certification mark
A name, symbol, or other device used by an organization that certifies origin, material, mode of manufacture, quality, accuracy, or other characteristics — for example, the "UL" symbol certifying quality standards for electrical appliances.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

certification mark
USA
A word, name, symbol or other device (or any combination of them) used by one person to certify that its goods or services have certain characteristics or meet certain qualifications established by another person. The three uses of certification marks are to indicate that the good or service:
• Originated in a specific geographic region.
• Meets certain standards for quality, materials or manufacturing.
• Was worked on or performed by a member of a union or other organization (or that the worker met certain standards).
Like trademarks and service marks, certification marks meeting certain requirements can be registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Unlike trademarks or service marks, certification marks:
• Do not indicate the source of goods or services. Instead, a certification mark is used in connection with the goods or services of multiple persons to guarantee a certain standard or characteristic.
• Cannot be used by their owners. Instead, the owner of a certification mark (the certifier) controls third-party use of the mark by ensuring it is used only for goods or services meeting the owner's certification requirements.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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