TMEP 1306.04(a): Compare the Mark on the Drawing to the Specimen for §1(a)

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1306.04(a)    Compare the Mark on the Drawing to the Specimen for §1(a)

In evaluating the drawing, the same standards used in relation to trademark and service mark drawings apply to certification marks (see TMEP §§807–807.18). For §1(a) applications, the examining attorney must refer to the specimen to determine what constitutes the mark. See In re Nat’l Inst. for Auto. Serv. Excellence, 218 USPQ 744 (TTAB 1983). The drawing in the application must include the entire certification mark, but it should not include matter that is not part of the mark.