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Warning: scam notices related to patents or trademarks

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

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The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is aware of various scam mail or email being sent to holders of patent and trademark registrations. These notices are designed to closely resemble CIPO notices.

Quick facts about scam notices:

Remember, legitimate notices about Canadian patents or trademarks nearing expiry will only come from CIPO.

How to tell it's legitimate

Examples of non-CIPO notices

The examples are in the language in which the original document was submitted to CIPO.

Think you received a fake notice?

If you're suspicious of something you received related to a fee payment, service offer, renewal/maintenance fee, or similar requests:

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