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PTCB TRADEMARK AND CERTIFICATION MARK POLICY

I. TRADEMARK POLICY.

A. Policy Purpose.

This Policy establishes the rules and requirements for use of all Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) trademarks, including trademarks and service marks.

 B. PTCB Organizational Trademarks.

1. Mark Ownership.

 The following organizational trademarks (PTCB Trademarks) are owned and controlled by PTCB:

 PTCB Logo - Trademark  PTCB Logo Color TM
 

PTCB®

 

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

PTCB retains the sole and exclusive rights to use the PTCB Trademarks. PTCB may create and use additional marks, as it deems appropriate.   

2. Prohibited Use of PTCB Trademarks.

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations, including PTCB certificants, are not permitted to use the PTCB Trademarks. In certain circumstances, PTCB may permit another organization to use a specific PTCB Trademark, subject to a PTCB-approved license agreement. Permission by PTCB to use a PTCB Certification Mark, Advocate Mark, or Sponsor Mark, identified in Sections II, III and IV of this Policy, does not include authorization to use the PTCB Trademarks.  

3. Policy Violations and Related Matters.

PTCB reserves, and may use, any and all remedies available under applicable laws and organizational policies to protect the PTCB Trademarks. Infringement or other misuse of any PTCB Trademarks will be challenged.

Following the receipt of information that an unauthorized use of a PTCB Trademark may have occurred, PTCB will determine if responsive action(s) will be taken in accordance with this Policy and applicable Federal and State laws.

 

II. CERTIFICATION MARK POLICY

A. Policy Purpose.

PTCB certification marks and credentials (PTCB Certification Marks) certify that authorized individuals performing pharmacy technician services have satisfied applicable certification requirements established by PTCB. PTCB Certification Marks represent a standard of excellence in the pharmacy technician field. This Policy establishes the rules and requirements for use of the PTCB Certification Marks, including proper use of the marks by certificants on occupational and business materials. All PTCB authorized individuals should review this Policy carefully to ensure that all uses of the Certification Marks conform to the Policy requirements.

B. PTCB Certification Marks.

1. Mark Ownership.

The following PTCB Certification Marks are owned and controlled by PTCB:

PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician PTCB CPhT CPhT

PTCB retains all trademark and other ownership rights concerning the PTCB Certification Marks. PTCB may create and use additional certification marks, as it deems appropriate. 

2. Authorized Use of PTCB Certification Marks.

PTCB grants limited permission to use the PTCB Certification Marks to qualified individuals who satisfy all applicable PTCB certification requirements. Consistent with applicable law and organizational policies, PTCB will ensure that the Certification Marks are displayed and otherwise used properly, as such use represents PTCB certification to the public.

3. Prohibited Use of PTCB Trademarks, Advocate Marks, and Sponsor Marks.

Permission by PTCB to use a PTCB Certification Mark does not include authorization to use any PTCB Trademarks, Advocate Marks, or Sponsor Marks, which are identified in Sections I, III, and IV of this Policy.

4. Persons Authorized to Use PTCB Certification Marks/ Certificant Responsibilities.

Use of the Certification Marks is limited strictly to those individuals who are PTCB certificants in good standing. Each PTCB certificant accepts and assumes sole responsibility for understanding and satisfying all PTCB organizational and legal requirements related to the use and display of the Certification Marks. PTCB will not be liable or otherwise responsible for any claims, complaints, suits, or damages whatsoever, relating to a certificant’s use or display of a Certification Mark. 

Among other requirements, each certificant is responsible for ensuring that the use of any Certification Mark on occupational and business-related materials (e.g., business cards, stationery and/or letterhead, email signatures, advertisements, brochures, or Internet websites) is consistent with this Policy, and is not in conflict with applicable laws. PTCB assumes no responsibility concerning the interpretation or application of such legal requirements.

PTCB certificants are prohibited from making any public statement or representation related to the PTCB Certification Program that brings PTCB into disrepute, that is materially false, or that is otherwise contrary to the interests of PTCB.

5. Non-Assignability and Non-Transferability of PTCB Certification Marks.

Permission to use the PTCB Certification Marks is limited to the PTCB certificant, and may not be transferred to, assigned to, or otherwise used by, any other individual, organization, business, or entity.

6. Proper Use and Appearance of PTCB Certification Marks.

Each PTCB certificant may use the PTCB Certification Marks on occupational and business-related materials, consistent with the following rules:

a. Proper Use. Each individual PTCB certificant must use the Certification Marks only in conjunction with his/her name, and in connection with the services related to the certification, i.e., pharmacy technician services. The Certification Marks may not be positioned, displayed, or used in a manner which may lead the public to believe that a company or organization is certified or otherwise endorsed by PTCB.

b. Proper Appearance. Certification Marks must be associated only with the certified individual, who is authorized to use the Marks. Additionally, Certification Marks should always be used in their entirety, and must always appear with the appropriate subscript/superscript trademark ownership symbol, “®” or “™.”

With respect to other affiliation marks and/or logos, the PTCB Certification Marks may be located near such other marks or logos, but must remain separate and distinct so as to avoid confusion concerning the source of the certification, and to avoid the appearance that other marks, certifications, credentials, designations, or organizations are associated with, or endorsed by, PTCB.

c. Examples of Proper Uses and Appearance. Proper uses and appearance of the PTCB Certification Marks include, but are not limited to, the following examples.

 

Jane C. Doe
PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician

 

John A. Smith
PTCB CPhT


Jane B. Thomas
CPhT™

Any questions concerning the proper use of PTCB Certification Marks should be submitted in writing to the PTCB Associate Executive Director at the following email address, contact@ptcb.org, or by mail at the following mailing address, 2215 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20037.

7. Non-Interference with Use of Certification Marks by Other Certificants.

A PTCB certificant may not prohibit, restrict, or otherwise limit the authorized and appropriate use of a PTCB Certification Mark by another certificant.

 8. Violation Reporting Responsibilities.

Each PTCB certificant has the responsibility to report the unauthorized use, misuse, or other violation of this Policy to PTCB in a timely manner. This reporting responsibility includes any circumstance where the use of a PTCB Certification Mark is related to an individual or organization that is not a PTCB certificant, or where a Certification Mark is used improperly by a PTCB certificant. 

9. Policy Violations and Related Matters.

PTCB reserves, and may use, any and all remedies available under applicable laws and organizational policies to protect the PTCB Certification Marks. Infringement or other misuse of any PTCB Certification Mark will be challenged. PTCB certificants are required to cooperate fully in the review and resolution of such matters.  

Following receipt of information that an inappropriate or unauthorized use of a Certification Mark may have occurred, PTCB will determine if responsive action(s) will be taken in accordance with this Policy and applicable laws.

10. Disciplinary Actions Related to Mark Misuse By a Certificant or Candidate.

All mark misuse complaints and other matters concerning potential violations of this Policy by a PTCB certificant or certification candidate will be reviewed and resolved by the PTCB Associate Executive Director, or his/her designee. If, after notice and a fair opportunity to respond, the Associate Executive Director determines that the certificant or candidate has violated the terms of this Policy, PTCB reserves the right to issue disciplinary sanctions and/or other appropriate corrective actions, including but not limited to: certification suspension or revocation; or, the rejection of the candidate’s PTCB certification application. A PTCB certificant may request an informal review of an adverse decision by submitting a written request for review to PTCB. A PTCB candidate may appeal an adverse decision under the PTCB Certification Appeals Procedure.

In addition, PTCB may refer cases of certification mark misuse, infringement, or other similar matters to appropriate agencies and other organizations, or may initiate appropriate legal action.  

11. Policy Violation Actions Concerning Third Parties.

Following receipt of information that an inappropriate or unauthorized use of the PTCB Certification Mark(s) by a third party individual, organization, or company may have occurred, PTCB will determine if responsive action(s) will be taken consistent with PTCB policies and applicable laws.

 

III. PTCB ADVOCATE MARK POLICY

A. Policy Purpose.

PTCB Advocate Program marks (PTCB Advocate Marks) represent: qualified educational organizations that prepare pharmacy technicians for PTCB certification, and are participants in the PTCB Advocate Program (Advocate Educators); and, qualified healthcare facilities, pharmacies, and other organizations that employ pharmacy technicians, support PTCB Certification, and are participants in the PTCB Advocate Program (Advocate Employers). This Policy establishes the rules and requirements for use of the PTCB Advocate Marks, including proper use of the marks by Advocate Educators and Advocate Employers on advertising, informational, and business materials. All authorized Advocate Program participants should review this Policy carefully to ensure that all uses of the Advocate Marks conform to the Policy requirements.

B. PTCB Advocate Marks. 

1. Mark Ownership.

The following PTCB Advocate Marks related to the PTCB Advocate Program are owned and controlled by PTCB:

 TM  PTCB Certification Program Advocate
 PTCB Advocate Educator   

PTCB Advocate Employer

 

PTCB retains all trademark and other ownership rights related to the PTCB Advocate Marks. PTCB may create and use additional trademarks, as it deems appropriate.

2. Authorized Use of PTCB Advocate Marks.

PTCB grants limited permission to use PTCB Advocate Marks to Advocate Educator and Advocate Employer Program participants in good standing. Consistent with applicable law and organizational policies, PTCB will ensure that the Advocate Marks are displayed and otherwise used properly, as such use represents PTCB Advocate Program participation to the public.

 3. Prohibited Use of PTCB Trademarks, Certification Marks, and Sponsor Marks.

Permission by PTCB to use a PTCB Advocate Mark does not include authorization to use any PTCB Trademarks, Certification Marks, or Sponsor Marks, which are identified in Sections I, II, and IV of this Policy.

4. Organizations Authorized to Use PTCB Advocate Marks/ Advocate Program Participant Responsibilities.

Use of the Advocate Marks is limited strictly to those educational organizations and employers that are Advocate Program participants in good standing. PTCB will not be liable or otherwise responsible for any claims, complaints, suits, or damages whatsoever, relating to an Advocate Program participant’s use or display of an Advocate Mark.

Each Advocate Educator and Advocate Employer accepts and assumes sole responsibility for understanding and satisfying all applicable organizational and legal requirements related to the use and display of the Advocate Marks. Among other requirements, each Advocate Educator and Advocate Employer is responsible for ensuring that the use of any Advocate Mark on print and electronic advertising, informational, and business-related materials (e.g., advertisements, brochures, Internet websites, and signs) is consistent with this Policy, and is not in conflict with applicable laws. PTCB assumes no responsibility concerning the interpretation or application of such legal requirements. 

PTCB Advocate Educators and Advocate Employers are prohibited from making any public statement or representation related to the Advocate Program that brings PTCB into disrepute, that is materially false, or that is otherwise contrary to the interests of PTCB.

6. Non-Assignability and Non-Transferability of PTCB Advocate Marks.

Permission to use a PTCB Advocate Mark is limited to the current PTCB Advocate Educator or Advocate Employer, and may not be transferred to, assigned to, or otherwise used by, any other individual, organization, business, or entity. 

7. Proper Use and Appearance of PTCB Advocate Marks.

Each Advocate Educator and Advocate Employer may use the Advocate Marks on advertising, informational, and business-related materials, consistent with the following rules:

a. Proper Use. Each Advocate Educator or Advocate Employer must use the Advocate Mark only in conjunction with the educational organization or employer’s name. The Advocate Marks may not be positioned, displayed, or used in a manner which may lead the public to believe that the organization or employer is approved or otherwise endorsed by PTCB.

b. Proper Appearance. An Advocate Mark must be associated only with the Advocate Educator or Advocate Employer. Additionally, an Advocate Mark must always be used in its entirety, and must always appear with the appropriate subscript/superscript trademark ownership symbol, “®” or “™.”

With respect to other affiliation marks and/or logos, the PTCB Advocate Marks may be located near these other marks or logos, but must remain separate and distinct so as to avoid the appearance that other marks, credentials, designations, or organizations are associated with, or endorsed by, PTCB.

c. Examples of Proper Use and Appearance. Proper use and appearance of the Advocate Marks include, but are not limited to, the following examples.

 Springfield College
TM
 

ABC Pharmacy
PTCB Certification Program Advocate


Any questions concerning the proper use of PTCB Advocate Marks should be submitted in writing to the PTCB Associate Executive Director at the following email address, contact@ptcb.org, or by mail at the following mailing address, 2215 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20037.

 

7. Non-Interference with Use of Advocate Marks by Other Advocate Program Participants.

An Advocate Educator or Advocate Employer may not prohibit, restrict, or otherwise limit the authorized and appropriate use of an Advocate Mark by another Advocate Program participant.

8. Policy Violations and Related Matters.

PTBC reserves, and may use, any and all remedies available under applicable laws and organizational policies to protect the PTCB Advocate Marks. Infringement or other misuse of a PTCB Advocate Mark will be challenged. Advocate Educators and Advocate Employers are required to cooperate fully in the review and resolution of such matters.

Following receipt of information that an inappropriate or unauthorized use of an Advocate Mark may have occurred, PTCB will determine if responsive action(s) will be taken consistent with this Policy and applicable laws. 

9. Sanctions Related to Mark Misuse By an Advocate Program Participant or Applicant.

All mark misuse complaints and other matters concerning potential violations of this Policy by an Advocate Program participant, or an applicant seeking to participate in the Advocate Program, will be reviewed and resolved by the PTCB Associate Executive Director, or his/her designee. If, after notice and a fair opportunity to respond, the Associate Executive Director determines that an Advocate Program participant or applicant has violated the terms of this Policy, PTCB reserves the right to issue sanctions and/or other appropriate corrective actions, including but not limited to: termination from the PTCB Advocate Program; or, rejection of the educational organization or employer’s PTCB Advocate Program application. An Advocate Program participant or applicant may request an informal review of an adverse decision by submitting a written request for review to PTCB.

In addition, PTCB may refer cases of mark misuse, infringement, or other similar matters to appropriate government agencies, or other organizations, or may initiate legal action.

10. Policy Violation Actions Concerning Third Parties.

Following the receipt of information indicating that a PTCB Advocate Mark may have been used without authorization or inappropriately by a third party individual, organization, or company, PTCB will determine if responsive action(s) will be taken consistent with PTCB policies and applicable laws.

 

IV. PTCB CERTIFICATION SPONSOR MARK POLICY

A. Policy Purpose.

PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program mark (PTCB Sponsor Mark) represent qualified organizations that educate or employ pharmacy technicians, and are committed to developing a qualified and skilled pharmacy technician workforce to support pharmacists and advance patient safety (PTCB Certification Sponsors or Sponsors). This Policy establishes the rules and requirements for use of the PTCB Sponsor Mark, including proper use of the mark by PTCB Certification Sponsors on advertising, informational, and business materials. All authorized Sponsors should review this Policy carefully to ensure that all uses of the Sponsor Mark conform to the Policy requirements.

B. PTCB Sponsor Mark.

1. Mark Ownership.

The following PTCB Sponsor Mark related to the PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program is owned and controlled by PTCB:

PTCB Certification Program Sponsor

PTCB retains all trademark and other ownership rights related to the PTCB Sponsor Mark. PTCB may create and use additional trademarks, as it deems appropriate.

2. Authorized Use of PTCB Sponsor Mark.

PTCB grants limited permission to use the PTCB Sponsor Mark to Certification Sponsors in good standing. Consistent with applicable law and organizational policies, PTCB will ensure that the Sponsor Mark is displayed and otherwise used properly, as such use represents participation in the PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program to the public.

3. Prohibited Use of PTCB Trademarks and Certification Marks.

Permission by PTCB to use the PTCB Sponsor Mark does not include authorization to use any PTCB Trademarks or Certification Marks, which are identified in Sections I and II of this Policy. 

4. Organizations Authorized to Use PTCB Sponsor Mark/ Certification Sponsor Responsibilities.

Use of the Sponsor Mark is limited strictly to those organizations that are PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program participants in good standing. PTCB will not be liable or otherwise responsible for any claims, complaints, suits, or damages whatsoever, relating to a Sponsor’s use or display of a Sponsor Mark.

The Sponsor accepts and assumes sole responsibility for understanding and satisfying all applicable organizational and legal requirements related to the use and display of the Sponsor Mark. Among other requirements, each Sponsor is responsible for ensuring that the use of the Sponsor Mark on print and electronic advertising, informational, and business-related materials (e.g., advertisements, brochures, Internet websites, and signs) is consistent with this Policy, and is not in conflict with applicable laws. PTCB assumes no responsibility concerning the interpretation or application of such legal requirements.

PTCB Sponsors are prohibited from making any public statement or representation related to the Certification Sponsorship Program that brings PTCB into disrepute, that is materially false, or that is otherwise contrary to the interests of PTCB.

5. Non-Assignability and Non-Transferability of PTCB Sponsor Mark.

Permission to use the PTCB Sponsor Mark is limited to the current PTCB Sponsor, and may not be transferred to, assigned to, or otherwise used by, any other individual, organization, business, or entity.

6. Proper Use and Appearance of PTCB Sponsor Mark.

Each Sponsor may use the Sponsor Mark on advertising, informational, and business-related materials, consistent with the following rules:

a. Proper Use. Each Sponsor must use the Sponsor Mark only in conjunction with the organization’s name. The Sponsor Mark may not be positioned, displayed, or used in a manner which may lead the public to believe that the organization is approved or otherwise endorsed by PTCB.

b. Proper Appearance. The Sponsor Mark must be associated only with the Sponsor. Additionally, the Sponsor Mark must always be used in its entirety, and must always appear with the appropriate subscript/superscript trademark ownership symbol, “®” or “™.” 

With respect to other affiliation marks and/or logos, the PTCB Sponsor Mark may be located near these other marks or logos, but must remain separate and distinct so as to avoid the appearance that other marks, credentials, designations, or organizations are associated with, or endorsed by, PTCB.

c. Example of Proper Use and Appearance. Proper use and appearance of the Sponsor Mark includes the following example.

Any questions concerning the proper use of the PTCB Sponsor Mark should be submitted in writing to the PTCB Associate Executive Director at the following email address, contact@ptcb.org, or by mail at the following mailing address, 2215 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20037.

7. Non-Interference with Use of Sponsor Mark by Other Sponsors.

A Sponsor may not prohibit, restrict, or otherwise limit the authorized and appropriate use of the Sponsor Mark by another Sponsor.

8. Policy Violations and Related Matters.

PTBC reserves, and may use, any and all remedies available under applicable laws and organizational policies to protect the PTCB Sponsor Mark. Infringement or other misuse of the PTCB Sponsor Mark will be challenged. Sponsors are required to cooperate fully in the review and resolution of such matters.

Following receipt of information that an inappropriate or unauthorized use of the Sponsor Mark may have occurred, PTCB will determine if responsive action(s) will be taken consistent with this Policy and applicable laws. 

9. Sanctions Related to Mark Misuse By a Certification Sponsor or Applicant.

All mark misuse complaints and other matters concerning potential violations of this Policy by a Certification Sponsor, or an applicant seeking to participate in the Certification Sponsorship Program, will be reviewed and resolved by the PTCB Associate Executive Director, or his/her designee. If, after notice and a fair opportunity to respond, the Associate Executive Director determines that a Sponsor or applicant has violated the terms of this Policy, PTCB reserves the right to issue sanctions and/or other appropriate corrective actions, including but not limited to: termination from the PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program; or, rejection of the applicant’s PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program application. A Sponsor or applicant may request an informal review of an adverse decision by submitting a written request for review to PTCB.

In addition, PTCB may refer cases of mark misuse, infringement, or other similar matters to appropriate government agencies, or other organizations, or may initiate legal action.

10. Policy Violation Actions Concerning Third Parties.

Following the receipt of information indicating that the PTCB Sponsor Mark may have been used without authorization or inappropriately by a third party individual, organization, or company, PTCB will determine if responsive action(s) will be taken consistent with PTCB policies and applicable laws.

IV. PTCB CERTIFICATION SPONSOR MARK POLICY

A. Policy Purpose. 

PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program mark (PTCB Sponsor Mark) represent qualified organizations that educate or employ pharmacy technicians, and are committed to developing a qualified and skilled pharmacy technician workforce to support pharmacists and advance patient safety (PTCB Certification Sponsors or Sponsors). This Policy establishes the rules and requirements for use of the PTCB Sponsor Mark, including proper use of the mark by PTCB Certification Sponsors on advertising, informational, and business materials. All authorized Sponsors should review this Policy carefully to ensure that all uses of the Sponsor Mark conform to the Policy requirements.

B. PTCB Sponsor Mark.

1. Mark Ownership.

The following PTCB Sponsor Mark related to the PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program is owned and controlled by PTCB:

PTCB retains all trademark and other ownership rights related to the PTCB Sponsor Mark. PTCB may create and use additional trademarks, as it deems appropriate.

2. Authorized Use of PTCB Sponsor Mark.

PTCB grants limited permission to use the PTCB Sponsor Mark to Certification Sponsors in good standing. Consistent with applicable law and organizational policies, PTCB will ensure that the Sponsor Mark is displayed and otherwise used properly, as such use represents participation in the PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program to the public.

3. Prohibited Use of PTCB Trademarks and Certification Marks.

Permission by PTCB to use the PTCB Sponsor Mark does not include authorization to use any PTCB Trademarks or Certification Marks, which are identified in Sections I and II of this Policy.

4. Organizations Authorized to Use PTCB Sponsor Mark/ Certification Sponsor Responsibilities.

Use of the Sponsor Mark is limited strictly to those organizations that are PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program participants in good standing. PTCB will not be liable or otherwise responsible for any claims, complaints, suits, or damages whatsoever, relating to a Sponsor’s use or display of a Sponsor Mark.

The Sponsor accepts and assumes sole responsibility for understanding and satisfying all applicable organizational and legal requirements related to the use and display of the Sponsor Mark. Among other requirements, each Sponsor is responsible for ensuring that the use of the Sponsor Mark on print and electronic advertising, informational, and business-related materials (e.g., advertisements, brochures, Internet websites, and signs) is consistent with this Policy, and is not in conflict with applicable laws. PTCB assumes no responsibility concerning the interpretation or application of such legal requirements.

PTCB Sponsors are prohibited from making any public statement or representation related to the Certification Sponsorship Program that brings PTCB into disrepute, that is materially false, or that is otherwise contrary to the interests of PTCB.

5. Non-Assignability and Non-Transferability of PTCB Sponsor Mark.

Permission to use the PTCB Sponsor Mark is limited to the current PTCB Sponsor, and may not be transferred to, assigned to, or otherwise used by, any other individual, organization, business, or entity. 

6. Proper Use and Appearance of PTCB Sponsor Mark.

Each Sponsor may use the Sponsor Mark on advertising, informational, and business-related materials, consistent with the following rules: 

a. Proper Use. Each Sponsor must use the Sponsor Mark only in conjunction with the organization’s name. The Sponsor Mark may not be positioned, displayed, or used in a manner which may lead the public to believe that the organization is approved or otherwise endorsed by PTCB.

b. Proper Appearance. The Sponsor Mark must be associated only with the Sponsor. Additionally, the Sponsor Mark must always be used in its entirety, and must always appear with the appropriate subscript/superscript trademark ownership symbol, “®” or “™.”

With respect to other affiliation marks and/or logos, the PTCB Sponsor Mark may be located near these other marks or logos, but must remain separate and distinct so as to avoid the appearance that other marks, credentials, designations, or organizations are associated with, or endorsed by, PTCB.

c. Example of Proper Use and Appearance. Proper use and appearance of the Sponsor Mark includes the following example.

XYZ Pharmacy
PTCB Certification Program Sponsor

Any questions concerning the proper use of the PTCB Sponsor Mark should be submitted in writing to the PTCB Associate Executive Director at the following email address, contact@ptcb.org, or by mail at the following mailing address, 2215 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20037.

7. Non-Interference with Use of Sponsor Mark by Other Sponsors.

A Sponsor may not prohibit, restrict, or otherwise limit the authorized and appropriate use of the Sponsor Mark by another Sponsor.

8. Policy Violations and Related Matters.

PTBC reserves, and may use, any and all remedies available under applicable laws and organizational policies to protect the PTCB Sponsor Mark. Infringement or other misuse of the PTCB Sponsor Mark will be challenged. Sponsors are required to cooperate fully in the review and resolution of such matters.

Following receipt of information that an inappropriate or unauthorized use of the Sponsor Mark may have occurred, PTCB will determine if responsive action(s) will be taken consistent with this Policy and applicable laws. 

9. Sanctions Related to Mark Misuse By a Certification Sponsor or Applicant

All mark misuse complaints and other matters concerning potential violations of this Policy by a Certification Sponsor, or an applicant seeking to participate in the Certification Sponsorship Program, will be reviewed and resolved by the PTCB Associate Executive Director, or his/her designee. If, after notice and a fair opportunity to respond, the Associate Executive Director determines that a Sponsor or applicant has violated the terms of this Policy, PTCB reserves the right to issue sanctions and/or other appropriate corrective actions, including but not limited to: termination from the PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program; or, rejection of the applicant’s PTCB Certification Sponsorship Program application. A Sponsor or applicant may request an informal review of an adverse decision by submitting a written request for review to PTCB.

In addition, PTCB may refer cases of mark misuse, infringement, or other similar matters to appropriate government agencies, or other organizations, or may initiate legal action. 

10. Policy Violation Actions Concerning Third Parties.

Following the receipt of information indicating that the PTCB Sponsor Mark may have been used without authorization or inappropriately by a third party individual, organization, or company, PTCB will determine if responsive action(s) will be taken consistent with PTCB policies and applicable laws.