Feb 17, 2021

Trade Mark and Design Applicants Beware

Trade mark and design applicants and owners are continuing to be targeted by scammers and unofficial organisations.

If you have recently instructed a law firm to file a trade mark or design on your behalf, or you have recently filed a trade mark or design yourself, please be aware that applicants are often targeted by scammers and unofficial organisations and sent fraudulent and unsolicited communications. The communications can often ask applicants to pay invoices in order to register or renew your trade mark or design or offer applicants registration services on unofficial private registers.

As a trade mark or design owner please be vigilant and if you are unsure on the legitimacy of a communication, before doing anything else, please forward it to McDaniels Law so we can assess the authenticity of the communication. Alternatively, you can email the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) at misleadinginvoices@ipo.gov.uk and someone from the IPO will respond to you.

Some of the organisations responsible for these communications are as follows:

• Easy Marca • EIPA • EUIP • Glo Trade • INT-Trademarks • International Property Services (IPS) • Uniform • World Intellectual Property Office for Trademarks (WIPOT) • World Patent & Trademark Agency • Heaper & Mead Int • International Patent and Trademark Register (IPTMR) • World Organisation for Trademarks (WOTR) • Intellectual Property Organisation Service (IPOS) • International Organisation Intellectual Property (IOIP) • International Trademark Register • International Fairs Directory

The UKIPO has issued some guidance on the matter which can be accessed on the www.gov.uk website.

If you have any concerns in relation to fraudulent and unsolicited communications please do not hesitate to contact the team at legal@mcdanielslaw.com or call us on 0191 281 4000.

Posted by: Hannah Flowers in: Legal News

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