You know scammers are out of control when they start sending trademark scams to trademark attorneys.
Everything about this notice screams “official”. It has a UPC code. It’s from the “Patent and Trademark Bureau.” It says: “Form approved: OMBE 328-0119/”.
Anyone opening this and reading it would assume that she needs to write a check to the Patent & Trademark Bureau for $890.
The fine print says the sender is “not endorsed by the U.S. government” and that this is an “optional offer,” while in the bold print near the top it says:
“Your trademark is about to expire. Renewal date 01-05-2019.”
This trademark registration is NOT due for renewal. In fact, it’s impossible to file a renewal for this registration until the 5th anniversary of the registration date. The actual due date for the renewal is the 6th anniversary of the registration date. That means you can first file the renewal on January 5, 2021 and it isn’t due until January 5, 2022.
Other scam notices I’ve seen actually lie about the registration date just in case you know about the 5-6 year rule.
Someone would be hard-pressed to spend even an hour doing this filing. $890 for one hour’s work is insane. The fee is too high even if I give this scammer the undeserved benefit of the doubt and assume that the quoted fee includes what the Trademark Office will charge.
Please please please don’t be taken in by these scammers.
Thanks to Julie W. for sending me the fake notice she received and suggesting this blog post.