IPONZ issues warning around misleading communications

Thursday 27th June 2019

With scams continually on the rise, the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office (IPONZ) has issued a warning about an increase in unsolicited and fraudulent correspondence targeting IP owners.

What to look for:

If you receive any communications relating to your IP case from anyone other than the following, please take care before you act:

  • IPONZ;
  • WIPO; or
  • Your IP contact (e.g. Baldwins).

Those most common communications to look out for are:

  • offers and invoices to renew your patent or trade mark;
  • offers to register patents or trade marks in international registers or catalogues;
  • invoices for registration of patents or trade marks in registers;
  • offers of patent or trade mark monitoring services; and
  • threats of legal action if an invoice for an unsolicited service is not paid.

IPONZ has provided a series of examples of misleading invoices that have been reported by New Zealand IP owners. We suggest reviewing a couple of these so that in the event of being contacted by a fraudulent or misleading IP protection service, you know the warning signs.

What to do:

If you have any concerns around the legitimacy of any communication and/or invoices you have received, get a second option or seek professional advice. Please contact us at any time.

Be very cautious and never provide credit card or any other financial details.

If you think that you may have been scammed, the Consumer Protection website provides information and resources to help you to recognise, avoid, and report a scam.

For more information please visit the IPONZ website.

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