The Problem

This applies to patents, trade marks and designs.

A renewal fee, also called an annuity or maintenance fee, is a fee that is payable to an intellectual property office (sometimes called a patent office) in order to keep one of the above alive/in-force.

If you are applying for one of the above or have already a granted patent or registered trade mark or design, you may well receive a letter asking you to pay one of these fees. There was a day when these letters would only come from one company, e.g. your patent attorney. However, certain activities have been outsourced by firms over the years, which has resulted in letters requesting payment being sent out from other legitimate companies. Unfortunately, amongst these companies lie other, less reputable, ones.

The trouble is, is the request coming from a legitimate source that is not trying to mislead you? Is the payment request from a legitimate organisation and is the cost worthwhile?

The Solution

For a £10 + VAT fee, we will allow you to upload an image (scan or photo) of the correspondence you have received. One of our trained staff will then look at the correspondence and we will write to you within 24 hours to let you know whether you should pay the money requested, and if not who you should contact as an alternative. This way, you take whatever action is necessary to make sure you do not lose any rights, but at the same time you do not get ripped off.