"Touchstone: A basalt or slate rock used for assaying precious metals. Before accurate analysis was possible gold and silver was struck against the touchstone to test for quality against a known standard."


May 4th, 2010

The Intellectual Property Office have issued the following warnings:

Some companies and individuals are sending out unsolicited invitations to applicants and owners of UK trade marks and patents inviting them to apply for entry in various (sometimes official sounding) publications and “registers” in return for payment of a fee.  These are often in the form of invoices.  These are not official registers and are not connected to the IPO.

Other companies are offering (for a fee) to file Community Trade Marks based on the existing UK mark or application.  Often that offer and the quoted fee does not include “hidden” costs and fees or exceeds what would be quoted on the open market in the UK for such work.

If you receive a letter or invoice you are not sure about either check it carefully or send it to us to check it out for you free of charge.

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