We’re pleased to report that the Commerce Commission has cracked down on an overseas trade mark scam which saw New Zealand businesses collectively hand over more than $200,000 worth of payments.

The Commerce Commission has reported that the business behind the scam, TM Publisher, has agreed to refund those Kiwi businesses that paid the invoice for unsolicited services after 6th April 2016. 

It appears that TM Publisher has used details of the businesses and their trade marks which are available from the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) website as the same details have been used in the letter. TM Publisher is not connected to IPONZ.

As we reported in March, there is no legal requirement for trade mark owners to arrange for their trade marks to be published independently in New Zealand.  Publication is part of the process of registering a trade mark and is handled by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ).

If your business has paid this invoice, get in contact with us as we may be able to assist you in getting a refund.

To read the full report, click here