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New fake invoice from IPOS doing the rounds

23 July 2018

We have received fresh reports about a fake invoice posing to come from the Intellectual Property Organisation Service (IPOS). We advise you to throw these bills away, because they are offers, not invoices.

The offer is about registering your trademark and IPOS presents itself as an official authority, which it isn’t. Any money you pay can be considered lost and will have you stuck to a long-term agreement.

Here’s an example of the form (click to enlarge):

Similar fake invoices from this organisation circulated last year.

Advice
As this fake invoice is no more than an offer, you are under no obligation whatsoever to pay. If you want to register your intellectual property, you may want to avoiod IPOS, as you’ll pay as much as € 1,625, and you’ll get next to nothing in return.