Is the International Patent & Trademark Index (IPTI) A Scam?

Posted by Randy Michels on Apr 29, 2016 8:29:45 AM

One of the many benefits of a federal trademark registration is that it can serve as a basis for obtaining registrations in foreign countries. Unfortunately, a federal trademark registration can also make you a target for foreign scammers. Foreign scammers use information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO's) database to send trademark solicitations.

Within a matter of days of receiving a federal trademark registration, one of our clients received this official-looking invoice from the International Patent & Trademark Index (IPTI) for $2,356:

What is the IPTI? It is not a government agency. The U.S. trademark system is administered by the USPTO, which is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The international trademark system is administered by the Word Intellectual Property Organization, which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The IPTI is located in the Slovak Republic.

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Is The WPAT A Trademark Scam?

Posted by Randy Michels on Apr 28, 2016 7:14:21 AM

One of the many benefits of a federal trademark registration is that it can serve as a basis for obtaining registrations in foreign countries. Unfortunately, a federal trademark registration can also make you a target for foreign scammers. Foreign scammers use information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO's) database to send trademark solicitations.

Within a matter of days of receiving a federal trademark registration, one of our clients received this official-looking invoice from WPAT for $2,738:

What is the WPAT? It is not a government agency. The U.S. trademark system is administered by the USPTO, which is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The international trademark system is administered by the Word Intellectual Property Organization, which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WPAT is located in the Slovak Republic.

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Is The International Patent and Trademark Service (IPTS) A Scam?

Posted by Randy Michels on Feb 24, 2016 10:28:08 AM

One of the many benefits of a federal trademark registration is that it can serve as a basis for obtaining registrations in foreign countries. Unfortunately, a federal trademark can also make you a target for foreign scammers. Foreign scammers use information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO's) database to send trademark solicitations.

Recently, one of our clients received this official-looking invoice for $1,390 from the International Patent and Trademark Service (IPTS):

What is the IPTS? It is not a government agency. The U.S. trademark system is administered by the USPTO, which is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The international trademark system is administered by the Word Intellectual Property Organization, which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The IPTS is located in Warszawa, Poland.

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Is RPT Servis A Trademark Scam?

Posted by Randy Michels on Jan 13, 2016 4:03:34 PM

One of the many benefits of a federal trademark registration is that it can serve as a basis for obtaining registrations in foreign countries. Unfortunately, a federal trademark registration can also make you a target for foreign scammers. Foreign scammers use information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO's) database to send trademark solicitations.

Within a matter of days of receiving a federal trademark registration for our TRUST TREE brand name, we received an official-looking invoice from RPT Servis for $2,548.25:

What is RPT Servis? It is not a government agency. The U.S. trademark system is administered by the USPTO, which is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The international trademark system is administered by the Word Intellectual Property Organization, which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. RPT Servis is located in Slovakia.

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Is The World Patents Trademarks (WIPT) A Scam?

Posted by Randy Michels on Jan 13, 2016 3:36:26 PM

One of the many benefits of a federal trademark registration is that it can serve as a basis for obtaining registrations in foreign countries. Unfortunately, a federal trademark registration can also make you a target for foreign scammers. Foreign scammers use information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO's) database to send trademark solicitations.

Within a matter of days of receiving a federal trademark registration for our TRUST TREE brand name, we received an official-looking invoice from the World Patents Trademarks (WIPT) for $2,738:

What is the WIPT? It is not a government agency. The U.S. trademark system is administered by the USPTO, which is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The international trademark system is administered by the Word Intellectual Property Organization, which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WIPT is located in the Slovak Republic.

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Is The World Patent & Trademark Service (WPTS) A Scam?

Posted by Randy Michels on Jan 13, 2016 3:05:47 PM

One of the many benefits of a federal trademark registration is that it can serve as a basis for obtaining registrations in foreign countries. Unfortunately, a federal trademark registration can also make you a target for foreign scammers. Foreign scammers use information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO's) database to send trademark solicitations.

Within a matter of days of receiving a federal trademark registration for our TRUST TREE brand name, we received an official-looking invoice from the World Patent & Trademark Service (WPTS) for $2,356:

What is the WPTS? It is not a government agency. The U.S. trademark system is administered by the USPTO, which is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The international trademark system is administered by the Word Intellectual Property Organization, which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WPTS is located in the Czech Republic.

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Is The International Patent & Trademark Organization (IPTO) A Scam?

Posted by Randy Michels on Jan 11, 2016 4:14:28 PM

One of the many benefits of a federal trademark registration is that it can serve as a basis for obtaining registrations in foreign countries. Unfortunately, a federal trademark registration can also make you a target for foreign scammers. Foreign scammers use information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO's) database to send trademark solicitations.

Within a matter of days of receiving a federal trademark registration for our TRUST TREE brand name, we received an official-looking invoice from the International Patent & Trademark Organization (IPTO) for $2,225:



What is the IPTO? It is not a government agency. The U.S. trademark system is administered by the USPTO, which is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The international trademark system is administered by the Word Intellectual Property Organization, which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The IPTO is located in the Czech Republic.

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Is the EPTR Trademark Register a Scam?

Posted by Randy Michels on Jan 6, 2016 11:58:10 AM



One of the many benefits of a federal trademark application is that it can serve as a basis for obtaining priority and registrations in foreign countries. Unfortunately, a federal trademark application can also make you a target for foreign scams. Foreign scammers not associated with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) often use trademark information from the USPTO’s database to send solicitations.

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About This Blog

From their office in a meat packing plant turned creative community, the lawyers at Trust Tree craft articles on the importance of trademarks and the power of branding. When you visit our blog, you can expect lots of content related to those topics. Unfortunately, you can also expect lots of memes, lame jokes, bad puns, and shoutouts to Nashville. The goal of our blog is to help you learn a few things about trademarks in the least painful way possible.

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