Scam Trade Mark Notices – what to look out for?

Posted on: March 29th, 2016

If you have applied for or already have a trade mark, you may receive false letters claiming that a payment is required for protection of your trade mark. The letters are often issued as invoices which claim to be from government trade mark offices: but beware, as they could be a sophisticated scam.

Here are some points to consider:

There are two occasions when you are more likely to receive these letters:

Trade mark 1  when your new trade mark is applied for and the application becomes public

Trade mark 2  when your trade mark is due for renewal

There are commonly two types of letters you may receive:

Trade Mark 3   letters asking you for payment of a filing fee (that is not due)

Trade Mark 5   letters offering services to renew your trade marks for greatly excessive fees

If you receive any correspondence regarding your trade marks, or any other intellectual property rights, Coffin Mew can assist in verifying the information and taking appropriate action if it is found to be false or misleading.

If Coffin Mew manage your trade marks as your appointed representative, all correspondence should come to us from the relevant organisations.

Please visit the following websites for more information and examples of false letters and invoices: