WARNING: Trademark Misleading Invoices

Trademark users are receiving invitations to pay fees that do not come from WIPO and are unrelated to the processing of international applications and transactions related to registrations under the Madrid System.  Whatever services might be offered in such documents, they bear no connection to WIPO or to any of its official publications.

The requests are typically designed to look like legitimate ones from an official source, but are created by companies and individuals of various sources and origins, using official-sounding names and trying to mislead you.

WIPO raises awareness about these schemes and works with IP Offices and governments to take action against those responsible.

All international trademark registrations and related recordings are published in the "WIPO Gazette of International Marks", the only official publication of the Madrid System. Madrid Monitor, the international trademark information database contains information regarding international applications, international registrations and subsequent designations. It can be searched free of charge.

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Report any suspicious invoices via Contact Madrid.

If you have any questions about a letter that you have received, please check with your representative or contact us.

Samples of Misleading Invoices

Name Origin Date  
ICITC - Institut of Commerce for Industry, Trade, Commerce Zug, Switzerland 01.01.2009 pdf: ICITC - Institut of Commerce for Industry, Trade, Commerce
PTR - Patent Trademark Register Vienna, Austria 22.02.2009 pdf: PTR - Patent Trademark Register
RIM - Register of International Marks Carson City, USA 07.05.2009 pdf: RIM - Register of International Marks
IOPTS - International Organization for Patent & Trademark Service, LLC Mount Pleasant, USA 25.05.2009 pdf: IOPTS - International Organization for Patent & Trademark Service, LLC
IBIP - International Bureau for Intellectual Property Summerville, USA 01.10.2009 pdf: IBIP - International Bureau for Intellectual Property
RIPT - Register of International Patents and Trademarks Bratislava, Slovakia 01.10.2009 pdf: RIPT - Register of International Patents and Trademarks
BMPI/WBIP - Bureau Mondial Propiété Intellectuelle/World Bureau Intellectual Property Wilmington, USA 06.10.2009 pdf: BMPI/WBIP - Bureau Mondial Propiété Intellectuelle/World Bureau Intellectual Property