The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has reissued its warning about fraudulent trademarking solicitations purporting to be official communications from the agency. The USPTO website now provides direct links to 13 examples of the non-USPTO solicitations about which the agency has received complaints within the past several months.
Why the warning? Private companies not associated with the USPTO are using trademark application and registration information from the USPTO’s databases to mail or e-mail trademark-related solicitations, which may include offers: (1) for legal services; (2) for trademark monitoring services; (3) to record trademarks with U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and (4) to “register” trademarks in the company’s own private registry.
Given the growing incidence of these scams, the USPTO encourages applicants and registrants to read trademark-related communications carefully before making a decision about whether to respond. In addition, it points out that all official correspondence will be from the “United States Patent and Trademark Office” in Alexandria, VA, and if by e-mail, specifically from the domain “@uspto.gov.”
While some of the correspondence you receive regarding your intellectual property may be legitimate, you should confirm their legitimacy before enrolling in these services or sending any money.