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A certification mark is a symbol used to identify goods or services that meet certain criteria such as quality ratings or content levels,  certifying origin, quality, material or other characteristics.  Typically, a system of rating is established by an independent organization, and the symbol is then licensed to approved manufacturers or service providers. Examples include the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, the , and the Real symbol used on dairy products, ILGWU (International Ladies Garment Workers Union) label.

CERTIFICATION MARK: The term “certification mark” means any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof—
     (1) used by a person other than its owner, or
     (2) which its owner has a bona fide intention to permit a person other than the owner to use in commerce and files an application to register on the principal register established by this Act, to certify regional or other origin, material, mode of manufacture, quality, accuracy, or other characteristics of such person's goods or services or that the work or labor on the goods or services was performed by members of a union or other organization. One who sees a certification mark on a product or in connection with a service is entitled to assume that that product or service in fact meets whatever standards of safety or quality have been set up and advertised by the certifier.









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