A client forwarded me the latest scam they received this week, this one from WPTR or World Patent and Trademark Register.
It is not from the government. It does not provide any tangible value.
The bill in the amount of $2,356.00 is outrageous. Their private registry has no real value and is not consulted by any professional I have met in more than 20 years in the field of trademarks.
It appears that last year the scam went by IPTR, and before that by “IPTI.” This private database or ‘international registry’ has not legal or practical value, it has no affiliation with any government agency. The cost of $2356 is outrageous – because the value is worth $0.
Will the USPTO, TPAC, the Department of Justice, the Small Business Administration, the Federal Trademark Commission, the Department of Commerce, or the U.S. Postal Service ever get serious about stopping these scam solicitations and prosecuting the offenders?
For more on such scams, see:
- World Trademark Review: Call for USPTO to “pound its fist more loudly” in efforts to tackle trademark solicitation scams