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Scam Warning: Fake invoices for Trade Marks


Please be aware of fake invoices relating to trade mark registration. They are usually sent by post and are on headed paper saying something like “EUROPEAN TRADE MARK REGISTRY” (see below).

Photograph of a letter received detailing a recent fake trademark invoice used as a part of a scam

The invoices usually require payment of approx 1-3K euros or dollars and are often received about a month after applying to register a trade mark at the EUIPO or USPTO – the scammers get contact details easily because they are on the public record once the application is filed. The scam invoice usually requires payment into a bank account in another country which is then emptied and shut down quickly.

Please check invoices carefully and get in touch if you’re not sure. 

The EUIPO and USPTO have both issued warnings regarding these invoices too. 

LegalEdge provides a fixed-fee trade mark service which sets out what our fees are, what the official filing fees are, and highlights when any additional fees might be payable. Send us an email if you’d like more information about this.

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