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Renewal scam warning issued by UK IPO

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 02 December 2015

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Following the recent success of the UK Intellectual Property Office in preventing a scammer from pretending to be the UK IPO and issuing invoices to trade mark and patent owners, new scam claims have emerged. 

They have been informed that a Latvian company is looking to send out renewal reminders to those who have to renew their IP in the next 6 months. This renewal letters will give the indication that they have originated from the legitimate UK Intellectual Property Office and will carry a fee to be paid immediately. This fee however will not be received by the UK IPO and does not have any effect on the status of your IP.

The UK IPO has stressed the importance of not falling for this trap as it can only lead to a significant breach of your data as well as theft of the fee price, which is likely to be high.

Legitimate letters are being sent out by the UK IPO, highlighting this new scam and giving clear advice on how to act if you feel you have been affected. Not only do they ask for them to be notified to assist their work to fight this scam but also contact to be made with Action Fraud who will directly deal with the matter. 

Beware of any correspondence that you were not expecting to receive, that claims to be form the UK Intellectual Property Office. If you are unsure about anything sent to you, contact them directly and they will be able to give you an indication of legitimacy.

More information about the renewal reminder letter scam can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/warning-intellectual-property-office-alerted-to-new-renewal-scam

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