Overseas company, TM Publisher has been sending invoices to New
Zealand businesses offering to publish their trade mark
applications/registrations in a 'directory' for $1,638. The
directory is fictitious and the Commerce Commission has been
investigating this practice (see the Commission's media release here
If you have paid an invoice from TM Publisher since 6 April 2016
you may be entitled to a refund. You will need to inform the
Commerce Commission, as they may chase the refund on your
TM Publisher are just one of a number of parties sending out
such invoices or offering unsolicited services to intellectual
property owners. As a general rule, if we act for you in
intellectual property matters we suggest you treat any related
invoices from other parties with suspicion.
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