It is the practice of some foreign companies to monitor the official records of Australian and international patents, trade mark registrations and applications, offering to list or publish the information for a fee.

Some companies also monitor renewal dates of properties and send an official-looking renewal offer.

There is no apparent value in such services which have no official authority. We recommend that any such offers be discarded. 

Occasionally, these organisations may even send an invoice for a service they have not yet provided. This is a lure to try and get you to book the service through them. If you receive an invoice from an organisation which is not your regular patent or trade marks attorney, we recommend you contact your attorney to discuss.

Those making these types of offers include:

  • American Trademark Agency (USA)
  • Central Data Register of International Patents (Germany)
  • Central Patent & Trademark Database (CPTD)(Hong Kong)
  • Commercial Centre for Industry and Trade (Switzerland)
  • Community Trade Mark Filing Support (UK)
  • Company of Economic Publications Ltd (Austria)
  • Company for Publications and Information Anstalt (CPI)(Liechtenstein)
  • Edition The Marks KFT (Hungary)
  • EPTR Trademark Register
  • European Institute for Economy and Commerce (EIEC)(Belgium)
  • European Trademark Organisation S.A. (Belgium)
  • Federated Institute for Patent & Trademark Registry (FIPTR)(US)
  • Federated Organization for Intellectual Property (FOIP) (USA)
  • Globus Edition SL (Spain)
  • Gaia Almanach (Hungary)
  • INFOCOM (Switzerland)
  • Institut of Commerce for Industry, Trade, Commerce (Switzerland)
  • Intellectual Office Property Register (IOPR) (USA)
  • International Bureau for Intellectual Property (IBIP)(USA)
  • International Bureau for Intellectual Property (Slovak Republic)
  • International Database of Registered Trade Marks IDRTM (AU)
  • International Data Medium Anstalt (IDM) (Liechtenstein)
  • International Organization for Intellectual Property (Switzerland)
  • International Organization for Patent & Trademark Service (IOPTS)(USA)
  • International Patents & Trademarks Database (IPTD)(UK)
  • International Patent and Trademark Guide (IPTG) (Czech Republic)
  • Intellectual Property Agency Ltd (Belgium)
  • IPTR International Patent and Trademark Register (Germany)
  • IP Data (Czech Republic)
  • IT&T AG (Switzerland)
  • ITP-Register (International Trademark and Patent Register) (Spain)
  • ITP-Register (International Trademark and Patent Register) (Czech Republic)
  • Organization for Patents and Trademarks (OPT s.r.o.) (Slovak Republic)
  • Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd (The Netherlands)
  • Patent Trademark Register – Register of International Patents (Slovakia)
  • Patent & Trademark Organisation LLC (based in USA with a street address in Melbourne)
  • PTMO Limited (street address in Canberra)
  • Register of International Patents – Office Data Management (Italy)
  • Register of International Patent Bulletin (Germany)
  • Register of International Patents (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and / or Austria)
  • Registration of International Patent (Czech Republic and/or Slovak Republic)
  • Registration of Trademark Selection (Switzerland)
  • Registration of Trademark Selection, Inc. (United States of America)
  • RPT Servis World Wide Patent Service (Czech Republic)
  • Société pour Publications et Information (SARL)(Austria)
  • TM-Collection Kft (Hungary)
  • TM-Edition International Catalogue of trademarks (Hungary)
  • TM Worldwide Lp (Hungary)
  • TPP Trademark & Patent Publications (Poland)
  • Trademark Publisher GmbH (Germany and Australia)
  • Trademark Renewal Service (TRS)(USA)
  • Trademark Selection GmbH (Switzerland)
  • United States Trademark Protection Agency (USA)
  • UPTS (Czech Republic)
  • World Bureau Intellectual Property (WBIP)(USA)
  • World Intellectual Property Database (Czech Republic)
  • World Intelligent Property Office
  • World Organization for Trademarks (WOTRA) – Hungary
  • World Patents and Trademarks (WIPT s.r.o) (Slovak Republic)
  • World Patent and Trademark Index (Czech Republic)
  • Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents (Czech Republic)
  • ZDR – Datenregister GmbH (Germany)
  • International Database of Registered Trade Marks INDAB (Australia)

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