Geographic Certification Marks

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Specimens of Use - geographic certification marks

Section B.4. discusses specimens of use for geographic certification marks in the context of the application for registration. It does not discuss the requirements for specimens filed post-registration (such as for the renewal of the registration). At such times, what criteria must the specimens meet - the same ones as for trademarks or service marks? Does the registrant have an affirmative obligation to submit changes ...more »

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Goods/Service from outside the geography

Section B.1.a. "Certification Statement Must Define the Relevant Region" states that if the proposed certification mark consists of the wording MARYLAND APPLES and the certification statement indicates that the apples originate in Maryland, Virginia, or Delaware, then the Examining Attorney must determine if Maryland is famous for apples or its principal products include apples. Why does the Examining Attorney need to ...more »

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