Unsolicited letters regarding trade mark renewals

Article  \  1 Dec 2021

There has been an increasing number of unsolicited letters which appear to be fraudulent.

Most recently, an organisation calling itself ‘Goldman Rosenstain & Partners’ has been sending notices to owners of trade mark registrations in New Zealand, offering to renew their trade marks at a highly inflated cost. The letters and website address provided look as though they are from an authentic intellectual property provider, however, please be aware that neither are genuine.

This issue appears to be widespread and has been flagged by the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) as a something to treat with caution. Further information including a list of suspicious organisations is provided on their website here.

What should you do?

If you have registered a trade mark in New Zealand through us, you will only receive genuine information about your registration from AJ Park. If you are unsure about the authenticity of the notice you have received, take a moment to look up the name of the correct authority. Feel free to ask us if you are still in doubt.

Any other notices, particularly notices requesting payment, should be treated with caution. We urge you not to pay any invoice you receive from Goldman Rosenstain.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please reach out to your regular contact at AJ Park.