Handle.Net Trademark Use
When can I use the HANDLE.NET, HDL.NET and HDL marks?
HANDLE.NET, HDL.NET and HDL are trademarks of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives ("CNRI"). You may use the HDL mark when referring to your identifiers and related identifier and/or resolution services using prefixes (or their functional equivalent) that are authorized by CNRI. The marks HANDLE.NET and HDL.NET may only be used when referring to the identifier, registration and/or resolution services offered by CNRI or its authorized trademark licensees. (Note that HANDLE SYSTEM, GLOBAL HANDLE REGISTRY and GHR are trademarks owned by the DONA Foundation.)
None of these marks should be used by themselves to refer generically to identifiers for publicly available digital information systems and related identifier, registration and/or resolution services. Rather, they should be used as adjectives to describe the identifier, registration and/or resolution services offered by CNRI or its authorized trademark licensees.
Can I use the HANDLE.NET, HDL.NET or HDL marks for any other purpose?
The marks may only be used as such when referring to services offered by CNRI or its authorized trademark licensees. Using any of these marks to refer to services offered by other parties may result in trademark infringement or other violations of law.
How should the registered marks appear?
These marks should appear in unique stylization, and/or a different color from the other text to highlight their trademark significance. The preferred format is to use all capital letters, or at least initial capital letters. These marks are federally registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Accordingly, the ® symbol should be used with them, such as "HANDLE.NET® services are available to Internet users around the world".
How should I indicate CNRI's ownership of the registered marks?
At the bottom of the page or the end of the promotional material on which the marks appear you should include the following statement: "HANDLE.NET® is a trademark of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives."
What should I do if I become aware of another's misuse of the HANDLE.NET, HDL.NET or HDL marks?
If you become aware of potential misuse of any of these marks, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the HNR Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.