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A warning concerning unfounded invoices in the IP sector

17.04.2018
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Updated on March 3, 2020

Unfounded invoices and misleading marketing by various “registration services” are increasingly common in the IP sector. In the latest trend, unfounded invoices use symbols that could be confused with the names and logos of IP authorities.

If you receive an invoice concerning your patent, utility model, trademark or design right application from a sender other than Kolster or your authorised annual fee company, such as CPA Global, it is prudent to question the credibility of the invoice. Such invoices commonly request payment for adding your application to a register or for some other type of service. If you suspect that you have received a fraudulent invoice, verify the matter with your contact person at Kolster.

The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) provides examples of such invoices.

Our clients have received unfounded invoices from e.g. the following senders (listed by most recent): 

  • EUIP - Intellectual Property Organisation Service (payment: Burgan Bank A.S.)
  • IPS - Intellectual Property Services (Czech Republic)
  • WIPI - World Intellectual Property Institute Kft. (Hungary)
  • Patent & Trademark Bureau; www.patentandtrademarkbureau.com (Philadelphia, USA)
  • Patent and Trademark Office; www.patentandtrademarkoffices.us (Washington DC, USA)
  • WIPOT d.o.o. (Vienna, Austria / Serbia - Srbija)
  • WOIP - World Organization Intellectual Property Kft. (Hungary)
  • WPTR - World Patent and Trademark Register (Czech Republic)
  • IPATD - International Patent and Trademark Directory (www.ipatd.com)
  • ITP - Trademark Publication (Croatia)
  • IPTR - International Patent and Trademark Register (Czech Republic)
  • Patent and Trademark Bureau (Philadelphia, USA)
  • ETD European Trademark Directory (Riga, Latvia)
  • IOIP - International Organisation Intellectual Property (Budapest, Hungary)
  • ETR - European Trademark Register (Vilnius, Lithuania) 
  • IPRS - Intellectual property register services (Czech Republic)
  • TMPT Service - Trademark Publication (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • EUIPD - European Intellectual Property Directory (Gdansk, Poland)
  • ITR - Trademark Publication / International Trademark Register (Poland)
  • World Trademark Register (Switzerland)
  • WPAT, Registration of International Patents (Czech Republic)
  • IPOS, Intellectual Property Organisation Service (Switzerland)
  • IPTA s.r.o. International Patent & Trademark Agency (Czech Republic)
  • TM, European Trademark Publication Service (Poland)
  • IP Direct, International Patent & Trademark Directory (Czech Republic) 
  • IPO - Intellectual Property Office (Switzerland)
  • WOTRA Kft., World Organization for Trademarks (Hungary)
  • IPWTO s.r.o. (Czech Republic)
  • Easy Marca Trademark Watch (Portugal)
  • WPTORG, World Patent and Trademark Organization (Czech Republic)
  • IP save s.r.o. (Slovak Republic/Czech Republic)
  • IPTI, International Patent & Trademark Index (Slovak Republic/Czech Republic)
  • WPAT, Registration of International Patents (Slovak Republic)
  • OPT - Organization for Patents and Trademarks (Slovak Republic)
  • WTMO - World Trademark Monitoring Organization (Switzerland/Poland)
  • ETP - European Trademark Publication (Slovakia)
  • TPP - Trademark & Patent Publications (Poland)
  • TPR - European Trademark Publication Register (Slovak, Bratislava)
  • WIPP - World Intellectual Property Publisher, Community Trade Mark Register (USA)
  • Patent and Trademark Institute (Switzerland)
  • WPTS s.r.o., World Patent & Trademark Service (Czech Republic) 
  • RPT Servis s.r.o. (Slovakia/Czech Republic)
  • IPTG s.r.o., International Patent and Trademark Guide (Czech Republik)
  • WP S.L. - Publications for the European Market (Alicante/Deutsche Bank,
    or Valencia/Barclays Bank, Spain)
  • Registration of International Patent (Search Index/DK, wopd.net)
  • Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd. (Nederland/UK)
  • F.O.I.P., Federated Organization for Intellectual Property (USA)
  • OHIM - Organization for Harmonizing in the Intern. Market - Trade Marks and Designs (Bank: Raiffeisenbank). Lue erillinen varoitus.
  • OMIH - Trademarks and Designs Registrations office (London/Sweden)
  • IPT-REGISTER / TRADEMARKS / IPT PATENTS / IPT Registration s.r.o. (Czech Republic)
  • IPT sro. (Slovakia), IPT DESIGNS
  • IP Data s.r.o. (Czech Republic / Slovak Republic) - Register of European Patents /...International Trademark
  • ITPS - International Trademark and Patent Service (Slovak Republic)
  • IPTS - Publication of Community Trademarks (Slovak Republic)
  • IPTO - International Patent & Trademark Organisation (Slovak Republic)
  • CP S.L. Publicación Companias Marcas Internacionales (Spain)
  • REGIPT LLC (UK)
  • European Trademark Agency (Brussels, Belgium)
  • IP World - Registration of International Patent / I.R.O International (Madrid, London, Miami)
  • ODM srl s.r.o. (Austria) - Register of International Patents
  • EPTO S.A. (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Trade marks and Designs Europe (UK)
  • NOVISLINK limited (UK)
  • UPTS s.r.o. (Czech Republic / Slovak Republic)
  • ETPR - European Trademark and Patent Register (Netherlands)
  • EPTR - European Patent and Trademark Register (Poland)
  • Nationales Markenregister AG, handelsmarkenregister.org (Germany) 
  • Nationales Patentregister AG, deutschepatente.org (Germany)
  • E.C.R Euro Central Reg. Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • WIPT, Register of International Patents and Trademarks (Slovak Republik)
  • RCE - Registre Central Européen Sprl. (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Trademark Selection Inc (Switzerland / USA)
  • CRPT - Central Register for Patents and Trademarks (NL)
  • TM-Edition Ltd. - International Catalogue of Trademarks (Hungary)
  • BMV Benelux Merken Vernieuwing B.V. (NL)
  • IOPR - Intellectual Office Property Register (USA)
  • European Central Register of Brands and Patents (Brussels, Belgium)
  • OHMI - Office for international registration, Community Trade Marks and Designs Limited (London, UK / Bank: Sweden)
  • Varemerkeorganisasjonen AS (Norway)
  • European Trademark Organisation S.A. (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Euro IP Register, Register of European Patents (Czech Republic)
  • WOIP - Globex World Organisation Intelectual Property (UK)
  • WIPD - World Intellectual Property Database (Czech Republic)
  • WDTP - Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents (Czech Republic)
  • STM, Suomen tavaramerkit (Finland)
  • Suomen Tavaramerkkirekisteröint Oy (Finland)
  • STR, Suomen Tavaramerkkirekisteri OY (Finland)
  • ECTO S.A. (Brussels, Belgium)
  • European Trademark Application - Register Community Trade marks (London, UK / Bank: Sweden)
  • ARPI, Agence de Renouvellement en Propriété Intellectuelle Inc. (Belgium)
  • WPTI, World Patent and Trademark Index (Czech Republic)
  • ITPD, International Trademarks & Patents Database (Iceland / Singapore)
  • IPTD, International Patents & Trademarks Database (UK)
  • IPTR - International Patent and Trademark Register (Germany)
  • CPTD - Central Patent & Trademark Database (Czech Republic)
  • C.R.P.S.L. – International Publication (Spain)
  • WBIP – World Bureau Intellectual Property (USA)
  • ODM srl - Patent Design Trademark Register (Slovakia)
  • RIPT s.r.o. - Register of International Patents and Trademarks (Czech Republic)
  • IBIP – International Bureau for Intellectual Property / Register International Patent Applications (USA)
  • IOPTS – International Patent & Trademark Service, LLC. / Register International Patent Application (USA)
  • I.B.F.T.P.R. International Bureau for Federated Trademark Et Patent Register / "I.B.F.T.P.R. Service" (USA)
  • F.I.P.T.R Federated Institute for Patent & Trademark Registry / “Register Community Trademarks" (USA)
  • IOIP - International Organization for Intellectual Property / IOIP Processing Office (Switzerland)
  • Institut of Commerce Trade and Commerce (Switzerland)
  • Commercial Centre for Industry and Trade (Switzerland)
  • WIG-Wirtschaftszentrale für Industrie und Gewerbe AG (Switzerland)
  • WIHH-Wirtschaftsinstitut für Industrie, Handel, Handwerk AG (Switzerland)
  • SES Verzeichnis AG (Switzerland)
  • ARK AG Register und Registerkataloge (Switzerland)
  • The Company for Publications and Information Anstalt (Liechtenstein)
  • The ZDR-Datenregister GmbH / Central Data-Register
  • European Patent Bulletin (Germany)
  • Trademark Publisher Gmbh
  • Register-Marken-Observer GmbH (Austria)
  • Global Edition KFT. (Hungary)

 

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