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Fraudulent invoicing remains an issue. Companies all over Europe receive an increasing amount of unsolicited e-mails requesting payment for trademark and design services from companies, that pretend to be legitimate or official authorities.
When you receive a letter or an invoice, you should check if the source is genuine. Below you’ll find advice on what to look for – especially in your daily mail.
- Make sure the sender is an official source
Small changes in the spelling or the logo can appear. An example is WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) written as “World Intelligent Property Office” – or written at WIPP – World Intellectual Property Publishers. Note the logo below, which is similar to the official WIPO logo.
- Read the small print
Fake mail often contains invoices for submission to non-existing or valueless registers that have nothing to do with official authorities.
- Bear in mind the usual procedure
If you are working with IP consultants or administrators who stand by you before a given IP authority, it is highly unlikely, that you will receive the invoices directly.
Examples of fraudulent invoices:
The EUIPO and WIPO have both published lists of companies involved in fraudulent invoicing and gross fraud. The list can help companies that suspect they have been exposed to fraud or doubt the legitimacy of a specific invoice. Read more below.
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