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Trademarks & Designs | Fake application or renewal invoices!

Trademark applicants and owners often receive documents asking for payments related to a trademark or design application or renewal. Cautiousness is highly recommended in this respect!

For example, a new misleading invoice is in circulation, which takes the form of a fake European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) renewal invoice. The misleading invoice [1] has recently been reported to the EUIPO. This fake invoice uses the EUIPO’s logo, name, acronym and address, and purports to be a EUTM renewal invoice issued by the EUIPO. It is mailed 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.

Trademark applicants and owners should be aware of these practices.

The EUIPO has published a list of the firms or registers that users have complained of as having sent misleading invoices. The list is available here [2].

As can be seen from the list, the same applies to designs applications and renewals.

The list is not exhaustive.

For any question of guidance, please do not hesitate to contact:
Emmanuel Cornu [3]: emmanuel.cornu@simontbraun.eu [4]
Julie Kever [5]: julie.kever@simontbraun.eu [6]