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Friday, 28 October 2011

An update on WIPO's website and the 'dodgy scam sites'

Further to Jeremy's Friday fantasies and in particular on the topic of 'dodgy scam sites', may this Kat add that the WIPO scam warning site was indeed alive and kicking yesterday afternoon when she last checked. The reason that the site cannot currently be accessed is a different one. According to a message on WIPO's website WIPO unfortunately experienced "an electrical fire on its [premises so that] certain WIPO services will be unavailable until Monday October 31, 2011."

The IPKat hopes that everyone at WIPO is well and that the Office will be able to encourage creativity and innovation again on Monday. In the meantime, Richard Gallafent might be pleased to read that the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) has a similar "warning against misleading requests for payment" on its website (English).

UPDATE: as just pointed out by the IPKat's observant friend Keith Gymer (Page Hargrave) OHIM also provides a scam list with images on its website "....but CRPT isn't there yet...!"

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