Attorney warns about spoof TMVIEW search site – Domain Name Wire

Site could be tracking trademark searches.

Attorney John Berryhill is warning people about a website that he says is spoofing the popular TMview trademark search database. It appears that a business tied to Michael Gleissner is running the site.

The official TMview website run by EUIPO is at tmdn.org. It lets people search across multiple trademark databases, and is a popular site for trademark attorneys running preliminary checks.

If you go to TMview.com, however, you’ll see a site that looks very much like TMDN.org. The links at the top for “about” and “news” etc. don’t work, and the news updates are a couple years old. Here’s a comparison:

The site on the left is TMview.com and the right is TMDN.org.

If you submit a search on the fake site it forwards you to the real site but doesn’t perform the search. Berryhill believes it’s set up to record searches that attorneys are using to run preliminary checks before filings trademarks.

So who is behind the spoof site? The domain is registered to Institute of Advanced Networking Technologies LLC, but the whois email address is domains@corp.bigfoot.com.

Bigfoot is a company connected to Michael Gleissner, who has been criticized for questionable trademark filings and activities. His companies have lost many UDRPs for dictionary words, were ordered by UK’s Intellectual Property Office to pay a fine to Apple, and have filed trademarks matching .com domain names they don’t own. One of Bigfoot’s employees even suggested on his LinkedIn page that he was in the business of reverse domain name hijacking domain names.

So you can understand why Berryhill says this site is up to no good. Could trademark searches performed on the spoof site be correlated to trademark applications made by firms tied to Gleissner or domains registered?

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