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Subject RE: Certification marks and why I don't think we want to go there
From Andrew Cormack <Andrew.Cormack@xxxxxx>
Date Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:46:52 +0000



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Leif Johansson [mailto:leifj@xxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 02 June 2013 13:36
> To: Andrew Cormack
> Cc: REFeds
> Subject: Re: [refeds] Certification marks and why I don't think we want
> to go there
> 
> On 06/02/2013 11:56 AM, Andrew Cormack wrote:
> > A couple of references on the legal meaning of certification marks:
> >
> > World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) recognises the term
> "certification mark" but they seem to regard them as a national issue.
> http://www.wipo.int/sme/en/ip_business/collective_marks/certification_m
> arks.htm
> >
> > UK Intellectual Property Office. Certification Marks are defined in
> the Trade Marks Act as a particular type of trade mark. So they have to
> pass all the normal tests for registering a trademark (distinctive, not
> generic, etc.), and then some: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/t-different.htm
> >
> > Information about how the Office handle certification marks, with a
> lot of requirements on the organisations handling them:
> http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmmanual-chap4-certcoll.pdf
> >
> > Andrew
> >
> > --
> > Andrew Cormack
> > Chief Regulatory Adviser, Janet
> > t: +44 1235 822302
> > b: https://community.ja.net/blogs/regulatory-developments
> > Janet(UK) is a trading name of Jisc Collections and Janet Limited, a
> not-for-profit company which is registered in England under No. 2881024
> and whose Registered Office is at Lumen House, Library Avenue, Harwell
> Oxford, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0SG. VAT No. 614944238
> >
> >
> >
> Also note that KI calls the IAF certification a Trust Mark - possibly
> to
> avoid some of this.

Hmmm. "Trust Mark" appears to be a multi-valued term. Among others, it's a certification mark for builders, electricians, etc. http://www.trustmark.org.uk/

Andrew

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Andrew Cormack
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Janet(UK) is a trading name of Jisc Collections and Janet Limited, a not-for-profit company which is registered in England under No. 2881024 and whose Registered Office is at Lumen House, Library Avenue, Harwell Oxford, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0SG. VAT No. 614944238