We have been made aware of an increased number of fraudulent notices that are sent to trademark owners that purport to be from the United States Patent and Trademark Office or an entity with a similar sounding name.
These notices, which appear to be official correspondence from the USPTO, solicit a variety of services from mark owners. Examples of the services typically offered in such notices are trademark monitoring services for pending applications and the filing of trademark maintenance documents for registered marks. These services are often offered at a premium and may indicate that there is an urgent deadline for responding.
In most instances, the USPTO will not send correspondence regarding trademark matters to the mark owner, and all your correspondence with the Trademark Office should occur through your IP counsel. If you receive one of these notices and are unsure if it has been sent from a legitimate source, please forward it to your attorney for review. Oftentimes the letters are offering services that an attorney can provide for a small fee.
DID YOU KNOW...
You can protect your registered marks from being used on counterfeit goods by registering the mark with the United States Custom and Border Protection? The U.S. Customs Service regulations provide that a trademark registered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the Principal Register may be recorded with the U.S. Customs Service for the purpose of prohibiting the importation of articles bearing a mark which copies or simulates the registered mark. If you are interested in having your mark recorded with Customs, please let us know.