November 14, 2012
|Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Back, but Same Problems and Questions Remain
Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has vowed to bring the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) up for a vote in the lame-duck session, and it looks as though the vote could take place this week.
|US-Canada Integrated Cybersecurity Agenda
Bay Area Indymedia
Under the guise of cybersecurity, the U.S. and Canada have been individually pushing draconian legislation domestically which would grant government agencies sweeping new powers. The implications would be far reaching and pose a risk to privacy.
|DHS aims to hire 600 cybersecurity pros — if it can find them
November 13, 2012 — CSO — The Obama administration is hoping to make good on its promise to create new jobs — in this case, 600 of them in cybersecurity.
|The Alarming Trend of Cybersecurity Breaches and Failures in the US …
This summer, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) failed to pass the Senate, with Democrats and Republicans alike voting against the bill. The overriding concern was that the regulatory approach of the bill would be ineffective at best and harmful at worst.
|The Elections and Cybersecurity
When President Obama was reelected last week, political pundits quickly turned to speculation and prognostication. Was the president’s reelection tantamount to a mandate? Would the election motivate both parties away from partisanship ?
|NSA: Looking for a few good cybersecurity professionals
Network World – At a time when cyberattacks on America’s critical infrastructure have increased 17-fold (between 2009 and 2011), the need for highly trained cybersecurity professionals is acute. However, 83% of federal hiring managers in a recent …
|Senate readies for fight over cybersecurity surveillance
has inserted the cybersecurity bill into the Senate’s post-election calendar, and a vote could happen as early as this week after debate on a proposal to open more public land for hunting and fishing. That move has reignited a long-simmering dispute …
|Governor launches cyber security training program
The program offers students and Internet technology professionals a full curriculum of meetings and workshops as well as critical cybersecurity training and awareness tools. The new cyber range serves as a central resource hub and a partner in …
|Seven 2013 Cybersecurity Predictions from Websense Security Labs
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 13, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — From mass compromises of WordPress to a spear-phishing attack on the White House, there is no doubt cybercriminals gained confidence and momentum in 2012. To help organizations prepare for next year, the …
|Researcher to tackle cyber security for North American power grid
In response, Waterfall Security Solutions has announced a $234,000 donation to Michigan Technological University, in support of Dr. Chee-Wooi Ten’s research into the cyber-security of the North American power grid. Dr. Ten’s research addresses these …
March 26, 2012
It seems that every few months my clients get a raft of notices from very “official” sounding business, like “United States Trademark Protection Agency” seeking payment for services that appear to be necessary to maintain a trademark application or registration. As technology improves speed and efficiency, more of these opportunists are appearing.
U.S. Trademark Applications & Registrations are Public Records.
Filing an application for U.S. trademark registration makes certain information publicly available in the U.S. Trademark Office records. Several companies have been scraping these records and generating “official looking” notices and even invoices to unsuspecting companies. These notices appear strikingly similar to governmental agency communications and direct you to pay fees for registration, monitoring (keeping an eye out for applications similar to yours) and for filing with domestic or international lists, directories, etc.
MANY OF THESE ARE SCAMS.
Despite claims otherwise, the United States Trademark Protection Agency (USTPA) is NOT a governmental agency and the U.S. Trademark Office (USPTO) web site even showed a warning that the USTPA is NOT affiliated with the USPTO.
Some companies charge fees to be listed in their worldwide trademark registration directories. These are not official filings, their usefulness is limited and they have no legal effect.
Other companies hire non-legal administrators to do trademark filings without proper supervision or training. These companies can prove very costly due to filing problems. I hope you are not confused by such mailings. Often, if you are represented by counsel, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office will not send mailings directly to you, they will be sent to your attorney of record. While some of these companies offer legitimate services, you should seek advice from legal counsel before utilizing them. Some examples of these companies include the following:
- Globus Edition S.L. in Spain
- Trademark Renewal Service in Washington, D.C.
- Company of Economic Publications Ltd. in Austria
- Edition The Marks KFT in Hungary
- United States Trademark Protection Agency located in Seattle, Washington
- Institute of Commerce for Industry, Trade, and Commerce located in Switzerland
- CPI (Company for Publications and Information Anstalt) in Liechtenstein (a phantom company which says it works with
- The Publication of Brand Names of the International Economy – another phantom company)
- IDM International Data Medium AnsbH in Liechtenstein
- S.A.R.L. – Societe pour Publications et Information located in Austria
- TMI Trademark Info Corporation located in Pearland, Texas
- ZDR – Datenregister GmbH in Germany
Many of these organizations send notices that look like invoices. I suggest that you not make payments without first consulting your attorney.