Ruling secures right of CNE certificate holders to continue using global industry credential in Illinois
PROVO, Utah October 8, 1998 Novell has scored another legal victory for computer specialists to use the Certified NetWare (or Novell) Engineer® (CNE®) or Master CNE(SM) titles in Illinois. After hearing an appeal from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, the Appellate Court of Illinois affirmed last year's ruling by the Circuit Court of Cook County that Novell's use of the term "engineer" in its certification titles does not violate Illinois professional engineering laws.
In July 1997, the Circuit Court had reversed a cease and desist order issued by the Department
prohibited any use of "Certified NetWare (or Novell) Engineer" in the state. The Department
the public was confusing the CNE title with the title of "professional engineer." The Circuit Court
disagreed, finding no evidence to support the Department's claim and the Department appealed to
"The Appellate Court's decision confirms what the courts have recognized for many years, that
'engineer' is a generic term covering many types of activities that don't fall within the area of
engineering." said Craig Christensen, associate general counsel for Novell. "Novell has great
professional engineers and the services they provide and we believe the public understands the
between the title 'professional engineer' and such widely accepted titles as 'software engineer,'
support engineer' and the like."
Lacking any evidence of confusion, the Department argued on appeal that the Illinois Professional
Engineering Act prohibits all uses of the term "engineer" by anyone not licensed by the state to
professional engineering, regardless of whether the use is misleading. The Appellate Court
concluding that such an interpretation of the Act would lead to "unjust and absurd" results such as
prosecuting a locomotive engineer for using the term "engineer" in a resume. Instead, the Court
"the Act must be construed as banning only those uses of the title "engineer" that imply licensure
State as a professional engineer" and that Novell's titles do not imply such licensure. Simply put,
certification titles are not misleading the public and do not otherwise violate Illinois law.
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