Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C./photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently sounded an alarm about a scheme in which Chinese residents offer to pay U.S. lawyers to use their information in trademark filings, which could constitute the unauthorised practise of law. But in some cases, scammers in China and elsewhere are allegedly using attorneys’ signatures in trademark registration filings without permission.

This premium content is reserved for
Legal Week Subscribers.
Subscribe today and get 10% off.


  • Trusted insight, news and analysis from the UK and across the globe
  • Connections to senior business lawyers within the leading law firms and legal departments
  • Unique access to ALM's unrivalled, market-leading reporting in the US and Asia and cutting-edge research, including Legal Week's UK Top 50 and Global 100 rankings
  • The Legal Week Daily News Alert, Editor's Highlights, and Breaking News digital newsletters and more, plus a choice of over 70 ALM newsletters
  • Optimized access on all of your devices: desktop, tablet and mobile
  • Complete access to the site's full archive of more than 56,000 articles

Already have an account?

For enterprise-wide or corporate enquiries, please contact Paul Reeves on Preeves@alm.com or call on +44 (0) 203 875 0651

Phillip Bantz

Phillip Bantz is a reporter for Corporate Counsel. Follow him on Twitter @PhillipBantz.

More from this author


Legal Week Newsletters & Alerts

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your subscription, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters and alerts. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2019 American Lawyer Media International, LLC. All Rights Reserved.