Intellectual Property – Warning

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Companies have received unsolicited visitations from organisations who will ostensibly protect Intellectual Property Rights.

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The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) have issued a warning that some companies have received unsolicited visitations from organisations who will ostensibly protect Intellectual Property Rights such as copyright, designs, know how etc in return for a fee.  The visitations may be sent through as a formal invoice.

One organisation actually sent such an invoice to the Intellectual Property Office!  They were offering to review the trade mark ‘Think Kit’ for £1500 whereas the official fee is £350

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