I received the solicitation below this week from WIPT (World Patents Trademarks) for one of my trademark registrations (for SOFTMWARE®). For a mere $2,738, WIPT will publish my registered trademark in a directory that is essentially worthless.
Obviously people must fall victim to these scams, or else they would not continue to spend money on paper, ink and postage to send them out. If you have been a victim, I urge you to contact your local attorney general, the FTC, and the USPTO with details and to ask them to help shut down the offenders. And confer with local intellectual property counsel – perhaps victims could have a claim for damages against the directory publishers?