N-Mark FAQs

N-Mark FAQs2019-10-15T13:50:56+00:00
Have you an example N mark that I can show to managers how it works – for instance and N mark to this website?2020-03-17T13:57:12+00:00

You may find more information about the N-Mark on our FAQ’s here: https://nfc-forum.org/faq/n-mark-faqs/

In our device we use a NFC Tag. We use a NXP chip compliant with Tag class 2. On the tag itself we have an NDEF Secition which is accesible without password and an section for sensor configuration – like thresholds, intervals and other sensor related configuration. The configuration section is binary – in our own format and outside the NDEF frame. Are we compliant with License Agreement and can use the N-Mark on this product?2019-10-28T14:07:39+00:00

Thank you for your inquiry. You can use the N-Mark as long as you sign and agree to the License Agreement: https://nfc-forum.org/n-mark-license-agreement/

On an NFC-enabled device, such as a mobile phone, or consumer electronics, the N-Mark is used as a touchpoint to identify the position on the device where the user can align it with an NFC tag or with another NFC device to enable an NFC interaction.

To confirm if your product is in compliance, we would recommend getting your product certified. You can find more information about certification here: https://nfc-forum.org/certification-program-overview/

For further inquiries, you can contact us at [email protected]

I want to use the N-Mark as an indicator of NFC functionality in software. Do I still need to complete the N-Mark Trademark License Agreement?2019-08-14T15:16:15+00:00

Yes, the N-Mark should be displayed in system-level and application software of NFC-enabled devices.  Uses of the N-Mark in software include:

* In the Graphical User Interface (GUI) to indicate if NFC technology is on or off.

* As an NFC touchpoint, in a GUI if the screen can act as an antenna.

* In system settings dialogues and other device-specific low-level software related to the NFC functionality of an NFC-enabled device.

* In pre-installed or user-installed application software programs that support NFC technology.

The N-Mark may only be displayed in the GUI of an NFC-enabled device where NFC technology is supported.  To indicate that a device is NFC-enabled, the N-Mark should be placed in a menu next to the switch or button to turn NFC technology on and off.

Learn more by reading the NFC Forum N-Mark Usage Guidelines, page 19 titled, “Suggestions for use in Software”.

My company has already signed the N-Mark License Agreement, but I lost the N-Mark files. How can I get another copy?2019-08-14T15:15:45+00:00

Yes, if you have signed the N-Mark License Agreement, you can obtain another copy of the N-Mark files. Send an email to [email protected] to obtain another copy of the N-Mark asset files.

I want to use the N-Mark in educational material or a presentation. Do I still need to complete the N-Mark Trademark License Agreement?2019-08-14T15:15:21+00:00

Yes, in order to utilize the NFC Forum N-Mark you must read, review and sign the N-Mark License Agreement.  The N-Mark Usage Guidelines explain how to properly use the N-Mark wherever it appears, including marketing materials, packaging, advertising, software, on NFC-enabled products, and NFC touchpoints.

My company needs verification from the NFC Forum to prove that we have completed signing the N-Mark License Agreement online. How can I get this verification?2019-08-14T15:15:00+00:00

Once you sign the N-Mark License Agreement you will receive a confirmation email that the NFC Forum has received your signed agreement. Once you receive the confirmation email, please review the NFC Forum N-Mark Usage Guidelines document and then proceed to download and utilize the N-Mark asset files accordingly.

If we want to put the N-Mark on our product, but the product may be produced and sold by subsidiaries, who needs to sign the Agreement? Do all subsidiaries selling products with the N-Mark have to complete the Agreement?2019-08-14T15:13:58+00:00

Each subsidiary or manufacturer that plans to utilize the NFC Forum N-Mark on their product or software must read, review and sign the N-Mark License Agreement.

My company completed the N-Mark Trademark License Agreement, but now we want to use the N-Mark in a different way. Do we need to sign an additional Agreement for the new use?2019-08-14T15:13:14+00:00

Yes, as the N-Mark License agreement includes questions such as the type of technology that will be used and where the N-Mark will appear. For each unique usage of the N-Mark you must sign a new License Agreement.

How will I know if I have successfully completed the N-Mark Trademark License Agreement?2019-08-14T15:12:37+00:00

Once you sign the N-Mark Trademark License agreement you will receive a confirmation email from the NFC Forum.  Upon receiving the confirmation email, please review the N-Mark Usage Guidelines document and then utilize the N-Mark asset files accordingly.

Do I need to include the “TM” with the N-Mark on my product?2019-08-14T15:12:11+00:00

The N-Mark symbol is a trademark.  By adhering to the N-Mark Usage Guidelines you will maintain the integrity of the N-Mark.  In jurisdictions where the N-Mark is registered, the N-Mark must always be accompanied by the registered trademark ® symbol. Elsewhere, it must appear with the trademark ™ symbol. If you employ the N-Mark in both registered and unregistered jurisdictions, use of the ™ symbol is permitted, unless otherwise advised by the NFC Forum.  When the N-Mark is displayed on a product or the packaging or label of a product, position the ® or ™ symbol to the upper right of the N-Mark in a size visible to the naked eye.  If the N-Mark is smaller than 5mm in height, or if the means of display makes it infeasible to render the ™ or ® symbol legibly, the ™ or ® may be omitted.

What is the N-Mark?2019-08-14T15:11:09+00:00

The N-Mark is the brand identity/logo for NFC technology. It is the most visible and identifiable symbol of NFC technology and should be treated with care. The N-Mark must always be reproduced exactly as specified in the NFC Forum N-Mark Usage Guidelines document. It should not be altered or recreated in any way.

Do I have to be a member of the NFC Forum to use the N-Mark?2019-08-14T15:09:51+00:00

You do not have to be a member of the NFC Forum to use the N-Mark. However, as an advocate of NFC technology we do encourage you to consider joining the NFC Forum. Click here to learn more about NFC Forum membership.

Why should I use the N-Mark?2019-08-14T15:09:04+00:00

The NFC Forum N-Mark is the most identifiable symbol of NFC technology, using it correctly and consistently will strengthen consumer awareness and add value to your brands and solutions

Does my product have to be NFC Forum Certified to use the N-Mark?2019-08-14T15:05:39+00:00

NFC Forum Certification of your product is not required to use the N-Mark. However, we do encourage certification in order to ensure product integrity, interoperability, quality and performance. Learn more about the NFC Forum Certification Program – click here.