Quite frequently, clients send me copies of official-looking documents that they have received relating to a non-U.S. patent, trademark or domain name. The documents typically describe an upcoming deadline and request that the client pay a fee in order to keep the patent, trademark or domain name in effect.
My advice to clients who receive these letters is generally this: “if you didn’t receive it from your attorney, it’s probably a scam.”
My colleague Christopher Kinkade recently published a useful article describing the USPTO’s official warning about such scams for trademarks, along with a companion article relating to domain name registration scams. To read Chris’ articles, click here (trademarks) or here (for domain names).