When seeking to protect your brand, we can appreciate it can be a costly affairs for businesses.
This cost does allow you to build a wall of protection around your business, preventing anyone else impacting on the hard work you have put in.
However, it is important that any payments you are making are legitimate and are not coming from illegal sources.
it has been brought to our attention that fake invoices are being sent to trade mark applicants and trade mark owners claiming that thousands are due to be paid to either register their trade mark or renew their trade mark’s protection. We have seen these fake invoices first hand and anyone who is not up to speed with the genuine government bodies may fall foul and pay up.
To prevent this, we would like to confirm the legitimate government bodies who deal with IP matters are as follows:
- UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)
- EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
- World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
These bodies are working with the police to combat fraudulent companies attempting to get money by impersonating them.
If you have any doubt, please do not hesitate to get in touch to confirm if any letters or emails you have received are legitimate. Do not pay anything until you have spoken to the experts.