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Warning over misleading invoices

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Clients are warned to be aware of potential scam invoices sent by third parties for the payment of purported IP services.

Forresters has noticed a recent rise in misleading invoices sent to clients, particularly for trade mark services.

Please therefore be aware that various companies have been known to approach applicants, requesting the payment of fees to “register” trade marks in an unofficial database controlled by them.  Typically, they are sent directly to clients after an application has been filed by us, on the clients’ behalf.

The UKIPO and EUIPO have issued guidance, example scam invoices and a list of organisations that may send them.

Managing Partner Matt Shaw said: “Whatever ‘services’ these third parties appear to offer, they are often not legitimate and provide no additional legal benefit, whatsoever.  Other types of unsolicited correspondence sometimes relate to upcoming renewal fees, but at hugely inflated prices.

We strongly urge you not to pay any unexpected invoices from third parties for any IP services.

You should only pay invoices issued by Forresters or your appointed renewal fee payment provider. If in any doubt at all, please contact us.”