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The National Oilheat Research Alliance and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) are using the term Bioheat® heating oil to describe a mixture of heating oil and Biodiesel. The goal is to develop a uniform name that consumers will understand and recognize. The National Biodiesel Board has licensed the trademark to NORA, so that NORA can make it available to retail and wholesale oil dealers. This licensing is necessary to ensure that the NBB’s trademark is protected and that consumers get a quality biofuel blend. New Trademark Logo Use Guidelines For trademarks which have not yet been registered, such as the new BioHeat logo, always use the trademark symbol TM on the most prominent occurrence. If no one occurrence is more prominent than another, use the trademark symbol TM on at least the first occurrence. Never use the ® registered trademark symbol until the trademark is actually registered. Never modify the Bioheat® heating oil logo trademark. When the new Bioheat® heating oil logo trademark appears in the same materials with other trademarks, footnote the material with the following legend: “The Bioheat® heating oil logo is a trademark of the National Biodiesel Board.” Trademark Use Guidelines Always use the registered trademark symbol ® on the most prominent occurrence. If no one occurrence is more prominent than another; use the registered trademark symbol ® on at least the first occurrence. Never hyphenate or separate the word; nor use unconventional capitalization or otherwise modify the Bioheat® heating oil trademark. Always use the Bioheat® heating oil trademark as an adjective modifying a noun, such as Bioheat® heating oil, or Bioheat® heating oil. When the Bioheat® heating oil trademark appears in the same materials with other trademarks, footnote the material with the following legend: “Bioheat® heating oil is a registered trademark of the National Biodiesel Board.”

 

Process of Trademark: Submitted Agreement by mail, email, or fax; Receive Letter of Notification from NORA (within 30 days of submitting Agreement); Submit a Sample to NORA of how you used Trademark or Logo Quick Links; View the Bioheat® heating oil Agreement; View approved licensees of Bioheat® heating oil; Read the Terminology: What is Bioheat® heating oil? Bioheat® heating oil is the industry-accepted term for any blend of pure Biodiesel with conventional high or low sulfur home heating oil. The heating oil must meet its specification, ASTM D 396 and the Biodiesel must meet its ASTM specification, ASTM D 6751, before blending them together. What is Biodiesel? Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel produced from vegetable oils and animal fats through a chemical reaction and meeting ASTM D 6751. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with heating oil. It can be used in home heating oil systems safely with no modifications to the fuel tanks, pumps or burners in concentrations up to 20% Biodiesel with only minimal precautions (see conditions for use section). For higher Bioheat® heating oil blends than 20% Biodiesel, special precautions are needed (see materials compatibility).Pure Biodiesel is also referred to as B100. In the transportation fuel market where ASTM D 975 is the standard for petroleum-based diesel, Biodiesel blends are designated ‘BXX’, where XX is the volume percent of Biodiesel meeting ASTM D 6751 with conventional petrodiesel. B20, which is 20% Biodiesel and 80% petrodiesel, is a common blend for fleets and buses. The heating oil market is focusing on Bioheat® heating oil, which is a 2 to 20% blend of Biodiesel with heating oil.
 
 
Please Note
 
The National Oilheat Research Alliance and the National Biodiesel Board are using the term Bioheat® heating oil to describe a mixture of heating oil and Biodiesel. 
 

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has licensed the name to NORA, so that NORA could make it available to retail and wholesale oil dealers.  This licensing is necessary to ensure that NBB’s trademark is protected and that consumers get a quality biofuel blend. 

 

Under our license with NBB, we have 30 days to reject applicants.  Once we receive the agreement, we will forward your company name to NBB and begin the 30 day waiting period.

 

Filling out the application is the beginning of the Bioheat® heating oil sublicense process. NORA and the NBB have the right to reject any applicants as they deem necessary. If the sublicense fails to exercise control or to improperly use the term could lead to loss of trademark protection, and could limit our ability to enforce the mark against people who may be blending inferior materials. 
 
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