TMEP 1306.05(i): Geographic Certification Marks Containing §2(b) Matter

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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1306.05(i)    Geographic Certification Marks Containing §2(b) Matter

Trademark Act §2(b), 15 U.S.C. §1052(b), bars the registration of marks that contain the flag, coat of arms, or other insignia of the United States, any state or municipality, or any foreign nation. If a geographic certification mark includes this matter, it must be refused registration. See TMEP §§1204–1204.05 regarding refusing registration under §2(b).