Beware of bogus invoices being sent out for registered community designs.

An increasing number of OHIM users are receiving unsolicited mail from unofficial registration services asking for money in connection with Community Trade Marks and or Registered Community Designs.

If you receive a letter or invoice please check carefully with your solicitors what is being offered to you and whether it comes from an official source. A genuine letter from OHIM can be determined by your representative or by checking on the OHIM website.

However if you have a representative the only official communication you will receive will come from them and you may assume that all other requests for money are bogus.

The OHIM website has examples of genuine letters and sample letters from firms or registers, which have nothing to do with OHIM’s registers or official publications. Make sure your accounts department or the person paying your bills is aware of this information.

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