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Trademark scammers – they’re still out there...

26 June 2014

Back in February 2013, we warned clients that an increasing number of approaches had been received by Australian trademark owners requesting that they pay money for services which provide no real or tangible benefit.  One such approach indicates that protection may be obtained for the "international registration" of their name. There is of course no uniform international scheme for the registration of trademarks, but the approach is based on the Australian trademark, looks official and is sophisticated enough to confuse business owners.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released a SCAMwatch warning on 19 June alerting small business owners to the practice of "false billing" and in particular, the renewal of non-existent domain name registrations.

It is important to be vigilant, and to critically review all unsolicited approaches. Check carefully the registrations which you need to maintain and, if in doubt, ask.

For more information contact:

Andrew Nicholson | Partner
Mullins Lawyers
t +61 7 3224 0261
f +61 7 3224 0333


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