Owners of U.S. trademark applications and registrations are receiving fraudulent emails that appear to originate from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) domain, @uspto.gov. These emails are a scam and do not come from the USPTO.
- Spoof the USPTO email address (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Falsely claim that the USPTO has a new policy requiring separate registration of “clients” and that there is a “penalty” for not complying.
- Provide incorrect USPTO trademark filing information (e.g., incorrect fee information).
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