Scam Trade Mark Notices – what to look out for?
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:
when your new trade mark is applied for and the application becomes public
when your trade mark is due for renewal
There are commonly two types of letters you may receive:
letters asking you for payment of a filing fee (that is not due)
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: