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How to avoid unnecessary payments to scam artists.

You receive an official-looking trademark notice requiring you to pay a "fee."  It may look like it is from a government agency or from a company with an official-looking name. It probably has information about a trademark application or registration you own.  It may look like it is a numbered communication that is being tracked.

The solicitation may indicate that the payment is for trademark monitoring services, "registration" with a private registry, recordation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or renewal of the trademark registration.

However, the notice most likely is a scam unless it is from your own attorney, or the United States Patent and Trademark Office from its domain "," or an official agency in another country such as the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland from its domain ""

If you are not sure whether or not such a notice is bona fide, you should check with your attorney before making any payment.

If you receive a notice from China that someone is going to register a domain name incorporating your trademark, this is likely another form of scam  We wrote about this in our Blog post of December 16, 2014

You may report a deceptive solicitation to the Federal Trade Commission at,  The FTC may consider taking action if a particular company is committing widespread unfair business practices.

For further information about trademark maintenance, please contact William M. Borchard.

This ON MY MIND™ Blog post © 2015 by Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., New York, NY. 

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