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Ever thought of applying for an intellectual property right via a Czech agency? Probably not, if you’re reading this, but in case you do then you might want to read the IPKat’s comments on WIPD, an organization whose name and logo closely resemble those of WIPO, which in addition to being a well respected organization is also an agency of the United Nations.

Of itself, WIPO says:

“The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international¬†intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.”

Of itself, WIPD says:

“The World Intellectual Property Database (WIPD) is an organization whose task is to manage the world database falling within the area of intellectual property, in particular patents and trade marks.”

Should you you wish to contact WIPD using anything other than snail mail (since only a postal address is shown on the WIPD website), then you should contact David Cabal, World Intellectual Property Database s.r.o., at davidcabal@seznam.cz (which appears to be a functioning email address) or at +420.606654600 (assuming that’s a real phone number). ¬†If either of these details are incorrect you can inform the domain name registrar, Joker, who are obliged to insist on WIPD providing accurate contact details (though that may eventually force them into hiding behind a privacy proxy).

In the meantime, you can compare the images above and below, and consult the relevant websites to make up your own mind about WIPD’s bona fides.