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ALL CERTIFICATION MARK RIGHTS RESERVED
The federal certification mark statute requires the owner of a mark to explain the primary legal provisions to anyone who asks, so they are presented here.
This statute expressly prohibits anyone from falsely implying possession of a certification seal, referred to as "passing off". The statute also prohibits anyone from suggesting in any way that a product or service meets the quality standards required by a certification mark without the owner's direct authorization. A mark's owner is reserved the exclusive right to determine whether his or her mark's standards have been met.
A certification seal is valid only for the specific product or service for which it is issued. The possessor of an approved or stamped seal acquires no right to use the seal owner's name or other protected words of the certification mark for any other project or purpose.
For example, this law expressly prohibits anyone from implying that their product or service meets the quality standards of the Good House Keeping or United Laboratories (UL) seal unless the person has been issued the appropriate certification mark. Even then, the possessor of either the Good House Keeping or United Laboratories standards seal is prohibited from mentioning the seal owner's name or the seal's protected words in conjunction with any other product or service beyond the one for which the seal was issued.
The statute stipulates that any unauthorized use of the words or concepts in a seal (specifically FRIEDMAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES Compliant®), or variations of them, is prima facie evidence of felony fraud under the federal criminal fraud statutes. In addition to prison sentences, courts have awarded and approved significant civil lawsuit damage awards for certification mark violations. A certification mark owner has affirmative obligation to insure that the mark is not misused, both to protect the intrinsic integrity of the mark and those who are properly using it.
No architect, designer, decorator, casino, restaurant, or bar, or any of their employees, may use the words contained in the FRIEDMAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES Compliant® seal, or any variations of them, without Bill Friedman's prior investigation, written permission, and issuance of his certification seal. No one may imply that any design or its individual elements meet the FRIEDMAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES® standards without his prior investigation, written permission, and issuance of the seal for these elements. Bill Friedman reserves the right exclusively to determine whether design plans comply with the FRIEDMAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES Compliant® seal. Even when he stamps his seal, it applies only to, and is valid only for, the specific design drawings on which it appears.
If a company knows that an employee has used or is using the seal owner's name or the protected words contained in the FRIEDMAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES Compliant® seal, it is the responsibility of the company to verify that the employee possess a stamped seal on the design drawings for which the protected words were or are being mentioned. The same applies to independent contractors, since an independent contractor can be construed to be the company's representative. Mentioning the seal owner's name or the seal's protected words without possessing an official seal for the specific design drawings, or passing off, by either employees or independent contractors can draw the company and its officials into resulting legal action. You should consult with your lawyer regarding certification mark law restrictions.
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