We desire to alert European trademarks’ Owners that are receiving requests of payment related to its European trademark registrations.
We strongly remember the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) is the only official public body and it NEVER send you any request of payment. If you proceed with the payment to third parties, you definitely risk losing your money and your trademark rights.
On that respect, we recently undertaken an administrative action on behalf of a Company who paid an invoice released by RMI – Rinnovo Marchi Italiani Srl, a fake Italian trademark renewal service.
In January 2017, following our complaint, the Italian Competition Authority (Autorita’ Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato – AGCM) found RMI guilty of misleading advertising and sentenced them to pay a fine of 20,000 Euros.
We desire to underline that AGCM is an administrative Court and it does NOT allow the refund of the amount paid.
Accordingly, the only way to get the refund back it taking legal actions in Court.
In the absence of any legal action there is a risk that RMI, as other companies engaged in these illicit activities, could continue to defraud businesses who pay these invoices.
We strongly recommend you to pay attention if you receive any communication about your trademark.
Please remember to read the invoices carefully, because it is often issued as an official-looking invoice with the details of the brand and the company owner. Remember that data relating to trademarks are public and freely accessible by all.
You may find a list of some 102 companies that are currently sending such misleading invoices, here.
If you have any doubts about any communication you have received regarding your trademark, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +39 06 97602592.