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One Trademark Scammer Caught! Many More To Go

Trademark scammers abound in the marketplace. Their aim: to defraud legitimate trademark owners who have taken the time to register their trademarks with the USPTO.  I have warned clients and potential clients for years about these scams. Recently, one scammer was actually caught and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina. What the Scam Was and What Happened After the Scammer Was Caught Viktors Suhorukovs defrauded approximately 2,900 […]

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USPTO Trademark Application Filing Issues You Need to Know About

I received a phone call from an attorney this week asking me if I had recently encountered any problems filing trademark applications with the USPTO.  She proceeded to explain that she had filed a trademark application with the USPTO via the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) on April 15, 2021 and received the email filing receipt from the USPTO with an assigned serial number. However, the trademark application never appeared in the Trademark Status & […]

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Get Your Submissions in Now — Trademark Fees are Going Up in 2021

On January 2, 2021, many fees for trademark applications and maintaining trademark registrations  are going to increase according to a recent announcement from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Which fees are going up? There are quite a few, including applications for trademark registration, maintenance filings, and some Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) filings. Additionally, there will be a number of completely new fees. Below, we’re going to cover some of the […]

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Beware of This New USPTO and Trademark Email Scam

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an alert in September 2020 regarding a new email scam.  Email messages are showing up in trademark owners’ inboxes that appear to be from USPTO but are actually from third parties. Be aware that any correspondence appearing to be from this government agency may be fraudulent and pay careful attention.  Learn why this digital scam may be surfacing now, key indicators that the email you received […]

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USPTO Extend Deadlines Due to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act) was signed into law at the end of March 2020. Provisions within the CARES Act allowed the USPTO and the TTAB to grant extensions of time for certain filings. The USPTO swiftly announced last week that certain 30-day filing extensions are now available.  These extensions encompass certain trademark-related documents and fee payment submissions. New deadlines fall between March 27 and April 30, 2020. If […]

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