InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector (CPI)® Federal Certification Mark

 
To use the federally-issued Registered Certification Mark for CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL INSPECTOR CPI®:
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    Certified Professional Inspector CPI® is a United States federally-registered certification trademark. Only an InterNACHI member can say that he/she is a CPI®. 
     
    Members have unlimited access to all of InterNACHI's free, online training and Continuing Education. Learn at your own pace, and when you're ready, you can attain certification (at no additional charge). There are more than 45 additional certifications from which to choose.
     
     

    Trademarks:


    After going through an approval process lasting more than four years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded InterNACHI a federally-issued Registered Certification Mark for CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL INSPECTOR CPI®.
     
    The application for the mark was first filed with the USPTO on October 26, 2005, published for opposition on January 15, 2008, and awarded to InterNACHI on November 24, 2009.  An additional mark was awarded on November 27, 2018.
     
     
    Certified Professional Inspector (CPI)
     
    This mark is registered on the Principal Register at www.uspto.gov.
     
    This description for proper use of the designation is from the USPTO website regarding Certified Professional Inspector CPI®:

    "The certification mark, as used by persons authorized by the certifier, certifies that the inspections of residential and commercial buildings provided have been performed by an inspector who has met the online examination requirements as established by the certifier."
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    Differences Between Trademark Registration on the Supplemental Register and the Principal Register:

    • While a Principal Registration is prima facie evidence of the registrant’s exclusive right to use of the mark, a Supplemental Registration has no such evidentiary effect.
    • While a Principal Registration is constructive notice of claim of ownership so as to eliminate a defense of good faith, a Supplemental Registration has no such effect.
    • While a Principal Registration may become incontestable after five years of registration, a Supplemental Registration can never achieve that evidentiary status.
    • While a Principal Registration can be used as a basis for the Department of the Treasury to stop importations of infringing products into the United States, a Supplemental Registration cannot.
    • While a Principal Registration receives protection as a valid trademark in litigation, a Supplemental Registration will not, prima facie, receive protection as a valid trademark because its very presence on the Supplemental Register indicates a preliminary determination that the mark is not distinctive of the applicant’s goods.
     
    Non-member use:  Stop!  We mean it.
     
    The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors -- InterNACHI -- is a Colorado non-profit, tax-exempt corporation and owns the federally-issued Registered Certification Marks for Certified Professional Inspector CPI®.  Both Trademarks are on the Principal Register.  This is a certification mark used by inspectors who qualify for the designation. Those who have earned the designation often use the abbreviations "CPI" and "C.P.I.," and InterNACHI also claims common-law trademark rights on "CPI" and "C.P.I." within the inspection industry.
     

    If it comes to our attention that you are using "Certified Professional Inspector," "CPI" or "C.P.I." in marketing yourself or your company, be alerted that your use of any of those trademarks is a direct infringement on InterNACHI's ownership, as it can cause confusion in the industry and dilutes InterNACHI's marks.

    In that event, InterNACHI demands that you immediately cease and desist from all use of "Certified Professional Inspector," "CPI" or "C.P.I."  Please remove those references from your website and any printed materials. If you comply with this demand within ten days, InterNACHI will take no further action against you.
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