USPTO suspends accounts engaged in foreign sponsorship scam
Our review of filing data found sponsoring attorneys that abused the USPTO.gov sponsorship tool by sponsoring non-U.S. licensed foreign attorneys and non-attorneys. Their suspension orders are listed on the orders issued by the Commissioner for Trademarks webpage.
Solicitations and sponsorship scams
We’ve learned that numerous foreign filing firms are soliciting U.S.-licensed attorneys to try to scam the USPTO by:
Beware of this solicitation scheme and its consequences.
What to do
We’d like to know about these solicitations. Please report them to TMScams@uspto.gov. If anyone knows of an attorney who is allowing others to use their information or signature, or is sponsoring a USPTO.gov account for someone who is not the attorney’s support staff, contact the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) by emailing OED@uspto.gov.