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Protect your intellectual property in the European Union


Misleading invoices

Users are receiving an increasing amount of unsolicited mail from companies requesting payment for trade mark and design services such as publication, registration or entry in business directories.

Avoid Fraudulent Payment Requests

Don't pay until you have checked that the source is official.

A list of the firms or registers that users have complained of as having sent misleading invoices is published below (along with copies of the actual invoices) for your information. Please note that these services are not connected with any official trade mark or design registration service provided by public bodies within the European Union such as OHIM.

If you receive a letter or invoice please check carefully what is being offered to you, and whether its source is genuine.

Please note that OHIM never sends users invoices or letters requesting direct payment for services.

If you have any doubts or if you identify any new cases, please check with your legal advisors or contact us.

Some of our Community trade mark and design users have been receiving misleading invoices from one particular source.


These invoices contain a logo that is very similar to that of OHIM's logo. They use a name that is very similar to the Office name and provide contact details that are very similar to our own.

Page last updated 28-01-2015