A few years ago, we warned about scammers who were sending official-looking notices from the "Business Filings Division," asking for $239 for statement of information filings. It was all a scam -- but I remember spending fifteen minutes looking at one, trying to verify that it wasn't official.

It seems that these scammers are back, only this time they are hitting on companies with applications or registrations with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. They look official and ask for the payment of fees. If you are catching up with paperwork on a Friday evening, you don't want to fall for this. If you have a trademark application or registration, the only office that will contact you is the "United States Patent & Trademark Office," which is in Alexandria, Virginia, and the email domain is "@uspto.gov." If you have questions, both our firm and the USPTO can help keep the scammers away.