Chinese Scammers Forging U.S., Canadian Attorneys' Signatures on USPTO Filings
When a U.S.-based intellectual property lawyer sought to find out why his client's trademark application for an app was rejected, he discovered that a Chinese company had filed an application for the same product based on screenshots of his client's app. Then he discovered the signature of a Canadian patent agent was used on the application without permission.
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.
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