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Trademark Office Fails to Prevent Fraud in Registrations, IG Says

Aug. 16, 2021, 9:15 PM

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office doesn’t have effective controls and procedures in place to respond to fraudulent or inaccurate trademark registrations, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Inspector General said.

The agency lacks controls to effectively enforce the U.S. attorney rule, approve trademark filings with altered or mocked-up evidence for use in commerce, or ensure accurate identification of goods and services, the office said in a report.

Overall, the PTO lacks a comprehensive fraud risk strategy, it said. Although the Trademark Modernization Act increased the PTO’s ability to respond to fraud, the agency still faces challenges, according ...

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