A couple of weeks ago I filed a trademark application for my company name, Quernus. This was filed with the official UK body for this, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The cost for this process is £200.
Today I received a letter in the post from the ‘World Organisation for Trademarks’ with an invoice for £896 for a filing of the trademark. The beneficiary is WOTRA Kft in Budapest, Hungary.
It is a scam.
It is a private company who operate a private registration database of trademarks. It has no connection with anyone else.
But it is a pretty damn good scam. They obviously scan the official trademark notification bulletins and use the public data from that to make a very convincing looking invoice with enough information in it to make it seem legitimate.
However, at the bottom in the small print they even say:
Please note that this private registration hasn’t any connection with the publication of official registrations, and is not a registration by a government organisation, and we haven’t any business relation yet. This offer for registration is not an invoice but a solicitation without obligation to pay, unless our offer is accepted.
Xcode 8 brings with it a new automatic code signing system. It is meant to make life a lot easier for developers, but needs a bit of work to get working with headless CI systems like Fastlane and Jenkins.
Jenkins 2.0 beta is out and has included a multi-branch pipeline plugin that allows automatic build of feature branches from Github. Here is how I set it up to build feature branch builds of our iOS apps
Singapore aims to be the world’s first Smart Nation, with fuller use of technology to live, work and play resulting in improved quality of life for individuals; business opportunities for enterprises; and a government that uses technology to better serve and anticipate citizens’ needs.
A write up of some of the talks I found interesting at the NSScotland conference in Edinburgh. Dealing with maps; Building a mental health app; Working with distributed teams; and a 30-year old calculator codebase