TMEP 1609.12: Amendment of Certification Statement for Certification Marks

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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1609.12    Amendment of Certification Statement for Certification Marks

A registration for a certification mark must include a statement specifying what the owner is certifying about the goods or services in the registration. See 37 C.F.R. §§2.161(j)(3), 7.37(j)(3); TMEP §§1306.03, 1604.21(c), 1613.21(c).

The certification statement must be sufficiently detailed to give proper notice of what is being certified. All of the characteristics or features that the mark certifies should be included. A certification mark registration is not limited to certifying a single characteristic or feature.

Under §7(e) of the Act, the certification statement may be amended if the amendment does not materially alter the certification statement. See 37 C.F.R. §2.173(f).