Warning about payment of fees concerning publication of applications under the Madrid system

It has come to the attention of us that applicants are receiving invitations to pay fees that do not come from the International Bureau of WIPO and are unrelated to the processing of international applications under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol.  Whatever registration services might be offered in such invitations, they bear no connection to WIPO or to any of its official publications.

The invitations often identify a particular international application by its international publication number, publication date, mark, international application number, priority information and classes of ICGS; examples of such invitations can be viewed below.

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