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There has been a recent surge in telephone calls and emails from clients and members of the public who have received fake letters regarding their trade marks.
It seems a huge number of letters have been sent purporting to be from “TM Publisher”, a company who will publish your trade mark on their website, the “International Online Database of Registered Trade Marks”. While they will perhaps publish the mark somewhere, it is in fact a meaningless exercise that confers no rights or benefits, and is designed to trick you into handing over a fee for “publication”.
It can be difficult to spot a scam letter. (more…)