European Institute for Economy and Commerce

Applying for  Trademarks? Look out for Scam Letters

Applying for Trademarks? Look out for Scam Letters

Small businesses applying for trademark protection have been warned by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to watch out for scams, following complaints about a bogus letter that demands payment in return for registering their business details. Applicants and owners of UK trademarks and patents are being targeted by the so-called European Institute for Economy and Commerce (EIEC), which is sending out “official” invoices requesting payment of £188.50 in return for entering company details on its “protected trademarks register”. However, the IPO said that no UK business was required to submit this type of information as part of their trademark or patent application, and urged firms to ignore the requests, saying that the EIEC does not exist.   &ldqu... »