Our law firm received an email recently in which the subject line read “Real? Or not real?”; it was a message from a longtime client inquiring about a letter they had received in the mail. The notice claimed that the client’s trademark was up for renewal and requested substantial payment in order to file it. With its header, domain reference, and accurate information regarding the mark in question, the letter looks legitimate at first glance. However, trademark scams have become increasingly common as more and more people take advantage of the information made public through the USPTO’s online trademark register–and this case was no different.
Identifying Trademark Solicitations
Solicitation letters for trademark-related services are becoming more and more commonplace, and trademark owners should be cautioned against using these third-party offerings. To avoid falling victim to one of these fraudulent notices, here are some key points for trademark registration owners to keep in mind: