Warning - false invoices


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Warning - false invoices


Do not pay IP invoices from others than Leogriff without consulting us

We experience weekly that our clients get scam invoices, usually related to a patent or trademark publication. For a trademark that is briefly after filing, for a patent that is usually 18 months after the first filing. 

The invoices are partly from companies passing off as WIPO, EPO or OHIM - or from service providers selling catalogue or search services that you in no way need.

Some even include a scam "warning" that others send out request for payment of fees.

You can read more about these scams here: 

If Leogriff acts as your IP manager, you will normally only receive invoices from us. If we only assist you on a particular assignment, you will of course receive invoices from your IP law firms and Patent Bureaus. If you are in doubt, do not hesitate to call or e-mail us,  There is of course no charge from us if you consult us to avoid scam invoices. 

List of some companies known to send unsolicited invoices

Below is a list of companies we know send unsolicited invoices, offering services we see no need for: 

  • WPTO s.r.o (Czech Republic) - World Patent and Trademark Organization
  • RPT Servis (Slovak Republic) 
  • Varemerke Byrå (Norway)
  • F..O.I.P. (FOIP) Federated Organization for Intellectual Property (Florida, USA)
  • NOVISLINK limited (UK)
  • Varemerkeorganisasjonen AS (Norway)
  • UPTS s.r.o. (Czech Republic)
  • CP S.L. Publicación Companias Marcas Internacionales (Spain) 
  • ETPR - European Trademark and Patent Register (Netherlands)
  • EPTR - European Patent and Trademark Register (Poland)
  • Nationales Markenregister AG, handelsmarkenregister.org (Germany) 
  • Nationales Patentregister AG, deutschepatente.org (Germany)
  • E.C.R Euro Central Reg. Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • WIPT, Register of International Patents and Trademarks (Slovakia)
  • RCE - Registre Central Européen Sprl. (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Trademark Selection Inc (Switzerland)
  • CRPT - Central Register for Patents and Trademarks (Netherlands)
  • TM-Edition Ltd. - International Catalogue of Trademarks (Hungary)
  • BMV Benelux Merken Vernieuwing B.V. (Netherlands)
  • IOPR - Intellectual Office Property Register (USA)
  • European Central Register of Brands and Patents (Belgium)
  • OHMI - Office for international registration, Community Trade Marks and Designs Limited (UK)
  • European Trademark Organisation S.A. (Brussels)
  • Euro IP Register, Register of European Patents (Czech Republic)
  • WOIP - Globex World Organisation Intelectual Property (UK)
  • WIPD - World Intellectual Property Database (Czech Republic)
  • WDTP - Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents (Czech Republic)
  • Suomen Tavaramerkkirekisteröint Oy (Finland)
  • ECTO S.A. ( Belgium)
  • European Trademark Application - Register Community Trade marks (London, UK / Bank: Sweden)
  • ARPI, Agence de Renouvellement en Propriété Intellectuelle Inc. (Belgium)
  • WPTI, World Patent and Trademark Index (Czech Republic)
  • ITPD, International Trademarks & Patents Database (Iceland / Singapore)
  • IPTD, International Patents & Trademarks Database (UK)
  • IPTR - International Patent and Trademark Register (Germany)
  • CPTD - Central Patent & Trademark Database (Czech Republic)
  • C.R.P.S.L. – International Publication (Spain)
  • WBIP – World Bureau Intellectual Property (USA)
  • ODM srl - Design Patent Trademark Register (Slovakia)
  • RIPT s.r.o. - Register of International Patents and Trademarks (Czech Republic)
  • IBIP – International Bureau for Intellectual Property / Register International Patent Applications (USA)
  • IOPTS – International Patent & Trademark Service, LLC. / Register International Patent Application (USA)
  • I.B.F.T.P.R. International Bureau for Federated Trademark Et Patent Register / "I.B.F.T.P.R. Service" (USA)
  • F.I.P.T.R Federated Institute for Patent & Trademark Registry / “Register Community Trademarks" (USA)
  • IOIP - International Organization for Intellectual Property / IOIP Processing Office (Switzerland)
  • Institut of Commerce Trade and Commerce (Switzerland)
  • Commercial Centre for Industry and Trade (Switzerland)
  • WIG-Wirtschaftszentrale für Industrie und Gewerbe AG (Switzerland)
  • WIHH-Wirtschaftsinstitut für Industrie, Handel, Handwerk AG (Switzerland)
  • SES Verzeichnis AG (Switzerland)
  • ARK AG Register und Registerkataloge (Switzerland)
  • The Company for Publications and Information Anstalt (Liechtenstein)
  • The ZDR-Datenregister GmbH / Central Data-Register
  • European Patent Bulletin (Germany)
  • Trademark Publisher Gmbh
  • Register-Marken-Observer GmbH (Austria)
  • Global Edition KFT. (Hungary) 
  • Patent & Trademark Bureau (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

 

Example of a confusing service offer or invoice that we regard as scam.

Example of a confusing service offer or invoice that we regard as scam.

Example of a fraudulent "reminder" that is sent out just before the one year period for confirming the trademark begins. See also http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/non-uspto-solicitations 

Example of a fraudulent "reminder" that is sent out just before the one year period for confirming the trademark begins. See also http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/non-uspto-solicitations 

Warning - Brand Name scam


Warning - Brand Name scam


Do not respond to e-mails concerning "Brand Name registration"

We experience monthly that our clients get scam e-mails similar to the example below. Do not answer them, they are fraudulent.

There is no such thing as a "Brand Name" register. There are trademarks and internet domains - and if somebody wants to register your name somewhere in the world, they can often rightfully do so, unless you have registered it first.  The company that contacts you have no obligations at all towards you; they should serve their client and register the domains and trademarks. 

When they contact you, their objective is to sell you  a number of Asian domain registrations that you probably do not need to an inflated price. If you wish to review your domain and trademark portfolio in Asia or elsewhere, we are happy to assist you in that, and as usual handle all practical matters.

You can read more about these scams here: 

 

Example scam e-mail from "Professional IP Center Ltd"

From: Cindy Yang [mailto:cindy.yang@professionalip.cn]
Sent: 15. mai 2014 02:07
Subject: BRAND REGISTRATION OF "leogriff"
Importance: High

 

To whom it may concern:

We are the Department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. We have something to confirm with you. On May 7, 2014, we received an application in which a company by the name SINKA GROUP applied to register
"leogriff" as their Brand Name and some Asian top-level domain names through our firm.

Now we are handling this registration. After our initial checking, we found that the name are identical to your company's. We need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you have authorized this, we will finish the registration at once. If not, please let us know within 7 workdays, in which case we will dicuss the matter more thoroughly. If not otherwise advised within that time limit we will proceed with the registration for SINKA GROUP. We will be waiting for your reply. Have a nice day!

Best Regards,


Cindy Yang
Director of International Business - Registration Department
Phone: +86.55165184482
Fax:    +86.55165128724
Web: www.pipc.asia

Address: No. 789, XiYou Road, ZhengWu District, HeFei City, AnHui Province, China
2014-5-14