Fake specimens of use in US trademark applications

Two academics at NYU Law School have released a fascinating paper about fake specimens of use in US trademark applications. The article says:

… with respect to use-based applications originating in China that were filed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2017 solely for apparel goods, we estimate that 66.9% of such applications included fraudulent specimens. Yet 59.8% of these fraudulent applications proceeded to publication and then 38.9% proceeded to registration.

The reason that I learned about this paper is that (a) I am subscribed to the e-Trademarks listserv and (b) alert listserv member John L. Welch posted a link to this paper on that listserv.  Thank you John!

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