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Warning to IP Rights Holders – Unsolicited Requests for Payment







A message from Daniel Rosenthal
Registered Patent Attorney



When Intellectual Property (IP) is registered, the details of many IP rights are published and the published details often include contact details for the owners of the IP.

Some organisations use the published information to send communications to IP owners.  These communications typically include requests for payment.  These are intentionally designed to look like real invoices from an official source, but have nothing to do with the processing of your patent or trademark applications.

The services these organisations purport to provide have little or no value.

Essentially these are communications from unscrupulous companies and individuals who are trying to defraud IP owners into paying fees to them.

Some of these communications are quite sophisticated and persuasive, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) advises that some such communications even include a ‘warning’ about other requests for payment, to give themselves an air of legitimacy.

Further information regarding this issue can be found on the website of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) at http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/warning/pct_warning.html and on the website of IP Australia at http://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/ip-infringement/unsolicited-invoices/ .

If you receive any request for payment in relation to your IP rights which raises any doubt, we recommend that you do not pay it before carefully reviewing the above webpages, and contacting us if you remain in any doubt about whether the request is legitimate.

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