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Licensing and Royalties

Any person, business, or organization desiring to use UI trademarks in any manner and for any purpose must be licensed to do so. UI has contracted with the CLC to issue licenses on its behalf.
  • Licensing Agreements
    Generally, there are several types of licensing agreements:
    • Standard and local licensing agreements for the production of emblematic merchandise to be sold by an individual or company at retail.
    • Restricted licensing agreements for the production of emblematic merchandise for use by a campus organization or department.
    • Crafter licensing agreements for use of the marks on domestic handcrafted items sold to individual consumers via events or direct sales.
    • Promotional use agreements covering the use of marks for an approved limited-duration commercial use.
  • Summary of Licensing Agreements
    Agreement Description Parameters Royalty Rate
    Standard License For production of emblematic merchandise to be sold by an individual or company at retail. Granted to companies that license with more than six institutions
    • Annually renewable.
    • Both licensee and all designs must be pre-approved.
    • Minimum of $1 million in product liability insurance
    • Must sign and abide by CLC Code of Conduct
      10%
      Local License For production of emblematic merchandise to be sold by an individual or company at retail. Granted to companies/individuals that are licensed with five or fewer in Idaho or neighboring state institutions
      • Annually renewable.
      • Both licensee and all designs must be pre-approved.
      • Minimum of $1 million in product liability insurance
      • Must sign and abide by CLC Code of Conduct
        10%
        Restricted License For production of emblematic merchandise for use by a campus organization or department. Products produced under this license must not be sold by the campus department or organization.
        • Products cannot be sold.
        • Annually renewable.
        • Both licensee and all designs must be pre-approved.
        • Minimum of $1 million in product liability insurance
        • Must sign and abide by CLC Code of Conduct
          Royalties waived if can be considered a "uniform"
          Crafter License

          For use of marks on domestic handcrafted items sold to individual consumers via events or direct sales
          • Annually renewable.
          • Both licensee and all designs must be pre-approved.
          • Annual limit of 500 units or $2,500 in sales which ever is lower.
            See royalty structure under the Crafter's License page.
            Promotional License For use of marks for an approved limited-duration commercial use
            • See UI Promotional Use Policy
              Varies
            • Responsible Production

              The UI is committed to conducting its business affairs in a socially responsible and ethical manner. All manufacturers of products bearing UI trademarks must adhere to a Code of Conduct in the manufacture of those products. In addition, UI requires all of its licensees to publicly disclose the names and locations of all factories that manufacture products that bear UI trademarks.

            • Royalties

              Products, including those products sold to a University-owned entity, are generally subject to royalty fees if a UI trademark is utilized. This includes sales to individual customers, sales for fund-raising projects, sales of items carrying a commercial message or sponsor, items used as promotional marketing tools for an event, and items given at conferences/workshops/clinics. The current standard royalty rate is 10%. The inclusion of a corporate name or “sponsor” will require payment of promotional royalties (currently 12%). These guidelines are usually sufficient to determine royalty/non-royalty bearing use. However, each request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

            • Royalty Exemptions
              • UI concurs in the basic concept that no user of its marks should be exempt from its licensing program and will make good faith efforts to follow this premise.
              • UI reserves the right to grant exemptions to any user, if circumstances warrant that it would be in the best interests of UI to do so. The director of Trademark and Licensing will make any exemption decision.
              • Specific rules apply to use of marks for internal use (see specific policy section for campus departments, clubs and organizations).
              • Original artwork sold for individual display shall not require licensing (i.e. painting to be framed or individually-produced sculptures); however notecards, posters or art prints bearing UI marks or images are not exempt.
              • Printed programs for athletic and special events on campus are not subject to licensing regardless of whether they are given away or sold.
            • Officially Licensed Vendors.

              Only an Officially Licensed Vendor may produce merchandise bearing University trademarks. For a list of officially licensed vendors, please contact the UITL.