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Beware of Official-y Correspondence



Once you get that trademark filed be aware that your information is of public record, which means, unfortunately, some will mine that resource & some of those folks will send you solicitations. 

These solicitations often look very official, and "may use names that resemble the USPTO name, including, for example, one or more of the terms "United States," “U.S.,” "Trademark," "Patent," "Registration," "Office," or "Agency."  

Some will even have documents that resemble actual government documents rather than what you'd expect a company to send and this is often done by "emphasizing official government data like the USPTO application serial number, the registration number, the International Class(es), filing dates, and other information that is publicly available from USPTO records."

Most of these are asking you for money. That's your major warning flag.

"All official correspondence will be from the “United States Patent and Trademark Office” in Alexandria, VA, and if by e-mail, specifically from the domain “@uspto.gov.”

If you did receive something that you're not too sure about go ahead and forward it to me - shannon at tmexpress dot com - and I can confirm if it's official or not.

Read more about what the USPTO has to say about this here.


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leachmark707 said…
I am trying to start a business, and I want to register my business. How can I find out if the business name is taken? Is there a way I can search for business names?
Mark Leach | http://www.registryunlimited.com/corporate_registry.html
Shannon Moore said…
Hi Mark,

Thank you for your email & for taking the time to read my blog. A comprehensive search is what you're looking for - a search of the US Federal & State trademarks as well as the US National Common-Law files. Give us a ring - 800-776-0530 - or send an email - shannon at tmexpress dot com - and we'll provide you with further details. Thanks again!
Farahat & Co said…
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Andrei Mincov said…
We have published a cartoon that covers this topic: Unofficial Trademark Catalog Scam.

Check it out!
Andrei Mincov said…
Looks like the link didn't make it through.

http://trademarkfactory.ca/cartoon/unofficial_trademark_catalog_scam
Shannon Moore said…
That's great Andrei! Thanks so much for sharing that with me & my readers!

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