AIFD® Protecting Trademark

Focused on protecting the registered trademarks of AIFD, and recognizing the value it brings to each member in good standing as well as to a CFD® (Certified Floral Designer) in terms of the “CFD” designation, on the recommendation of AIFD’s legal counsel, a new policy has been initiated governing the members rights to use the trademarks “AIFD” and “CFD.”

That policy reads that the right to use the registered Trademarks of AIFD is a privilege of membership. During the Term of membership and/or certification, AIFD grants a non-exclusive royalty-free license to each Member and Certified Floral Designer to use the appropriate Trademarks in association with each Member’s floral business solely as set forth in AIFD’s trademark guidelines (as part of the member’s name). All proprietary rights and use of the Trademarks by Members and the goodwill associated therewith inures to the benefit of AIFD, and each Member acknowledges and agrees that he or she has no right, title or interest in and to the Trademarks in any form or embodiment thereof and shall not acquire such rights based on its use of the Trademarks.

If, by operation of law, or otherwise, a Member is deemed to, or appears to, own any property rights in the Trademarks, that Member shall, at AIFD’s request, execute any and all documents necessary to confirm or otherwise establish AIFD’s rights therein.

Each Member shall not at any time during or after the Membership Term take any action which may adversely affect the Trademarks or in denigration of AIFD’s rights to the Trademarks. Except as set forth herein, AIFD does not grant any Member any rights in or the use of the Trademarks.

As a condition of accepting membership in AIFD, each Member agrees that he or she shall not use the Trademarks in any manner inconsistent with the trademark guidelines without the prior written approval of AIFD. Each Member’s rights to use the Trademarks terminates when membership has expired or terminated, and each Member acknowledges and agrees that as of the membership expiration or termination date, it shall remove all Trademarks from every location in which the Trademarks appear. During the Membership Term, in its sole discretion, AIFD may prosecute any use of the Trademarks by any Member which is inconsistent with the trademark guidelines. During or after the Membership Term, in its sole discretion, AIFD may prosecute any unauthorized use or reproduction of the Trademarks by any Member.

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