2017 Florida Statutes
495.011 Definitions.—As used in this chapter:
(1) “Abandoned” applies to a mark when either of the following occurs:
(a) When its use has been discontinued with intent not to resume such use. Intent not to resume use may be inferred from circumstances. Nonuse for 3 consecutive years shall constitute prima facie evidence of abandonment.
(b) When any course of conduct of the owner, including acts of omission or commission, causes the mark to lose its significance as a mark.
(2) “Applicant” means the person filing an application for registration of a mark under this chapter and the legal representatives, successors, or assigns of such person.
(3) “Certification mark” means any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, used by a person other than the owner of the mark 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.
(4) “Collective mark” means a trademark or service mark used by the members of a cooperative, an association, or other collective group or organization, and includes marks used to indicate membership in a union, an association, or other organization.
(5) “Department” means the Florida Department of State or its designee charged with the administration of this chapter.
(6) “Dilution” means the lessening of the capacity of a mark to identify and distinguish goods or services, regardless of the presence or absence of:
(a) Competition between the owner of the mark and other parties.
(b) Likelihood of confusion, mistake, or deception.
(7) “Mark” includes any trademark, service mark, certification mark, or collective mark entitled to registration under this chapter, whether or not registered.
(8) “Person,” and any other word or term used to designate the applicant or other party entitled to a benefit or privilege or rendered liable under the provisions of this chapter, means a juristic person as well as a natural person. “Juristic person” includes a firm, partnership, corporation, union, association, or other organization capable of suing and being sued in a court of law.
(9) “Registrant” means the person to whom the registration of a mark under this chapter is issued and the legal representatives, successors, or assigns of such person.
(10) “Related company” means any person whose use of a mark is controlled by the owner of the mark with respect to the nature and quality of the goods or services on or in connection with which the mark is used.
(11) “Service mark” means any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, used by a person to identify and distinguish the services of such person, including a unique service, from the services of others, and to indicate the source of the services, even if that source is unknown. Titles, character names, and other distinctive features of radio or television programs may be registered as service marks notwithstanding that the person or the programs may advertise the goods of the sponsor.
(12) “Trade name” means any name used by a person to identify a business or vocation of such person.
(13) “Trademark” means any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, used by a person to identify and distinguish the goods of such person, including a unique product, from those manufactured or sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods, even if the source is unknown.
(14) “Use” means the bona fide use of a mark in the ordinary course of trade and not used merely for the purpose of reserving a right in a mark. For purposes of this chapter, a mark is deemed to be in use:
(a) On goods when:
1. The mark is placed in any manner on the goods, their containers or the displays associated therewith, or on the tags or labels affixed thereto, or, if the nature of the goods makes such placement impracticable, on documents associated with the goods or their sale; and
2. The goods are sold or transported in this state.
(b) On services when the mark is used or displayed in the sale or advertising of services and the services are rendered in this state.
History.—s. 1, ch. 67-58; s. 1, ch. 90-222; s. 551, ch. 97-103; s. 2, ch. 2006-191.