T.M.E.P. § 1304.04
Who May Apply to Register Membership Mark

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1304.04 Who May Apply to Register Membership Mark

Application to register a membership mark must be made by the organization that controls or intends to control the use of the mark and, therefore, owns or is entitled to use the mark. Application may not be made by a member. Before a registration may be issued, however, the mark must have been used by appropriate members. See American Speech-Language-Hearing Association v. National Hearing Aid Society, 224 USPQ 798 (TTAB 1984); Constitution Party of Texas v. Constitution Association USA, 152 USPQ 443 (TTAB 1966).