The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO) has been informed that applicants and agents have been receiving fraudulent letters and emails in which they are asked to pay fees for services related to trademarks, drawings and models, for example their publication, registration or inclusion in business directories. Some of these documents fraudulently use the name of the SPTO, reproducing fake SPTO letterheads, stamps and signatures.
We hereby advise you that these fraudulent communications are neither issued nor endorsed by the SPTO and have no legal standing. The companies that send them are in no way connected to the SPTO and have no connection whatsoever to its official publications. (See document on paying fraudulent fees).
In other cases they are companies supposedly connected to Industrial Property that, using information obtained from official SPTO publications, send fake payment letters to applicants or agents, providing details of a current account into which the payment should be made These types of companies often have a simulated web page, in order to give the impression that they are reliable companies. As in the previous case, please remember that these letters are not connected to any SPTO procedures and the SPTO is not in any way connected to these companies. (See examples of fraudulent payment letters).
Any communication from the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office is always properly identified with the institution's coat of arms, the name of the Ministerial Department it is attached to (Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade) and the logo and official denominations of the SPTO. Interested parties should carefully examine any documents they receive and, if they have any doubts, they should contact the SPTO and not make any payments until they have confirmed that the communications come from an official source.
If you have any doubts, please contact the SPTO.
Fax: 91 349 55 97
Below are examples of various fraudulent communications that have been detected: