Beware: IP Scams and False Invoices

 

Several organizations are sending invoices or “invitations” to intellectual property (patent, trademark and copyright) applicants and owners requesting payment of various fees. These requests for payment are not likely to be “official” requests from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “USPTO”), the World Intellectual Property Office (“WIPO”) or other official governmental bodies. Please contact us at the McHattie Law Firm or consult the USPTO website or the WIPO website for additional information about these scams. We can answer your questions if you receive questionable communications or invoices.


The USPTO has posted several notices regarding these tactics, notably:

https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/non-uspto-solicitations
https://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/using-legal-services/scam-prevention/non-uspto-solicitations


WIPO has similar warnings:
http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/warning/pct_warning.html