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12 September 2011

Unsolicited Mail and Email

Anthony Albutt

It has come to our attention that some patent and trade mark owners are being targeted by unsolicited mail and email scams.

These communications generally take the form of official looking letters, asking for payment to do something such as a renewal, or alternatively offering some kind of service, such as joining an online directory relating to intellectual property. Sometimes the letter will look like an invoice.

If you receive any communication relating to IP about which you are suspicious, we advise all IP owners not to send any personal information, bank details or payments. Contact the relevant Intellectual Property Office using their official telephone number or email address from their official website, not using the contact details given in the unsolicited mail.

Further advice on what to do if you are targeted by such a scam can be found on the UK IPO website,

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