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Will the USPTO contact me directly and request payment?

No. If you have requested your application through the contact for the USPTO will be one of our legal representatives. The legal representatives receive all communication and will always inform you of any relevant action necessary or payments required, through your Account Manager. The USPTO will never contact you directly.

With this in mind, note that there are companies that attempt to scam users by searching the USPTO database and contacting the owners of trademarks directly and seeking payment. If you have received a notification such as this do not hesitate to contact your Account Manager to confirm or disregard the notice if you are certain it is not from the USPTO but from a company trying to mimic the government entity. 

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