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Companies that have submitted applications to register trade marks are being targeted with bogus requests for fees, warn Woking-based trade mark attorneys Alexander Ramage Associates.


The companies are being sent invoices from overseas organisations asking for payment of registration fees for their trade marks to be listed on official-sounding registers or databases. However, these registers are of dubious value and have no legal significance.


It is feared that unsuspecting companies may assume they are part of the official trade mark registration process and be duped into making unnecessary payments of several hundred pounds.


"If you receive a demand for payment of any trade mark fees which has not come from your professional adviser, do not pay it," advised Maggie Ramage, partner at Alexander Ramage Associates. "If in doubt, refer it to your trade mark attorney."


The invoices originate from addresses in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Liechtenstein.


Further information can be obtained from Maggie Ramage at ara@ramage.co.uk or on 01483 750701.


Maggie Ramage is a member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Council.


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Figure caption: Maggie Ramage of Alexander Ramage Associates has warned companies to be on their guard against misleading requests for payment.


Ref: ARA1-04

Date: 9 February 2004


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