CALL US: 206.533.3854
CALL US  206.533.3854
AEON Law logo full color transparent
AEON law logo on grey background

Don’t Let Trademark Scams Fool You

Trademark scams deceive,
Vigilance and knowledge,
Trust lawyers, be safe.

On April 27, 2023, the US Patent and Trademark Office held an online webinar titled “Trademark scams: How to avoid them and what to do if you get fooled.” Various types of trademark scams were introduced. As a trademark attorney myself, I hear about trademark scams from my clients who send me scam letters for confirmation. I appreciate how vigilant my clients are and how my clients trust me enough to ask me first. For those who might not be aware of this risk, here are some ways to identify and avoid trademark scams:

The trademark application process is deemed straightforwardly simple by some people. Moreover, some agencies offer ridiculously low pricing for filing a trademark application (you may have heard about “$49 File A Trademark Online”). However, be careful when you are tricked into thinking that the trademark application is easy and cheap. Agencies are sanctioned by the USPTO because they “solicit parties interested in applying for a trademark registration by touting falsely low fees and timeframes to obtain registration, or would use deceptive practices to coerce their logo design customers into allowing them to file U.S. trademark applications on their customers’ behalf.” What’s worse, they even “send customers false, yet official-looking letters, bearing the actual seal of the USPTO, threatening customers with legal action if they failed to register their logos with the USPTO within a particular time period.” Applications filed by those agencies are terminated, and the impacted applicants have to start the application process all over. 

Therefore, here is the last tip to avoid trademark scams: it’s always recommended to find a trademark lawyer to assist you with your trademark applications.


1 https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/TM-Sanctions-Order-Abtach-et-al.pdf visited on April 27, 2023

Related Articles

Trademark Denied for “ChatGPT”

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has denied OpenAI’s applications to trademark “ChatGPT” and “GPT.” The Final Office Action states, “Registration is refused because the applied-for mark ...
Read More

Federal Circuit: “Improving User Experience” Isn’t Patentable

The Federal Circuit has affirmed a lower court decision that patent claims for methods and systems for improving how search results are displayed to users ...
Read More

Patent Office Issues Guidelines for Enablement after Amgen

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published new Guidelines for Assessing Enablement in Utility Applications and Patents in View of the Supreme ...
Read More

Stay Informed

Sign up to receive Patent Poetry—a monthly roundup of key IP issues in our signature haiku format. Four articles (only 68 syllables); zero hassle.

SECTORS

HIGH
TECHNOLOGY

Artificial Intelligence

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Computer Technology & Software

Consumer Electronics

Electrical Devices

MECHANICAL
& PRODUCTS​

Cleantech

Mechanical Devices

Consumer & Retail Products

Hardware & Tools

Toys & Games

LIFE SCIENCES
& CHEMISTRY​

Biotechnology

Chemical Compounds

Digital Health

Healthcare Products

Pharmaceuticals

BRANDING
& CREATIVE​

Books & Publications

Brand Creation

Luxury Products

Photography & Video

Product Design

SERVICES

PROTECT

DEAL

DEFEND