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We interrupt our usual patent and trademark news to bring you this tech anecdote. And to ask a small favor.
Recently, we sent an email to a company saying that their trademark was ready to file. And we sent reminders. Many reminders. Days passed, then weeks, then months. Then I sent an email to every address I had on file for this company. Finally we got a reply. As it turns out, our first email was caught in their s-p-a-m filters and was never delivered!
As you know, we really try not to include legalese in our emails, but we are lawyers, so there will be *some* legal language.
In any event, here is the favor: Please update your s-p-a-m filters to allow email from “clocktowerlaw.com” and “firstname.lastname@example.org” to get through.
And why do I often use my MIT email address? Because I get another layer of s-p-a-m filtering on the replies!
Ain’t technology grand?
We are all victims.
Did you recently receive an email like this?
Subject: Notice of appearance
From: Notice to Appear (email@example.com)
Date: Mon 10/13/14 6:40 PM
Attachment: Note_5814_copy.zip (104.0 KB)
Notice to Appear,
The copy of the court notice is attached to this letter.
Please, read it thoroughly.
Clerk to the Court,
Whenever you get suspicious emails like the above, you should Google any text in the email to see if it is true or a fraud. For example:
“The copy of the court notice is attached to this letter”
Doing a simple search like this will help your realize that this is, in fact, a fraud:
* Snopes: Court Notice Scam
Clocktower is one of many prominent law firms victimized by this fraud:
* ABA Journal: Beware Of Email Attachments Purporting To Carry Case Information, Courts Warn (2014-01-16)
The message you reference was not sent by Clocktower Law Group LLC, GiantPeople LLC (which publishes the ErikJHeels.com blog), or any owner, employee, or agent of either company. This court notice fraud has as being going on since at least as early as December 2013. So you should delete and ignore the email.
I’m including a list of possibly impacted domain names below to make finding this page – and the truth – easier.
Clocktower Domain Names:
- ClocktowerLaw.biz: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLaw.info: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLaw.net: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLaw.org: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLaw.us: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLaw.ws: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLawGroup.biz: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLawGroup.com: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLawGroup.info: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLawGroup.net: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLawGroup.org: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLawGroup.us: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- ClocktowerLawGroup.ws: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- CTLG.us: Clocktower Law Group (TM)
- LawyersForHumanBeings.com: Lawyers For Human Beings (TM)
- TheLawFirmWhereEverybodyKnowsYourName.com: The Law Firm Where Everybody Knows Your Name (TM)
GiantPeople Domain Names:
- BeaverLaw.com: Beaver Law
- BostonIntellectualPropertyLaw.com: Boston Intellectual Property Law
- BostonTrademarkLaw.com: Boston Trademark Law
- FreeStartupsTrademark.com: Free Startups Trademark
- FreeStartupsTrademarks.com: Free Startups Trademarks
- FreeStartupTrademark.com: Free Startup Trademark
- FreeStartupTrademarks.com: Free Startup Trademarks
- FreeTrademarkForStartup.com: Free Trademark For Startup
- FreeTrademarkForStartups.com: Free Trademark For Startups
- FreeTrademarksForStartup.com: Free Trademarks For Startup
- FreeTrademarksForStartups.com: Free Trademarks For Startups
- GamePatents.biz: Game Patents
- GamePatents.com: Game Patents
- GamePatents.info: Game Patents
- GamePatents.net: Game Patents
- GamePatents.org: Game Patents
- GamePatents.us: Game Patents
- GamePatents.ws: Game Patents
- IntellectualPropertyAttorneyBoston.com: Intellectual Property Attorney Boston
- IntellectualPropertyAudit.com: Intellectual Property Audit
- IntellectualPropertyLawBoston.com: Intellectual Property Law Boston
- IntellectualPropertyLawOffices.com: Intellectual Property Law Offices
- IntellectualPropertyLawyerBoston.com: Intellectual Property Lawyer Boston
- LawLawLaw.com: LawLawLaw (TM)
- MITAttorney.com: MIT Attorney
- MITAttorneys.com: MIT Attorneys
- MITIPAttorney.com: MIT IP Attorney
- MITIPAttorneys.com: MIT IP Attorneys
- MITIPLawFirm.com: MIT IP Law Firm
- MITIPLawyer.com: MIT IP Lawyer
- MITIPLawyers.com: MIT IP Lawyers
- MITLawFirm.com: MIT Law Firm
- MITLawyer.com: MIT Lawyer
- MITLawyers.com: MIT Lawyers
- MITLawyers.net: MIT Lawyers
- MITLawyers.org: MIT Lawyers
- MITPatentAttorney.com: MIT Patent Attorney
- MITPatentAttorneys.com: MIT Patent Attorneys
- MITPatentLawFirm.com: MIT Patent Law Firm
- MITPatentLawyer.com: MIT Patent Lawyer
- MITPatentLawyers.com: MIT Patent Lawyers
- MITTrademarkAttorney.com: MIT Trademark Attorney
- MITTrademarkAttorneys.com: MIT Trademark Attorneys
- MITTrademarkLawFirm.com: MIT Trademark Law Firm
- MITTrademarkLawyer.com: MIT Trademark Lawyer
- MITTrademarkLawyers.com: MIT Trademark Lawyers
- ParodyLaw.com: Parody Law
- PatentLawyerBoston.com: Patent Lawyer Boston
- PatentLawyersBoston.com: Patent Lawyers Boston
- PatentLegalAdvice.com: Patent Legal Advice
- PatentsEtc.com: Patents Etc.
- PatentsEtc.net: Patents Etc.
- PatentsEtc.org: Patents Etc.
- PlayPatents.biz: Play Patents
- PlayPatents.com: Play Patents
- PlayPatents.info: Play Patents
- PlayPatents.net: Play Patents
- PlayPatents.org: Play Patents
- PlayPatents.us: Play Patents
- PlayPatents.ws: Play Patents
- SportsPatents.biz: Sports Patents
- SportsPatents.info: Sports Patents
- SportsPatents.net: Sports Patents
- SportsPatents.org: Sports Patents
- SportsPatents.us: Sports Patents
- SportsPatents.ws: Sports Patents
- StartupsTrademark.com: Startups Trademark
- StartupsTrademarks.com: Startups Trademarks
- StartupTrademark.com: Startup Trademark
- StartupTrademarks.com: Startup Trademarks
- ToyPatents.biz: Toy Patents
- ToyPatents.com: Toy Patents
- ToyPatents.info: Toy Patents
- ToyPatents.net: Toy Patents
- ToyPatents.org: Toy Patents
- ToyPatents.us: Toy Patents
- ToyPatents.ws: Toy Patents
- TrademarkForStartup.com: Trademark For Startup
- TrademarkForStartups.com: Trademark For Startups
- TrademarkLawBoston.com: Trademark Law Boston
- TrademarkLawyerBoston.com: Trademark Lawyer Boston
- TrademarksForStartup.com: Trademarks For Startup
- TrademarksForStartups.com: Trademarks For Startups
Erik J. Heels is a patent and trademark lawyer for Boston startups, Red Sox fan, MIT engineer, and musician. He blogs about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll at ErikJHeels.com.