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Owner Beware: Fraudulent Trademark Renewal Solicitation Scam

Written by by Stacey Friends

Trademark owners generally know that to maintain a trademark, a trademark holder must file the required documents. For trademarks, these filings occur between the fifth and sixth years after the registration date, between the ninth and tenth years after the registration date, and every 10 years after that for as long as the trademark is in use. These are long periods of time, and it can be easy to lose track of time. A reminder notice is always helpful, but holders must ensure the reminder comes from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), rather than a fraudulent organization or a so-called IP expert offering their assistance.

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