The individual behind the fraudulent "Patent and Trademark Office, LLC" has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison and ordered to pay over $4.5 million in restitution. If you have ever filed a trademark application, you may have received a misleading solicitation from this company, or one of dozens of others, because the details of a trademark application are publicly available. These requests are designed to look like legitimate communications from official sources, and often request payment to meet a deadline, but merely reference the information published on the application in order to appear official. The United States Patent and Trademark Office maintains a list of misleading notices for reference, and works closely with the Department of Justice and United States Postal Inspection Service to combat the issue.
Latvian Citizen behind "Patent and Trademark Office, LLC" Convicted of FraudWritten by W. John Eagan
Mr. Eagan earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and his law degree, with honors from the University of Miami. While at the University of Miami he served as the Inter-American Citator and an Articles and Comments Editor for the Inter-American Law Review. Mr. Eagan is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida and concentrates his practice in Intellectual Property litigation.