There are currently companies around the world scanning public records and then sending documents to trade mark owners offering their services to register trade marks in third countries. However, these companies often do not offer such intellectual property protection services and once they receive the money they often disappear.
If you receive a letter including trade mark services you have not previously requested, please do not make such payment and seek legal advice about its legitimacy as soon as possible.
IP Australia has published the following list identifying a number of companies known to send unsolicited requests to trade mark owners:
- Commercial Centre for Industry and Trade (based in Switzerland)
- Company for Economic Publications Ltd (based in Austria)
- Company for Publications and Information Anstalt (based in Liechtenstein)
- Edition The Marks KFT
- European Institute for Economy and Commerce - EIEC (based in Belgium)
- Federated Institute for Patent and Trademark Registry, based in Florida, USA
- Gaia Almanach LTD
- Globus Edition SL (based in Spain)
- I.B.F.T.P.R - International Bureau for Federated Trademark & Patent Register
- INFOCOM (based in Switzerland)
- Institute of Commerce, Trade and Commerce (based in Switzerland)
- International Patent and Trademark Register based in Nurnberg, Germany.
- IT & TAG (based in Switzerland)
- Patent & Trademark Organisation LLC (based in USA with a street address in Melbourne)
- RIPT - Register of International Patents and Trademarks
- TM Collection (based in Hungary)
- TM Worldwide (based in Hungary)
- TMP, Trade Mark Publishers, Austria but with a street address in Sydney
- ZDR-Datenregister GmbH (based in Germany)
If you would like to protect your trade mark overseas then further registration will be required. A strategy for this should be developed based upon which countries you would like to seek trade mark registration in and when.