Fraudulent Solicitations to Trademark Owners

Fraudulent Solicitations to Trademark Owners

Numerous owners of U.S. trademark registrations, as well as applicants for such registrations, have been targeted by unscrupulous parties who extract their names from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) databases and offer them services, often holding themselves out to be acting on behalf of the USPTO. In many instances, the services are never performed, or are performed in an incorrect manner that puts the registration at risk of cancellation. In addition, inflated fees may be charged for the alleged services. This roundtable will provide an opportunity for interested parties to share their ideas about how to address this problem.

In an effort to provide U.S. government officials with more information about the scope of this problem and to continue to raise public awareness about it, the USPTO and its Trademark Public Advisory Committee are hosting this free public roundtable on fraudulent and misleading trademark solicitations.

Parties who have been victimized by these scams, or attorneys whose clients have been victimized by them, are encouraged to speak at this roundtable. The USPTO has invited representatives from several federal agencies — including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Small Business Administration — to describe and hear about experiences with these scams.

Federal Register Notice:

Additional details about the meeting appear in the Federal Register notice, published June 29, 2017.

Registration:

The meeting will be open to members of the public to attend on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is free, and is required to attend the meeting in Alexandria. Registration can be done online in advance of the meeting at the link below, and may also be available on site one half hour on the day of the meeting, space permitting. Register to attend.

Requests to speak:

Individuals wishing to speak at the roundtable must complete the on-line registration no later than July 17, 2017, and include their name, contact information (telephone number and e-mail address), the organization(s) the person represents, if any, the topics they wish to address, and the approximate length of the presentation.

Parties who have been selected to speak may do so either at USPTO main campus or via webcast at one of the USPTO Regional Offices:

Webcast:

The public meeting will be available for viewing via live webcast:

  • Meeting ID number: 997 113 088
  • Password: NPnJtvBf

Agenda:

The agenda can be viewed here.

Additional information:

The registration website provides additional information about directions and accommodation. For non-press inquiries, please contact Leigh Lowry at the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, telephone (571) 272-9300, or by email at tmpolicy@uspto.gov.