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New misleading invoice alert

EUIPO has published details of a new misleading invoice in circulation which takes the form of a fake EUTM renewal notice.

The misleading invoice (pictured) has recently been reported to the Office by users. It includes EUIPO’s logo, name, acronym and address

However, it is sent from Geneva, Switzerland and requests a transfer to a Polish bank account. An example of the full invoice can be viewed here.

EUIPO has published further information about the invoice and precautions that users should take on its website. EUIPO never sends letters requesting direct payment for services.

EUIPO states: “We are committed to protecting our users, especially at this time, when phishing emails and other fraud attempts remain on the rise. We take legal action whenever necessary to fight this issue, but the most important defence is awareness. Please check everything you receive in relation to your trade mark, and if you have any doubts, contact us.”

If you receive any fake renewal invoice scams, you are encouraged to report them by email to FraudonUsers@euipo.europa.eu, where you can also send any questions.

To find out what MARQUES is doing to help combat scam invoices, visit the Anti-Fraud Task Force page and contact any of the members listed.

Readers may also be interested to know that Managing IP recently published an article with tips from in-house counsel on spotting fraudulent invoices. You can read it here (subscription required).

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