Individuals from China are attempting to change the “correspondent” information on United States trademark registrations. By submitting a “change of correspondent” to the USPTO (which can be done through an unsecured web portal), anyone can essentially “hijack” a trademark registration. It is assumed that this is being done in an attempt to game Amazon’s brand registry system. Essentially, once a “hijacker” has established him/herself as the correspondent on a trademark registration, he/she can obtain a code from Amazon to allow for special access to brand protection on Amazon’s platform.
World Trademark Review interviewed Josh Gerben about these recent attempts, and what efforts the USPTO should be implementing to address this issue:
“If we are the attorney of record, and someone tries to change that, we get an email.