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Bogus bill from fake patent office

30 August 2018

Many Dutch businesses have received a fake invoice from a company calling itself IPTR s.r.o. International Patent and Trademark Register. The enclosed form has the subject line ‚ÄúRegistration of the European Patent – Renewal” and apparently comes from a commercial company that has nothing to do with official organisations dealing with such registrations.

The ‘small print’ states that the form is an offer, not an invoice. This means you are under no obligation to sign and return the form. If you have, you will have legally accepted this company’s services. If so, you may want to contact your business legal expenses insurance or a lawyer.

Here’s an example (click to enlarge):