Frequently Asked Questions
What is a trademark?
A trademark is a word, name, phrase, symbol or any combination thereof that identifies and distinguishes goods or services of one party from those of others. A trademark is a brand name. Rights in trademarks arise as a result of the use of the marks in commerce to identify the source or origin of goods and services. In addition, a trademark remains the property of the owner so long as the owner continues to use it properly and protects its authenticity as a trademark.
What qualifies as a trademark, logo or symbol?
Any mark, name, logo, symbol, nickname, abbreviation, word, mascot, slogan, uniform insignia or landmark that is associated with Dixie State University and is distinguishable from any other university, team or organization.
Who must be licensed?
Any individual or company that wishes to receive Dixie State University’s express permission to use any or all of its trademarks/logos on products or services sold in the marketplace, whether wholesale, retail or online. Other activities, such as some noncommercial use of trademarks/logos, may or may not need to be licensed. Some activity may constitute fair use or free speech so as not to require license. Advice in that regard should be sought from your own legal counsel.
How long does it take to obtain approval from Dixie State University?
A decision on any license request will depend on the nature and extent of the use being applied for, the number of trademarks involved, the number and diversity of products for which the trademark or trademarks will be used, and other possible factors, such as whether DSU believes there is a need to seek legal advice on the application.
What products can be licensed?
Dixie State University will not license activity which it believes would disparage the institution or any of its trademarks, or would be libelous, slanderous, scandalous, offensive, vulgar or constitute an unfair trade practice, or otherwise reflect negatively on Dixie State University. Some activity may constitute fair use or free speech so as not to require license. Advice in that regard should be sought from your own legal counsel.
How can you obtain a licensing application?
You can obtain an application for a License Agreement directly from Learfield Licensing Partners. This application can be downloaded from their website at: www.learfieldlicensing.com.
Does all artwork have to be submitted for approval?
Yes. All art designs must be submitted and approved by Dixie State University’s Creative and Visual Services Department and/or the DSU Collegiate Licensing Director prior to products being produced. Student organizations and university departments must submit an Internal Request Form to the attention of Steve Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email.
How do we use Dixie State University’s Trademarks with other Trademarks (cobranding)?
Any use of Dixie State University marks with other trademarks must be approved by the Dixie State Collegiate Licensing Director, or through a DSU contract.
How much does it cost to become licensed?
The cost for a Standard License Agreement is:
- $100 non-refundable application fee
- 8% royalty fee for Dixie State University products
The cost for a Restricted License Agreement is:
- $75 non-refundable application fee
What is the difference between the Standard License and the Restricted License?
The Standard License is used by companies that desire to produce licensed products for resale to the general public.
The Restricted License is used by companies that desire to only produce licensed products for internal consumption at the selected institution. No products produced under this license agreement may be sold to the general public.
If I am a student or from a department of Dixie State University, do I need to ask permission to use a trademark?
Yes. DSU Student Organizations and Departments must complete and submit the licensing approval form. It is important for Dixie State University to protect the trademarks and controlling their use will maintain their value.
If the product is not going to be resold, does it have to be produced by a licensed vendor?
Yes. All items bearing Dixie State University marks must be produced by a licensed vendor whether they are for resale or not.
Are any requests exempt from royalties?
Generally, items are subject to royalties. However, each request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
What does Dixie State University do if unlicensed merchandise is discovered in the marketplace?
Merchandise produced without authorization may be considered counterfeit or infringing and subject to all available legal remedies.
When am I able to use the trademarks of Dixie State University?
Any trademark which identifies or is associated with Dixie State University may not be used without prior, expressed, written permission from the Collegiate Licensing Director. A questionnaire is available to assist you with providing pertinent information so that your request can be considered.
How long do requests usually take to process?
Typically, the review process is 2-5 business days. Each request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure compliance with Dixie State University policies.
How can I obtain a list of licensees?
A list of licensees can be obtained through Learfield Licensing, LLC, the DSU Public Relations or Purchasing Offices, or the Local Vendors and Licensees page.
Is it acceptable to alter a Dixie State University Trademark?
No. At no time can Dixie State University Trademarks be altered. Altering a mark would hurt its integrity. This would dilute the strength and value of Dixie State University’s marks.