Don’t Fall To This Trademark Scam

I’m constantly amazed by the amount of scams that I see on the Internet, through email / mail and on AM Radio. Today, however, I may have seen the best one yet.

This looks totally official. And it’s priced so high, it’s actually somewhat believable that it’s real. But it’s not. They are charging $1000+ to put your Trademark on the Internet. I also love the Washington DC address to give a further air of credibility.

And if you check out the website, you’ll be further humored to find that it’s a Liechtenstein-based company which if you have a dispute, you consent to travel to their home turf to fight it. I hear that Liechtenstein is beautiful this time of year…

Trademark Scam
  • John Minnihan

    For those who have an existing trademark – i.e. the target of such a letter – be aware that you can re-register your own mark using the TEAS system on the uspto website.

    Expect to rec've these pitches near the anniversary of the 5th year of the granting of your trademark registration. (hence the timing of the letter to you, Jason… hey)

    There's plenty of documentation on this, so I won't bore anyone w/ too many details. The filing fee, as of recently, is $300. Be sure to use the "Combined Declaration of Use and Incontestability under Sections 8 & 15" and you're done for several years (maybe 9, I don't recall exactly…)

    Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, your mileage may vary, fruit's on the bottom, don't run with scissors, etc.

  • Craig Neugeboren

    I "pre-warn" my clients when I send them a copy of their TM registration that they will get these types of solicitations. DIY'ers will have more of a problem because their personal/company address is also the official corresondence address at the PTO. If you use an attorney to file the application, that is the official correspondence address. We can then tell the client up front that all legitimate communications will come through our office.

  • lukeobrien

    This is frighteningly common. Basically, whenever you make any sort of filing with a government entity — trademark, new company formation, changes in tax classification, etc. — where (1) you might reasonably be expected to have follow-up dealings with that entity and (2) the filing is publicly available, you can expect to get a flood of communications from vendors trying really hard to look like they're the govermental entity in question. They are all, without exception, completely useless. If they had any actual value, they would expend their energy trying to explain that value instead if trying to trick you into thinking their useless crap is mandatory crap.

  • You listen to AM radio?

    • Espn. 🙂

      Jason Mendelson

      Sent from my iPhone
      – please forgive iTypos.