Certification Marks & Trademarks

The Idaho Potato Commission owns and administrators certification marks and trademarks. These are two closely related but distinctively different types of marks. They are defined this way:

Certification Marks

Certification Mark: shall mean any word, name, symbol or device or any combination thereof: (a) used by a person other than its owner, or (b) which its owner has a bona fide intention to permit a person other than the owner to use in commerce to certify regional or other origin, material, mode or manufacture, quality, accuracy or other characteristics of such person's goods or services.

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Trademarks

Trademark: shall mean 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 and sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods.

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The primary distinction between these two marks is this: IPC owns both, but generally does not use the certification marks itself on potatoes or potato products. Instead, IPC licenses potato growers, packers-shippers, and processors to use the certification marks on potatoes and potato products to certify that these products are from Idaho and meet IPC's quality standards.

IPC's trademarks are used to promote Idaho® potatoes and to increase recognition of IPC's certification marks. IPC's trademarks are used on non-potato products such as hats, coats, brochures, etc.

Only Licensees may have access to download any certification mark or trademark file. Contact Gracie Bingham at (208) 514-4206 or by email at gracie.bingham@potato.idaho.gov for a username and password.