I received the offer below in the mail last week. Trademark owners beware. This mailing is not from the government. The cost is quite high – especially if they are not providing legal services.
This service is from “Patent&Trademark Bureau” or “Patent & Trademark Bureau” of Philadelphia, PA. This is not a government agency and in no way affiliated with the USPTO.
The deadline cited in the offer is wrong. The renewal needs to be filed by July 15, 2018 (and after that, there is a six month grace period available). It is intentionally misleading.
Are they attorneys? What services do they offer in exchange for their fee of $1650? Does that include the USPTO filing fees?
They state that “trademarks may be lost if they are failed to be renewed in time.” In addition to poor grammar, this is not accurate. Registration rights may be lost, but common law rights continue – if the mark is still being used in commerce.
I suggest that anyone affected by this issue write to the USPTO, the FTC, and the Post Office and urge them to move more quickly and more forcibly to bring an end to these scams.
- U.S. Postal Inspection Service: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/contactUs/filecomplaint.aspx
- USPTO Office of the Solicitor: http://www.uspto.gov/about-us/organizational-offices/office-general-counsel/office-solicitor
- Federal Trade Commission complaints: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/