Trademark Email Scam Alert: Did You Receive Notice of Attempt to Register Brand Name?

Foster Garvey PC

Have you recently received an email, phone message or letter claiming that another business or individual is attempting to register a business name that is either identical or similar to your brand? Beware, as this could be a scam or solicitation tactic.

How to identify this particular scam

The notice will state that if you don’t act immediately, you may lose your rights to the name. The notice may or may not reference names like the Lanham Act and potential remedies available to trademark holders.  

The notice will likely state that if you do not act, the party writing you will continue to work with the other business or individual to help them secure the business name. The language of the notice may sound formal and incorporate unusual phrases such as, “potential repercussions involving court-ordered cessation of trademark usage” or “the issuance of a cease-and-desist directive”.

These tactics are similar to the domain name solicitations or renewal solicitations you may have seen in recent years. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is aware of the problem and issued a warning regarding misleading notices found here.

What you need to do

Our advice? Refrain from responding to these notices, as they may be attempts to gather sensitive information. If your brand name is already a registered trademark, this is likely your best defense against unauthorized use.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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