IP Scams and Unsolicited Email
Warning: Beware of scams or requests for payment of fees implying association with the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland.
It has come to the attention of the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland that applicants and proprietors are receiving requests for payment of fees from unofficial sources. Such entities claim that your patent or trade mark has been accepted for registration and that payment of a sizeable fee is now due. Such requests usually take the form of an official looking invoice or letter which is sent out after publication of the application and can, therefore, contain details of a genuine application. Other entities claim that your patent or trade mark will be renewed on receipt of payment of a specified amount. However, these requests are not issued from the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland and may be the subject of a scam.
There are an ever increasing number of promotion companies in operation at the moment. While many of these companies are genuine other such companies prey on new inventors who are unfamiliar with the process of patenting and protection of Intellectual Property. Some firms will try and extract large fees from individuals with false promises of valuable patents and great success in the marketplace. Please be diligent in researching these companies before accepting any offers of assistance from them.
Should you be approached with such an offer of registration or a request for payment of a fee, please verify the authenticity of the request before acting. You can contact the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland, who will be happy to advise on the bona fides or otherwise of any requests.
The only offices which have authority to provide legal protection for patents, designs and trade marks in Ireland are the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland, the European Patent Office and European Union Intellectual Property Office (formally known as the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market).
Examples of bogus requests have been published on the website of: The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)and some misleading invoices that are in circulation taking the form of fake EUIPO decisions