IP Australia has recently reported that there have been cases of unsolicited letters sent to trade mark holders, asking for the payment of fees for registering and publishing their trade marks.
The sender, purportedly World Intelligent Property Office, potentially misleads recipients by using the same acronym, logo, address and contact details as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
It is important that trade mark holders and representatives read letters and emails carefully to avoid scams, and only pay legitimate fees relating to their trade marks. See the IP Australia article on the matter for more information.
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