The World Is Full Of Scam Artists


On a regular basis, we receive inquiries from clients about IP-related solicitations that they receive from third parties relating to things like renewing trademark registrations and domain names. Typical solicitations are one-pagers with a patina of legitimacy, referencing a particular IP asset, the owner, then usually ending with the punch line of requesting a fee or payment for "registration" or some other official-sounding service. (Example here.)

The Domain Name Strategy Blog (which you can now access at both and wrote recently about a solicitation that they received from a company calling itself WIPD, an acronym for "World Intellectual Property Database." Some of you may know that there is a rather large organization in Europe called WIPO, or "World Intellectual Property Organization," which is a U.N. organization that facilitates (or attempts to facilitate) an international IP system. WIPO is well known in IP circles.

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