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Be Vigilant Against Trademark Scams



Be careful of scammers who may contact you after you file a trademark application. They may contact you even if an attorney files the application.


The most common scam seems to be a trademark publication or registry. You'll get a letter that basically asks you to send an amount of money to publish your trademark. The fine print says it's not an invoice and you don't have to pay the amount, but doesn't it look exactly like an invoice?  



 

If you've paid your filing fees to the USPTO, they will publish the Official Gazette and will also take care of issuing registrations.


You may also receive a notice with incorrect renewal dates, asking you to pay fees to renew your trademark registration. You can view when maintenance is due on the USPTO's website, or reach out to your attorney.


I have also seen false statements that your trademark has been cancelled, when, in fact, it is still being examined!



Be careful about any communication you receive that is not from your trademark attorney or from the USPTO. Your trademark attorney should be happy to answer any questions related to mail you receive, so be sure to reach out.


Please note that the information contained in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and not as specific legal advice. The facts of your situation may differ from this general information. It is not intended to and does not in any way establish an attorney-client relationship.


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