In response to the increase in unsolicited and fraudulent IP services (discussed earlier in the year here) the Commerce Commission recently announced that it has reached an interim agreement with TM Publisher, an overseas company who sent invoices for unsolicited services to New Zealand trade mark holders.

These invoices were connected to a web-based trade mark publication service that was unrelated to the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (“IPONZ”). The invoices were vague about payment for the services and consequently misled many businesses into thinking payment was necessary. A copy of the invoice can be found here.

Under this interim agreement, TM Publisher has agreed to refund invoice payments made from the 6 April 2016. The Commerce Commission is still negotiating with TM Publisher about payments received before this date. If you have a TM Publisher invoice dated before the 6 April 2016, or have been affected by other IP scam services, you can ring the Commerce Commission on 0800 943 600 or fill in this online form.