United States Patent and Trademark Office warns about impostor scam

Patent License agreement on a table. Copyright concept.

If you’ve recently patented or trademarked a certain product, you may be a target in a scam looking to trick you into paying unnecessary fees.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and FTC are warning the public about companies pretending to be the USPTO or its partner. The USPTO says the forms being sent contain names and emblems that copy the look of “official” government forms.

According to the FTC, the companies send official-looking solicitations that offer services like trademark registration renewal, trademark monitoring, recording trademarks with government agencies, or listing them on private registries.

The FTC has stated these services are usually overpriced, unnecessary, or deceptive.

Unfortunately, some patent or trademark holders have paid impostors hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Any official mail from the

USPTO will come from the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA. Any email will contain the domain “@uspto.gov”.

If you’ve experienced this scam, you can report it to BBB’s Scam Tracker and to the FTC.



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