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Scam using the name “Patent and Trademark Resource Center, LLC.”

June 16, 2017 - 10:57am

“Patent &Trademark Resource Center, LLC.”The site — at — mimics the USPTO site, uses a “.us” upper level domain, and is replete with typos.  The same source has also reputedly sent out mailings.

This year another scam using “Patent & Trademark Resource Center” already appears on USPTO’s Non-USPTO Solicitations page.  Please visit this page to learn about this and other scams. Please be caution your customers that some solicitations call themselves PTRCs. Please visit the PTRC webpage to learn about the legitimate purposes of PTRCs:
If you or one of your customers comes across deceptive solicitations, please also alert USPTO by sending an email to and include copies of the notice and the envelope it came in.  
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Inventor Info Chat

June 5, 2017 - 2:46pm
Because inventions are sold to consumers under one or more trademarks, it's important for inventors to understand:
  • How to select and protect trademarks
  • The different types of trademarks available
  • The overall system for trademark protection
  • The importance of doing a complete clearance search
  • Trademark resources available on the USPTO website
So please join us June 15 from 11 a.m. – noon (Eastern Time) for the Inventor Info Chat on "Trademark Basics", using this link to attend.* *This program will be presented using WebEx. Please verify your ability to use WebEx ahead of time.More information is available on the Inventor Info Chat webpage.
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Patent Quality Chat

May 30, 2017 - 4:26pm
The USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar series continues June 13, from noon – 1 p.m. ET on “Patent Quality Metrics.” The speakers will be discussing the latest evolution of our patent quality metrics that divides them into:
  1. Product indicators, focusing on correctness and clarity;
  2. Process indicators, tracking efficiency and consistency; and
  3. Perception indicators, validating our first two indicators.
More information about these metrics is available on our Quality Metrics page.  We look forward to hearing your feedback on our current metrics and how to make our updated metrics available to you on a regular basis. Send your input and questions to patentquality@uspto.govbefore and during the event.
The Patent Quality Chat webinar series is presented as a part of the USPTO’s continuous quality improvements through the Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative (EPQI).  Visit the Patent Quality Chat page to learn more and attend this event.
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