There are a number of unofficial registries and directories which are purporting to be ‘official’.
Typically these offer renewal services at extortionate prices or an entry in a directory (which may or may not exist) and which offers no benefit or added value to the proprietor of the patent, trade mark registration or design registration.
The latest is a Latvian company misrepresenting itself as the UKIPO and asking for renewal payments. The UKIPO has had some success in the past with passing off actions to prevent this behaviour, but in the meantime rights owners should not respond to requests for money or mock invoices from anyone other than their appointed attorneys.
If in doubt please check with Dolleymores.
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