Analysis

Trademark Law's Scam Problem Not Getting Better

Law360, New York (July 26, 2017, 6:31 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held public talks with federal prosecutors and regulators Wednesday to discuss the issue of scam letters targeting trademark owners — a longstanding and growing problem that experts say requires tougher action.

Speaking to representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, postal and customs regulators, industry groups and private law firms, USPTO Commissioner Joseph Matal called scams against trademark owners a "growing phenomenon" that "damages the credibility of the whole system."

"A lot of folks who are running small businesses, who aren't familiar with our agency, are taken in by this," Matal said....

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