TMEP 1306.05(j): Examples of Geographic Certification Marks

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1306.05(j)    Examples of Geographic Certification Marks

Example 1

Mark: IDAHO (typed drawing)

Specimen consisting of a box featuring the mark.

Specimen

Goods: Potatoes and potato products, namely, fresh, frozen, refrigerated and dehydrated potatoes

Certification Statement: “The Certification mark, as used by authorized persons, certifies that goods identified by the mark are grown in Idaho and that the goods conform to quality, grade and other requirements, pursuant to standards designated by the Applicant.”

Example 2

Mark consisting of a rectangle containing the outline of the state of Idaho and the words GROWN IN IDAHO.

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Specimen consisting of a bag of potatoes featuring the mark.

Specimen

Goods: Potatoes and potato products, namely, fresh, frozen, refrigerated and dehydrated potatoes

Certification Statement: “The certification mark, as used by person[s] authorized by the certifier, certifies the regional origin of potatoes grown in the State of Idaho and certifies that those potatoes conform to grade, size, weight, color, shape, cleanliness, variety, internal defect, external defect, maturity and residue level standards promulgated by the certifier.”

Example 3

Mark consisting of the word ROQUEFORT in stylized letters

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Specimen consisting of a cheese label featuring the mark

Specimen

Goods: Cheese

Certification Statement: “The certification mark is used upon the goods to indicate that the same has been manufactured from sheep’s milk only, and has been cured in the nature caves of the community of Roquefort, Department of Aveyron, France.” See TMEP §1306.05(b)(i) regarding the preferred form and content of the certification statement.

Example 4

Mark consisting of a stylized citrus tree and the wording A PRODUCT OF THE FLORIDA SUNSHINE TREE

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A specimen consisting of a orange juice label featuring the mark

Specimen

Goods: Oranges; grapefruit, tangerines, orange juice; grapefruit juice; orange juice concentrate and grapefruit juice concentrate, both frozen and unfrozen; and citrus salad

Certification Statement: “The mark certifies that the goods bearing the mark either consist of citrus fruit grown in the state of Florida, under specified standards, or are processed or manufactured from or with such fruit.” See TMEP §1306.05(b)(i) regarding the preferred form and content of the certification statement.

Example 5

Mark: RECIOTO (standard characters)

Specimen consisting of a wine label featuring the mark

Specimen

Goods: Alcoholic beverages, namely, wine

Certification Statement: “The certification mark, as used by persons authorized by the certifier, certifies a wine produced in the Valpolicella region of Italy.”

Example 6

Mark consisting of a stylized cow

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Specimen consisting of a cheese label featuring the mark

Specimen

Goods: Butter and cheese

Certification Statement: “The mark certifies that the goods are produced in Denmark and meet standards and quality established by applicant.” See TMEP §1306.05(b)(i) regarding the preferred form and content of the certification statement

Example 7

Mark consisting of the shape of the state of Texas inside an open circle above the words GO TEXAN

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Specimen consisting of a brochure featuring the mark.

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Services: “Retirement communities in Texas, development of retirement communities in Texas, and retirement homes in Texas”

Certification Statement: “The certification mark, as used or intended to be used by persons authorized by the certifier, certifies that the services provided originate in the State of Texas, and meet community, tax, housing, safety, employment, healthcare, public transportation, educational, leisure, and recreational standards as set by the certifier.”

Example 8

Mark consisting of the wording DARJEELING and a stylized woman holding tea leaves

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Specimen consisting of tea packaging featuring the mark

Specimen

Goods: Tea

Certification Statement: “The certification mark, as used by persons authorized by certifier, certifies that a blend of tea contains at least sixty percent (60%) tea originating in the Darjeeling region of India, and that the blend meets other specifications established by the certifier.” See TMEP §1306.05(b)(i) regarding the preferred form and content of the certification statement.

Example 9

Mark: VIDALIA (typed drawing)

Specimen consisting of the wrapper for a bag of onions bearing the VIDALIA mark

Specimen

Goods: Fresh onions

Certification Statement: “The certification mark is intended to be used by persons authorized by certifier, and will certify that the goods in connection with which it is used are yellow Granex type onions and are grown by authorized growers within the Vidalia onion production area in Georgia as defined in the Georgia Vidalia onion act of 1986.”