Beware of fraudulent service offers and invoices
Companies, both within Australia and overseas, continue to send sham invoices seeking payment to publish information in a "journal" for a fee. These companies monitor the official records of advertisement of acceptance of Australian trade mark applications, and issue official-looking letters and/or invoices. The offers to publish the trade mark are not associated with any registration process, and do not provide any value to the trade mark owners.
We also alert you to a scam whereby trade mark owners in Australia receive emails from companies purporting to be domain name registering organisations, and advising that other traders are seeking to register domain names incorporating owner's trade marks. These emails issue primarily from China and encourage trade mark owners to register numerous domain names in overseas countries as a defensive action.
David Franklin, Trade Marks Special Counsel - firstname.lastname@example.org
This Newsletter is for the general information of our clients. Its contents are not a complete statement of the law on any subject. Professional advice should be sought before any course of action is pursued.
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