Many Australian trademark owners, including me, have, of late, been receiving letters requesting payment of moneys for listing of registered trademarks on a privately operated register/database of Australian trademarks.

I have already been contacted by one or two clients who have requested advice as to whether they need to respond to the document.

I replied that they do not, as it is not anything officially to do with official trademark registration.

It is, of course, merely an offer capable of acceptance or not and whether the clients see any commercial benefit in paying for listing.

One such document says, in its General Terms and Conditions section, “This publication is an elective service and does not substitute for registration, nor does it prolong the validity of your trademark registration with IP Australia.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries, whether in respect of approaches of the type attached or more generally.