WARNING: Reminder about fake invoices
There have been a number of announcements from the UK Intellectual Property Office in the recent months, warning of fake invoices that could be very costly.
This warning still applies to the future. You need to be aware that not all correspondence you receive that appears to be legitimate is in fact that.
A number of fake invoices have been received by trade mark owners claiming to be form the UK IPO stating that their trade mark is up for renewal and a substantial higher than normal fee needs to be paid.
Your best course is to contact the UK IPO immediately and do not reply to any correspondence. Also it is very important that you do not pay anything they ask you to.
This will not get them of your back or solve the problem, they will keep coming to you under their act of a legitimate company collecting fees and extract more and more money from you.
Earlier this year, a company that had sent a large number of these fake invoices were taken to court by the UK IPO, who won and recovered a large amount of damages.
While we are hoping this is enough to prevent others from carrying on with this fraud, you can never be too careful.
Be vigilant, careful and thorough. All fees that should be paid the UK IPO are clearly stated on their website. These would not change from person to person.
If you are worried you have become a victim to this, contact Jayne at The Trademarkroom who can take you through the process one step at a time.
By Ellis Sweetenham