ATTENTION: Users are warned to be especially alert due to a new misleading invoice in circulation, which takes the form of a fake EUTM renewal invoice.
The misleading invoice, which can be viewed here, has very recently been reported to the Office by users.
This latest misleading invoice uses the EUIPO’s logo, name, acronym and address, and purports to be an EUTM renewal invoice issued by the Office. It is mailed to users from Geneva, Switzerland, and includes a demand for a “registration and entry fee” to be transferred to a Polish bank account with a PL IBAN prefix.
ATTENTION: just few days ago (6 April 2020) EUIPO informed its users of a new scam: false invoices are sent bearing the logo, name, acronym and letterhead of the EUIPO with subject a false decision issued by the Office containing the request to pay a “Registration fee”, which should be transferred to a Polish bank account with an IBAN PL prefix.
In addition to having contacted the competent Polish banks and filing a criminal complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Warsaw, Poland (a criminal investigation is currently underway), EUIPO recalls that it never sends invoices to the users of its services. Therefore, if you receive any communication on EUIPO letterhead, be careful and bring it to the attention of your consultant. DO NOT PAY ANYTHING.
For several years, cyclically, the owners of trademarks are victims of attempted scams and scams by subjects who require the payment of deceptive services or non-existent expenses such as registration fees or undue renewals.
The serious aspect of the matter is that more recently these letters (most of them sent by e-mail and pec) bear the logo of the Ministry of Economic Development or of the UIBM, or have names which are very similar to the real offices, causing error in the recipient, who, believing them to be true, proceeds to the requested payment.
During these years, Italian Antitrust Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato) has sanctioned several cheating companies, as you can read from this document, but it seems not enough.
For this reason, we invite you to be very careful, keeping in mind that public authorities, which are responsible for registering trademarks and patents (among these UIBM, EUIPO WIPO), do not send any invoice.
We therefore recommend you not to sign and not to pay anything and, if you receive suspicious messages, to get in touch with your IP lawyer and/or trademark attorney, so that they can check them for you!
Thank you for your attention,