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Scam Warnings

Frequently, applicants and owners of IP rights are approached by firms and individuals, who are neither their representatives nor an IP Office, inviting them to pay for the publication and/or registration of their applications and patents. 

Many IP Offices publish details of such requests, and links to these are shown below.  As an applicant or owner, if you receive any such a request please contact your patent or trade-mark attorney.

COUNTRY OFFICES

AL-Albania (no anti-scam warning on the PTO website)

AR-Argentine Patent and Trademark Office (no anti-scam warning on the PTO website)

AU-IP Australia

BA-Bosnia Trademark Office  (no anti-scam warning on the PTO website)

BR-Brazilian Industrial Property Institute

BG-Bulgarian Patent Office 

CA-CIPO

CN-China Trademark Office and State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) (no anti-scam warning on the PTO website)

CH-Swiss IP Office

CZ-Czech Intellectual Property Office

DE-German Patent and Trade Mark Office

DK-Denmark Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO)

EE-Estonian Patent Office

FI-Finland Trademark Office

FR-INPI

GB-UKIPO

HK-Intellectual Property Department – The Government of the Hong Kong SAR
English
Simplified Chinese 
Traditional Chinese 

IT-Italian Patent and Trademark Office (no anti-scam warning on the PTO website)

JP-Japan Patent Office

XK-Kosovo Trademark Office (no anti-scam warning on the PTO website)

MK-Macedonia Trademark Office (no anti-scam warning on the PTO website)

ME-Montenegro Trademark Office (no anti-scam warning on the PTO website)

NO- Norwegian Industrial Property Office

NZ-IPONZ

PT-Portuguese INPO 

RS-Serbia Trademark Office

SG-Singapore Intellectual Property Office 
Unsolicited IP Service Request
Cautionary Notice on Unsolicited Mail

SL-Slovenia Trademark Office 
 
SK- Swedish Patent and Registration Office

TR-Turkish Patent and Trademark Office 

US-USPTO

GOVERNMENT OFFICES

EPO

WIPO: 
PCT 
Madrid

EUIPO:
English Warning
French Warning

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