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How to Avoid Trademark Scams

Once your trademark is registered with the USPTO you will be subjected to companies trying to solicit your business.  Your federal trademark application and registration information is available on the USPTO database. Private companies, not associated with the official government office, may send mailings or emails directly to you to solicit your business.

They may offer legal services, monitoring services, US Customs and Border Protection, etc.  They will indicate that there are fees to be paid.  Often the names they use are similar to the USPTO and may include terms like U.S., United States, Registration, Office, Agency, Patent, etc.

Often the goal is to make their notification appear legit and official.  Often the fees they request are unnecessary.

How can I tell the difference between potentially misleading trademark offers and notices and legitimate USPTO emails and notices?

  1. All official correspondence about your trademark application or registration will be from the “United States Patent and Trademark Office” in Alexandria, Virginia, and all emails will be from the domain “@uspto.gov.”
  2. You have not previously hired this company.  If you hired a law firm or a company to complete your trademark registration, they will receive legitimate USPTO notices and will notify you.  See a list below of companies that have sent these notices and example letters.
  3. Read the offer carefully.  Does it make sense?  Is the fee necessary? Once your trademark is registered with the USPTO, the only future fees from the USPTO will be a declaration of use after 5 years and renewals every 10 years.
  4.  Contact an attorney you trust!  Inspired Idea Solutions will advise you, free of charge, of the legitimacy of the notice and if you need to do anything.

We do not want you to be the victim of a scam.

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List of companies that send out these misleading trademark offers and notices-

Click the name to view an example of the solicitation they sent

Here is a video from the USPTO with examples

More information from the USPTO about these solicitations