Trademark office scams are often disguised as official notices from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requesting payment of fees and/or threatening trademark cancellation.
Fake notices will attempt to deceive by promoting a variety of services and warnings related to trademark maintenance:
- Legal Services
- Assisting with an upcoming filing deadline
- Pending trademark cancellation
- Responding to an office action
- Using a name that resembles “USPTO” in all correspondence
- International Registry Protection
Solicitations will include accurate information related to your trademark such as the filing date or registration number. Private companies are able to find this information through government data publicly available from USPTO records.
The USPTO Educates the Public to Help Identify Trademark Scams
The USPTO is a great resource for trademark applicants and registrants. Visit their article Caution: misleading notices for more information about identifying trademark-related solicitations, what to do when you receive them, and a list of common examples.