|AG Sorrell looks nice...|
Now Mr Sorrell again defends his local residents against deceptive practices undertaken by companies leveraging IP rights. In this instance, the AG's target was a New York-based company called Patent & Trademark Agency, LLC (PTA). PTA sent letters to numerous businesses, including many located in Vermont, offering to renew their trade marks for a charge of between $985 and $1750. The PTA fee is substantially higher than the cost of renewing a trade mark directly with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The USPTO itself took issue with the actions of PTA, noting that the letters PTA sent to its targets had “a tendency to confuse recipients into thinking [PTA] is a U.S. Government entity.” Among the confusing aspects of PTA's activities were its use of the letter recipients' official federal trade mark filings on record with the USPTO and a website design that utilized similar layout, fonts and color schemes to that of the USPTO's website. PTA has since redesigned its website in response to the USPTO objections. [Notes Merpel, it's good to know that the USPTO defends its own intellectual property, especially to protect businesses from parties acting unscrupulously.]
|...but he's on a mission to |
crush IP trolls.
Perhaps other state attorneys general should take notice and ensure that the PTA is no longer sending their local businesses similarly confusing and deceptive letters regarding trade mark renewals.