Some uses of UC trademarks may not require prior approval from UC’s Office of Trademarks & Licensing, including:
Use of UC’s name or other trademarks in connection with news reporting and other fair uses that do not undermine UC’s rights to its trademarks. These editorial or communication types of use should be approved by the associate vice president for public relations, or the office of Governmental Relations and University Communications. For similar uses of athletic trademarks, approval should be obtained from the senior associate director of Athletics or the assistant director of Athletics for sports communications.
All uses of UC’s trademarks on products require prior approval from the Office of Trademarks & Licensing, even if the proposed uses do not involve the sale of a product; e.g., promotional items for conferences or meetings, items for fundraisers, items for giveaways, gifts, etc.
UC departments, groups, and registered student organizations may not assign rights or otherwise grant permission to any other entity for use of UC’s trademarks for any purpose without prior review and approval by UC’s Office of Trademarks & Licensing.
All products bearing UC’s trademarks must be purchased from companies licensed by the University of Cincinnati.
There are approximately 250 companies officially licensed by the University of Cincinnati through our agent (the CLC) to manufacture products which bear UC’s trademarks.
UC’s trademarks may not be altered in any way.
UC trademarks may not be used in conjunction with the name or trademark(s) of any other entity without the prior written permission of that entity and the university. If permission is granted by the Office of Trademarks & Licensing to use both UC’s trademark and another party’s trademark, the trademarks must be distinct and separate from each other, and UC’s trademarks must not be overshadowed or diminished in any way in comparison to the other entity’s trademark. Approval of any such dual use of UC’s trademarks will be limited to instances where there is a compelling institutional priority for allowing such a use.
UC trademarks may not be used in any manner that suggests or implies University of Cincinnati’s endorsement of other organizations, companies, products, services, political parties or views, or religious organizations and beliefs.
UC’s trademarks may not be used in any way that discriminates or implies discrimination against any persons or groups based on age, ancestry, belief, color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status, or in any other way that would be a violation of UC’s anti-discrimination policies or practices.
No one other than the University of Cincinnati may claim copyright or trademark rights or seek to register any design that uses University of Cincinnati trademarks.
All uses of UC trademarks on products will incorporate the appropriate trademark designation symbols (i.e. ® or ™).
The University of Cincinnati will not approve the use of UC trademarks in connection with products or designs that present an unacceptable risk of liability or could be harmful to the mission or image of the institution. Some of these include, but are not limited to the following:
Any and all uses of the names, numbers, and/or images of UC student athletes must comply with university policies and NCAA regulations. Questions should be directed to the director of trademarks & licensing, who will consult as appropriate with UC Athletics.
1. Begin the process early to allow sufficient time for review.
2. Complete the internal request describing the project, the design you want to use, as well as the vendor you want to produce the items (UC Licensing Internal Request Form).
3. E-mail the completed request form, artwork intended for use, and a quote from the vendor to Linda Schoenhoft at email@example.com to begin the review process.
4. After the review has been completed, we will e-mail a scanned copy of the form to the requestor and vendor contact confirming if it has been approved as shown, if any changes are required, or if the request has been denied along with an explanation.
Approval to use a UC trademark (for example on a t-shirt) does not constitute approval to use the trademark again, or in connection with any other item, or to change the design in any way, without seeking additional approval.
After a full review through the university's decision-making and governance process, the Use of University Trademarks for Internal Consumption policy has been approved and is effective as of November 5, 2010.
This policy can be viewed at the following link for Financial Policies under the Division of Administration and Finance: Use of University Trademarks for Internal Consumption.
In instances where there is uncertainty regarding the appropriate use of any UC trademarks, the director of trademarks & licensing will consult as needed with the senior associate vice president for Campus Services, the associate vice president of public relations, the associate vice president for Governmental Relations and University Communications, and/or UC’s Office of General Counsel. The University of Cincinnati reserves the right to disapprove any use of its trademarks, even if such use is not explicitly prohibited by these guidelines.
Approval to use a UC trademark for any project does not constitute approval to use the trademark again, or in connection with any other item, or to change the design in any way, without seeking additional approval.
After a full review through the university's decision-making and governance process, the Use of University Trademarks Related to Sponsorships policy has been approved and is effective as of November 1, 2011.
This policy can be viewed at the following link for Financial Policies under the Division of Administration and Finance: Use of University Marks Related to Sponsorships.
The University of Cincinnati reserves the right to disapprove any use of its trademarks, even if such use is not explicitly prohibited by these guidelines.
For further information or assistance, contact the University of Cincinnati’s Office of Trademarks & Licensing at 513-556-5072.