Scammers have recently started calling trademark customers and falsely claiming to be an employee with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The scammers use a tactic called “spoofing,” where they trick phone networks into displaying a fraudulent name, number, and location. They’re trying to trick you into believing you’re talking to the USPTO, so they can steal money or personal information from you.
If you receive a call from someone you suspect is a scammer, do not give them any personal identifying or payment information. The USPTO will never ask for your personal or payment information over the phone.
If you ever have questions about the status of trademark applications or your trademark rights, reach out to Emerge Law Group intellectual property practice group chair, Sean Clancy.