An increase in number of unsolicited and misleading letters and invoices was recently reported, where the owners of intellectual property rights are asked to pay fees for ostensibly performed services related to registration of trademarks, designs or patents.
Trademarks and other attributes, which are extremely similar to those in use by Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), mark some of the misleading invoices. Please refer to an example of the unsolicited invoice here.
Please note that the companies sending misleading invoices are not affiliated in any way with any official trademark or design registration service, provided by public bodies within the European Union, such as OHIM, or WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). These entities never send invoices or e-mails, where owners of intellectual property rights are asked to pay for any services. All the official fees of OHIM, as well as WIPO, are to be paid using officially approved fee calculation systems that may be found on their websites.
Please find more examples of unsolicited and misleading letters here.
In case you have any doubts regarding the invoices received, please do not hesitate to contact us.