This is for Nick
If you have his ear send him here.
Today I attended a seminar on infrared cameras and mould dogs.
Exchanged business cards with the mould dog owner and he had CMI after his name. I asked him if he was a NACHI member. No he was not. What does CMI stand for?
“Certified Mold Inspector”
If memory serves me right Nick registered CMI in Canada and I believe the US. If so then Nick you have something to sort out.
The National Association of Mold Professionals are using CMI for people they are certifying.
If they have the rights to CMI then NACHI must abandoned it’s usage. If NACHI has the exclusive right to CMI them NACHI must exercise it’s rights and stop unauthorized use of CMI.
If CMI does not belong to NACHI then My CMI is worthless.
This has to be sorted ASAP.
CANADIAN TRADE-MARK DATA
*** Note Data on trade-marks is shown in the official language in which it was submitted.
The database was last updated on: 2006-10-11 APPLICATION NUMBER:
1274564 **REGISTRATION NUMBER: **
not registered STATUS: DEFAULT - SEARCHED **FILED:**2005-10-04 **FORMALIZED:**2005-10-05 APPLICANT: Nick Gromicko
1750 30th Street
Boulder, Colorado, USA 80301
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA REPRESENTATIVE FOR SERVICE: ROY COOKE
46 PINNACLE STREET
ONTARIO K0K 1H0 TRADE-MARK: ** Certified Master Inspector (C.M.I.) ** INDEX HEADINGS: CERTIFIED MASTER INSPECTOR (C.M.I.)
MI (CMI) SERVICES: (1) Professional designation for inspectors who are members of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors of which applicant is both founder and Director. CLAIMS: Used in CANADA since May 01, 1997. ACTIONDATEBFCOMMENTS Filed 04 October 2005
Created 05 October 2005
Formalized 05 October 2005
Correspondence Created 05 October 2005
Missing address in Canada Search Recorded 14 March 2006
Examiner's First Report 21 April 2006 21 August 2006
Default Notice Sent 14 September 2006 14 November 2006 Defaulting Action Date: 2006/04/21
I am not sure what Nachi is prepared to do. You can’t sue them right off the mark, you have to first formerly warn them of infringement. Just as ATTBC has warned inspectors in BC not to use CHI. However to my knowledge no one in Ontario has ever received a formal request to cease using CHI in Ontario. Unless someone know differently. I was supposedly reported but have never rec’d a notice of infringement for CHI from ASTTBC, fwiw.
Also, CMI is somewhat generic. There can be no confusion in my opinion between Nachi and a Mould company. Two different identities or businesses. You have to be able to prove there is confusion in the market place by use of CMI from what I know.
CMI can stand for all sorts of things but the use of it after your name is something that can be registared for exclusive use. If you want to see the s**t fly try putting MD or P.Eng. after your name. The doctors and engineers will be all over you so fast you will wonder what hit you.
Nich has registared CMI and I expect to have exclusive use and the public to be edcutated on what it stands for.
If this is not going to be done what is the point of having the letters after you name.
If anyone can use the letters and have it stand for whatever.
It’s Certified Master Inspector.
Certified Monkey Institution is not acceptable.
Neither is Certified Mold Inspector.
It seems that it is registered as Certified Master Inspector (CMI) so maybe you have to use the whole thing and not just the acronym. I don’t think they would have trademarked an acronym that has so many other usages.
Fwiw, I don’t use CMI, I use CHI. Any descriptive title is only valid if it is a licencing body or enacted under legislation. Self regulating voluntary associations have very little weight with titles they hand out. Titles are a dime a dozen unless enacted by public authorites or legislated by government.