February 24, 2012 / Law Alert

Intellectual Property Law Alert: US Patent and Trademark Office warning

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has posted a warning on its website (www.uspto.gov) regarding solicitations that appear to be official notices. The notices come from private companies that are not associated with the USPTO.

The notice is typically made to resemble an official notice from the USPTO by including the trademark serial or registration number, classes, filing dates and other information that is publicly available on the USPTO’s database. Most of the notices appear to be an invoice stating an amount “due.” If you read the fine print (if it is even included), the fee is not for a legitimate government fee, but for legal services, trademark monitoring services, Customs recordation services, or inclusion in a private registry.

Read the full law alert: Intellectual Property Law Alert: US Patent and Trademark Office warning.