In May, the UKIPO filed a claim for passing off at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court against the persons behind the companies trading as “Patent and Trade Mark Office” and “Patent and Trade Mark Organisation”.
These organisations had been issuing official looking ‘renewal’ notices to holders of UK registered patents and trade marks offering to renew the rights for fees greatly in excess of the official renewal fees. Some rightholders had been misled into making excessive payments to these organisations in the belief they were paying the IPO for renewing intellectual property rights.
Two of the most blatant offenders admitted passing off and agreed to be bound by an order of the court prohibiting them from further acts of passing off. Further proceedings are pending against another organisation.
Beware of imitations and don't pay unnecessary costs.
The UK IPO, like most other patent offices, will not write directly to a client we represent – post will come to us and you should therefore only hear from us or our recommended renewal agency, CPA Global. We have an electronic interface with CPA Global for exchange of data to ensure that our clients who use that service receive timely reminders of renewal fees due.
The UKIPO has set up a dedicated email address to use for passing on copies of scam invoices to the IPO: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you receive invoices from any renewal service other than CPA Global and you believe you are the target of an attempted scam, you can use the above email to notify the UKIPO or please contact our renewals officers, Amanda Millward or Michael Pestana or email us at email@example.com.