February 29, 2012
Protecting your trademark is a key part of your business. And scam artists know that. Because trademark filings are public information, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) databases and the Official Gazette, which is published weekly by the USPTO, are often mined by hucksters looking to earn a quick buck. Scams include requesting payment to be added to an alternate unofficial trademark registry or to secure foreign domain name rights, e.g. trademark.cn. The communications are often marketed with graphics like the American flag and variations on the USPTO name, such as USTRO or USTPA. Fraudulent companies often send frenetic correspondence regarding the need to renew a mark or face abandonment months before actual renewals become due, and hence months before valid correspondence from your law firm handling the trademark application would be received. If you receive any such correspondence, please read it carefully and contact the attorney handling your trademark affairs to avoid being fleeced by such frauds. Additional information from the USPTO about such scams is available here.
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September 26, 2011
Trademark owners that want to make sure their marks are not used in the newly-established .XXX internet domain have until October 28, 2011, to opt out of the domain. .XXX is a domain for adult entertainment websites, and was approved earlier this year by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The sunrise period for .XXX began on September 7, and runs through October 28, during which time applications are being accepted for adult entertainment industry members to register with the domain (called the “Sunrise A” period), as well as for trademark owners that are not in the adult entertainment industry to block the use of their names on the .XXX domain (the “Sunrise B” period). A trademark owner that registers during the Sunrise B period will effectively remove its brand name from the list of available domain names.
After October 28th, domain names become available to the general public, and trademark owners that have not opted out are at risk of having their marks used on the .XXX domain. The cost to register in Sunrise B generally ranges from $200 to $300, depending on which domain registrar is used to opt out of .XXX. You can find the list of accredited registrars here.
If you need assistance with registering your marks during the Sunrise B period, the attorneys at Strike & Techel are available to help.
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