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Cantor Colburn Client Alert: USPTO Cautions Trademark Owners about Recent Spoofed Calls

February 1, 2023

Spoofed Calls Target Trademark Owners

On February 1, 2023, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a warning for users and staff about scammers targeting trademark applicants and registrants by calling and falsely claiming to be employees of the USPTO. The scammers’ tactic of “spoofing” calls employs fake caller ID information in order to steal money and/or personal information.

The USPTO stated that it can be difficult to tell if a call is fraudulent, since the scammers often use technology to display name, number, and location that matches that of legitimate USPTO employee information. Please note that USPTO employees will never ask you for your personal or payment information, such as your social security number or credit card details, over the phone.

If you receive a spoofed USPTO call, the USPTO recommends you take the following actions:

What This Means to You

If you paid money or gave a caller personal information, see the USPTO guidance: What to do if you’ve been scammed. You can take further action by filing a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

For Further Information & Assistance

If you have questions about what this means to you or any questions in general about your trademark matters, please do not hesitate to contact us: Michelle Ciotola or Sara T. Colburn. Mumina Egal, Legal Extern, contributed to this alert.

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