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Don’t fall into the trap of paying money to a bogus source

Applying for an intellectual property right automatically places your name and address details on one of various publicly available databases. A number of unscrupulous organisations, mostly located in overseas jurisdictions, send letters to Australian applicants. Usually these letters seek payment of an amount to enter the application in a register or index published in a foreign country.

The amount sought is relatively large, being generally in excess of A$1000. If you receive such a letter, or pro forma invoice, please do not pay without first contacting us. We will quickly tell you over the telephone whether the invoice is genuine. It is almost certainly a bogus invoice.