Judgments on “patent registry scams”
- WIPO PCT Billing Scam Stopped by Florida Attorney General (PCT Newsletter 01/2010)
- Supreme Court of the Czech Republic confirms prison sentence for registry scam
|Attorney General vs. Federated Institute for Patent and Trademark Registry (FIPTR)
|August 11, 2010
|Circuit Court Florida, United States of America (No. 2006-CA-0858)
|The Attorney General of the State of Florida, filed a lawsuit against an entity called, “FIPTR – Federated Institute for Patent and Trademark Registry Inc.” alleging that the invoices sent to PCT applicants in the State violated the State’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. The judgment resulted in USD 2,587,771.29 reimbursement in respect of 1,411 payments by victims of the scam, plus USD 2,116,500 in civil penalties against the defendants.
|Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, Chapter 501, Part II, Florida Statutes
|World Intellectual Property Database (WIPD) s.r.o
|September 17, 2014
|Supreme Court, Czech Republic
|The Court dismissed an appeal by the director of an entity called WIPD – World Intellectual Property Database, s.r.o. against a prison sentence plus fines imposed by the lower criminal courts for a registry scam that sent invoices for trademarks and patents to be included in a database for a fee, while deliberately using a logo closely resembling and liable to be easily confused with the logo of WIPO.
|Penal Code of the Czech Republic, Section 268 (1) and (3)(a)