World Intellectual Property Organization

WARNING: Requests for Payment of Fees

It has come to the attention of the International Bureau that PCT applicants and agents are receiving invitations to pay fees that do not come from the International Bureau of WIPO and are unrelated to the processing of international applications under the PCT.  Whatever registration services might be offered in such invitations, they bear no connection to WIPO or to any of its official publications.

The invitations often identify a particular PCT application by its international publication number (eg: WO 02 xxxxxx), publication date, title of the invention, international application number, priority information and IPC symbols; examples of such invitations can be viewed below. 

IPT

IPT Patents

Published on September 17, 2014

IPTG - International Patent and Trademark Guide

Published on August 19, 2014

WOPD

WOPD - Worldwide Online Patent Database

Published on August 6, 2014

UPTS

UPTS - Universal Patents and Trademarks Service

Published on August 1, 2014

CCIT

Commercial Center for Industry and Trade

Published on July 4, 2014

Euro IP Register

Euro IP Register

Published on July 4, 2014

WIPD

WIPD - World Intellectual Property Database

Published on July 4, 2014

WPTI

WPTI - World Patent and Trademark Index

Published on July 4, 2014

UPTS

UPTS - Universal Patents and Trademarks Service

Published on May 22, 2014

IPT

IPT PATENTS - Register of International Patents

Published on February 19, 2014

FOIP

FOIP - Federated Organization for Intellectual Property

Published on February 6, 2014

IPTS

IPTS - International Patent and Trademark Service

Published on December 10, 2013

IPTR

IPTR - International Patent and Trademark Register

Published on November 28, 2013

IP DATA

IP DATA - Register of International Patents

Published on November 12, 2013

WBIP

WBIP - World Bureau for Intellectual Property

Published on September 10, 2013

TPS

TPS - Trademark and Patent Service

Published on July 31, 2013

Novislink limited

Novislink limited

Published on July 10, 2013

REGIPAT

European Register of Brands and Patents (REGIPAT)

Published on July 1, 2013

IPTS

IPTS - International Patent and Trademark Service

Published on April 5, 2013

UPTS

UPTS - Universal Patents and Trademarks Service

Published on March 1, 2013

WIPT

WIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on January 21, 2013

WIPT

WIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on January 10, 2013

WDTP

WDTP - Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents

Published on November 15, 2012

WPTI

WPTI - World Patent and Trademark Index

Published on October 2, 2012

WIPT

WIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on June 8, 2012

ODM

ODM - Patent Trademark Register

Published on March 14, 2012

RIPT

RIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on March 14, 2012

ODM

ODM - Patent Trademark Register

Published on March 13, 2012

RIPT

RIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on March 13, 2012

European Central Register of Brands and Patents

European Central Register of Brands and Patents

Published on March 2, 2012

Euro IP Register

Euro IP Register

Published on March 2, 2012

RIPT

RIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on February 7, 2012

RIPT

RIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on February 7, 2012

IOPR

IOPR - Intellectual Office Property Register

Published on January 3, 2012

Euro IP Register

Euro IP Register

Published on December 23, 2011

WDTP

WDTP - Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents

Published on December 13, 2011

ODM

ODM - Patent Trademark Register

Published on December 13, 2011

RIPT

RIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on November 21, 2011

CPTD

CPTD - Central Patent & Trademark Database

Published on September 2, 2011

WDTP

WDTP - Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents

Published on August 2, 2011

WDTP

WDTP - Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents

Published on July 7, 2011

ODM

ODM - Patent  & Trademark Office

Published on May 2, 2011

WOIP

WOIP - Globex World Organisation Intellectual Property

Published on March 18, 2011

WOIP

WOIP - Globex World Organisation Intellectual Property

Published on March 3, 2011

WIPD

WIPD - World Intellectual Property Database

Published on March 3, 2011

WDTP

WDTP - Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents

Published on February 23, 2011

WIPD

WIPD - World Intellectual Property Database

Published on February 8, 2011

WIPD

WIPD - World Intellectual Property Database

Published on January 14, 2011

ODM

ODM - Patent Trademark Register

Published on January 14, 2011

RIPT

RIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on January 14, 2011

WIPD

WIPD - World Intellectual Property Database

Published on October 15, 2010

ITPD

ITPD - International Trademarks & Patents Database

Published on October 11, 2010

WPTI

WPTI - World Patent and Trademark Index

Published on October 4, 2010

WOIP

WOIP - Globex World Organisation Intellectual Property

Published on September 28, 2010

WIPD

WIPD - World Intellectual Property Database

Published on September 13, 2010

RIPT

RIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on September 13, 2010

RIPT

RIPT - Registration of International Patent

Published on August 2, 2010

WBIP

WBIP - World Bureau for Intellectual Property

Published on May 21, 2010

IPTD

IPTD- International Patents and Trademarks Database

Published on March 2, 2010

IBIP

IBIP - International Bureau for Intellectual Property

Published on February 3, 2010

WBIP

WBIP - World Bureau for Intellectual Property

Published on January 8, 2010

WBIP

WBIP - World Bureau for Intellectual Property

Published on November 11, 2009

IOPTS

IOPTS - International Organization for Patent & Trademark Service

Published on August 11, 2009

IRTP

IRTP - International Register for Trademark & Patent

Published on May 7, 2009

IBFTPR

IBFTPR Service - Register of International Patent Application

Published on May 4,2009

ODM

ODM - Patent Trademark Register

Published on March 23, 2009

IPTR

IPTR - International Patent and Trademark Register

Published on December 19, 2008

IBIP

IBIP - International Bureau for Intellectual Property

Published on December 10, 2008

RIPT

RIPT - Register of International Patents and Trademarks

Published on August 21, 2008

IBIP

IBIP - International Bureau for Intellectual Property

Published on April 15, 2008

ODM

ODM - Patent Trademark Register

Published on February 20, 2008

IBFTPR

IBFTPR - International Bureau for Federated Trademark & Patent Register

Published on November 21,2007

IOIP

IOIP - International Organization for Intellectual Property

Published on August 10, 2007

ODM

ODM - Register of International Patents

Published on August 2, 2007

ODM

ODM - Office Data Management

Published on May 31, 2007

IOPTS

IOPTS - International Organization for Patent & Trademark Service

Published on May 31, 2007

FIPTR

FIPTR - Federated Institute for Patent and Trademark Registry Inc.

Published on January 9, 2007

CPTD

CPTD - Central Patent & Trademark Database

Published on September 22, 2006

CCIT

Commercial Center for Industrie and Trade

Published on March 13, 2006

CPD

CPD - Central Patent Database

Published on June 22, 2005

Register of International Patents

Register of International Patents

Published on June 28, 2004

Register of International Patent Bulletin

Register of International Patent Bulletin/Registre des données bulletin européen des brevetes

Published on September 5, 2003

Institut of Commerce for Industry, Trade, Commerce

Institut of Commerce for Industry, Trade, Commerce/Wirtschaftsinstitut für Industrie, Handel, Handwerk AG

Published on September 5, 2003

WIPD

Central Data-Register of International Patents

Published on August 9, 2002

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Mitigating this unscrupulous practice

  • WIPO invites its customers to use and adapt this standard text to notify applicants and inventors about such fee requests. [WORD]
  • Circular letter addressed by WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry to all PCT Contracting States and Regional Organizations. PDF

Envelopes

PCT applicants and agents have informed the International Bureau that some of these requests to pay fees are being sent in envelopes which appear to bear the WIPO/OMPI logo and the address of the organization. Please carefully review all such requests. The services which are being offered in these invitations do not come from WIPO. 

Payment

The invitations typically refer to a payment, which is to be made in euro or US dollars, by cheque and/or money transfer to addresses in:

  • AT:  Austria
  • CH:  Switzerland
  • CY:  Cyprus
  • CZ:  Czech Republic
  • CN(HK): Hong Kong
  • DE: Germany
  • ES:  Spain
  • GB:  United Kingdom
  • IS:  Iceland
  • PL:  Poland
  • SK:  Slovakia
  • US: United States of America

Other industrial property Offices have made similar warnings

The sending of these notices appears to not be restricted to the patent context; within WIPO, the administration of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks has placed a general warning on its website in relation to such invitations to pay fees.

PCT applicants and agents should note that it is the International Bureau of WIPO alone which publishes all PCT applications promptly after the expiration of 18 months from the priority date (see PCT Article 21(2)(a)); there is no separate fee for such international publication, and the legal effects of international publication are set out in PCT Article 29.

 

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