It has been reported by the EUIPO (here) that users have been receiving misleading invoices attached to a EUIPO decision.
The misleading invoice uses the EUIPO’s logo, name, acronym and letterhead, and purports to be a decision signed by the Office. It is mailed to users from Madrid, Spain, and includes a demand for a “registration fee” to be transferred to a Polish bank account with a PL IBAN prefix.
The EUIPO are taking the appropriate steps to stop the fake communications. However, as many of these invoices may still be in circulation, users are asked to be extra vigilant at this time. Users can protect themselves by taking note of the following:
- The EUIPO never sends invoices or demands for payment of money to its users, if the demand uses their logo, and appears to be official, please remember that it has not come from EUIPO.
- All fees are payable directly to the EUIPO in relation to EUTMs. The EUIPO will only use two Spanish bank accounts for payments relating to trade mark and designs. Any invoice which contains a bank account other than those two is fake.
- Check everything you receive in relation to your trade mark application or registration very closely. If you have even the slightest doubt please contact us in the first instance.