Unsolicited offers - trade mark owners beware!
You are likely to receive unsolicited requests offering trade mark publication, renewal or watching services – a list of the most common companies is set out below.
These companies are in no way connected with our firm, our renewals service provider CPA Global or IP Australia and the services offered may be bogus, or for unnecessary services or at inflated charges. Whilst some of these companies are legitimate organisations which will attend to the actions offered, others are unlikely to, despite payment of fees.
What do they look like?
Many of the letters look official and use accurate trade mark information, including numbers and ownership details. Letters from Patent & Trademark Organisation LLC and TM-Edition are the most regularly received by our clients. An example is below:
When will I receive these letters?
The unsolicited requests are typically sent:
What should I do?
All correspondence and invoices in relation to your trade mark matters will issue through our firm directly or our renewals service provider CPA Global. If you receive any correspondence from another organisation and wish to verify its authenticity, please contact me or any of the trade mark team firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources of unsolicited requests
IP Australia has identified the following companies as being known to send unsolicited requests:
This list is not exhaustive and new organisations are identified regularly. Please contact us if you have any concerns, or wish to check the legitimacy of the correspondence/invoice received.
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