Industrial Property Office

Warning: Fake EUIPO decision

The Industrial Property Office informs applicants, industrial property owners and their representatives about a new scam that has been reported to the EUIPO by its users over the past few weeks.

This new scam comes in the format of a Fake EUIPO decision and its modus operandi is highly similar to scams recently reported by the German (DPMA), Italian (UIBM) and Spanish (OEPM) national IP Offices. Anonymized samples of all four of these fake decisions have been included in the searchable list on the EUIPO’s misleading invoices webpage.

The most notable features of this fake decision scam is the usage of the EUIPO’s logo, name, acronym and letterhead. It is mailed to users from Madrid, Spain, and includes a demand for a “registration fee” to be transferred to a Polish bank account with a PL IBAN prefix.

For more information on this scam, we would invite to read the news items on EUIPO’s website

As indicated in the news item, the EUIPO is already taking legal action against these scammers.

Moreover, in order to warn as many users as possible, EUIPO will be launching a robust social media campaign on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

With respect to this new scam, EUIPO would greatly appreciate reporting to any such fake decision scams received.