Licensing & Trademarks

Tarleton State University’s name and logos reflect the passion of alumni, students, faculty, and fans. Rich in history, the university must protect the integrity of the marks that represent it … the Tarleton State brand.


Why It’s Important

Why It’s Important

Protecting the brand preserves the university’s image and reputation, and owning the rights to the registered marks brings royalty revenue for scholarships, operational funds, and presidential projects. Not protecting registered trademarks through Branding Guidelines puts those marks in danger of falling into the public domain, resulting in significant revenue loss and possibly harmful misuse.

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Branding Guide

What is Brand?

The Brand Guide located at Brand Central is your go-to for tools and resources to consistently, clearly and correctly represent and grow the Tarleton State brand.

Business Suite

Business Suite

The Business Suite located at Brand Central offers business cards, letterhead, note cards, PowerPoint templates, e-mail signatures and name tags. The Marketing and Communications Department has coordinated the business suite products in a manner that keeps our brand consistent across a wide range of communication and correspondence.

I Am A Tarleton State Fan

Purchase: Retail

  • Texans Campus Store – 1452 W. Jones St., Stephenville, TX
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
    • 326 Interstate 20 Frontage Rd., Weatherford, TX
    • 12700 South Fwy., Burleson, TX
  • Apos Western Wear & Boutique – 110 N. Caddo St., Cleburne, TX
  • Barefoot Campus Outfitter – 1296 W. Washington St., Stephenville, TX
  • Chick Elms – 1693 W. South Loop/1695 W. South Loop, Stephenville, TX
  • Doug’s Sports House – 120 N. Crockett St., Granbury, TX
  • Fanatics
  • HYO Silver – 315 11th St., Bandera, TX
  • Last Stand Hats
  • Rally House
    • 309 Curtis Mathes Way Ste. 117, Arlington, TX
    • 1121 N. Burleson Blvd., Burleson, TX
    • 1800 S. Loop 288 Ste. 320, Denton, TX
    • 2800 State Highway 121 Ste. 500, Euless, TX
    • 6060 Long Prairie Rd. Ste. 400E, Flower Mound, TX
    • 4922 Overton Ridge Blvd., Fort Worth, TX
    • 2301 Porter Creek Dr. Ste. 225, Fort Worth, TX
    • 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy. Ste. 223, Grapevine, TX
    • 829 NE Mall Blvd., Hurst, TX
    • 2041 US 287 Ste. 609, Mansfield, TX
    • 280 State St. Ste. 280, Southlake, TX
    • 2420 W. Loop 340, Waco, TX
  • Saddle Rags – 3021 W. Washington St., Stephenville, TX
  • San Jose Jewelers – 24 A LaSalle Ave., Waco, TX
  • SCHEELS – 4450 Destination Dr., The Colony, TX
  • Trevco
  • Wal-Mart – 2765 W. Washington St., Stephenville, TX

I Am A Faculty/Staff Member

Purchase: Faculty/Staff

Step 1: Choose a Licensed Vendor

Find licensed vendors at: https://clc.com/license-search/

CLC licensee search query
CLC licensee search query

Common Merchandise Product Categories:

Banners

Signage Products – Flags/Banners

Candy

Consumables – Non-Chocolate/Sugar Confections

Lanyards

Gifts & Novelties – Miscellaneous – Lanyards

Notepads

Stationary – Notepads

Pens/Pencils

School Supplies – Writing Instruments

Polo Shirts

Men’s Fashion Apparel – Men’s Golf/Polo Shirts

Women’s Fashion Tops – Women’s Golf/Polo Shirts (non-performance)

Stickers

Stationary – Stickers/Labels

Signs

Signage Products – Signs

T-shirts

Men’s/Unisex T-shirts – Men’s/Unisex T-shirts (short sleeve-blend)

Men’s/Unisex T-shirts – Men’s/Unisex T-shirts (short sleeve-cotton)

Men’s/Unisex T-shirts – Men’s/Unisex T-shirts (short sleeve-synthetic)

Table Cloths

Domestics – Linens

Tumblers

Drinkware – Plastic Double Wall Tumbler

Drinkware – Plastic Single Wall Tumbler

Drinkware – Plastic Stainless Steel Tumbler

Step 2: Choose your mark

University Logo Marks

Departments are encouraged to use official Tarleton State logos when applicable. Find information about logo use in the Branding Guidelines.

Unit Marks

All colleges and university departments have distinguishing marks created by the Marketing and Communications Department on request. Unit marks are approved for promotional materials, table covers and other internally distributed items where it is important to distinguish one campus unit from another.

Merchandise Marks

If your mark will not fit on the merchandise, Licensing can provide a Merchandise Mark.

Note: Marks can only be requested by a department head or with their attached approval.

Step 3: Obtain an art proof from the licensed vendor

Have the licensed vendor provide you with a .jpg, .png or .pdf version of the design in question.

Step 4: Submit your merchandise request form with art proof

Step 5: Receive e-mail approval from Licensing

Forms will be reviewed within 48 hours. Allow at least a week to start on an apparel/merchandise project so a vendor can price, source and decorate items.

Step 6: Order merchandise

An approved merchandise request is the green light to order.

I Am A Student Club/Organization

Purchase: Student Club/Organization

Step 1: Choose a licensed vendor

Find licensed vendors at: https://clc.com/license-search/

CLC licensee search query
CLC licensee search query

Common Merchandise Product Categories:

Banners

Signage Products – Flags/Banners

Candy

Consumables – Non-Chocolate/Sugar Confections

Lanyards

Gifts & Novelties – Miscellaneous – Lanyards

Notepads

Stationary – Notepads

Pens/Pencils

School Supplies – Writing Instruments

Polo Shirts

Men’s Fashion Apparel – Men’s Golf/Polo Shirts

Women’s Fashion Tops – Women’s Golf/Polo Shirts (non-performance)

Stickers

Stationary – Stickers/Labels

Signs

Signage Products – Signs

T-shirts

Men’s/Unisex T-shirts – Men’s/Unisex T-shirts (short sleeve-blend)

Men’s/Unisex T-shirts – Men’s/Unisex T-shirts (short sleeve-cotton)

Men’s/Unisex T-shirts – Men’s/Unisex T-shirts (short sleeve-synthetic)

Table Cloths

Domestics – Linens

Tumblers

Drinkware – Plastic Double Wall Tumbler

Drinkware – Plastic Single Wall Tumbler

Drinkware – Plastic Stainless Steel Tumbler

Step 2: Choose your mark

Student organizations that need assistance creating a design should contact a licensed vendor or Student Engagement & Success Marketing. Direct logo and design questions should be directed to [email protected]. All logos bearing the Tarleton State name/image/likeness must follow our Branding Guidelines. For assistance with student organization logo use, contact Kei Bermea [email protected].

Club Sports

Prior to ordering items, Tarleton State club sports teams must contact the Club Sports Coordinator for approval. Policies regarding logo use can be found in the Branding Guidelines.

Club sports teams that have an NCAA counterpart must use “Club” or something similar on all items, including but not limited to jerseys, promotional pieces, travel gear and marketing, advertising and social media accounts.

RSO Name Guidelines

Student Organization Identity Guidelines
Student organizations are able to identify with Tarleton State University subject to the following guidelines:
• The student organization has RSO status. The RSO should not be confused with a university department, program or initiative; and
• The student organization identity does not interfere with the integrity of Tarleton State University’s trademarks or intellectual property

Student Organization Names
Registered student organizations including club sports may use the Tarleton State name so long as there is a distinction demonstrating the group’s status as a separate entity from Tarleton State University. The name must identify the organization as a student-based organization, and not a Tarleton State University department, program or initiative.

An RSO may choose one of the following:
• Include “at Tarleton State” after the name (e.g. Chess at Tarleton State)
• Include “Club,” “Students for …,” “Chapter,” “Association,” “Society,” “Fraternity,” “Sorority” or “Organization (e.g., Tarleton State Chess Club, Tarleton State Student Gymnastics, Tarleton State Archery Society) NOTE: “Tarleton State” is preferred over “Tarleton” if there is space to do so.

Use of the Word “Team”
To prevent giving the false impression that Tarleton State officially has launched a particular athletics program, “Team” can only be included in the name if there is not an NCAA equivalent. If there is, “Club” or another separating word must be used in place of or in conjunction with “Team.” Email [email protected] to confirm if a sport or event is NCAA sanctioned. Send the confirmation to [email protected].
• e.g., NCAA: Tarleton State Women’s Soccer Club, Tarleton State Club Tennis, Tarleton State Lacrosse Club Team
• e.g., not NCAA: Tarleton State Rodeo Team, Tarleton State Meats Judging Team

Use of the Word “Texan(s)”
Student organizations may use the word “Texan(s)” in their organization name, but it may not be formed in a way that could be construed that the university has taken an official position. Neither Tarleton State nor Texan(s) can be used in an inclusive way to suggest that all Tarleton State students/employees partake or agree.
• Acceptable: Texan Republican Club, Texan Knitting Organization
• NOT Acceptable: Texans for (political candidate), Knitting Texans

Recreation Sports Names
If a Rec Sports team opts not to use “at Tarleton State” or a separating word like “Club,” or “Intramural,” they are permitted to use “Texan” before their sport name.
• e.g., Texan Ultimate Frisbee, Texan Flag Football

All names must be approved by the office of Licensing and Trademarks. Abuse of this policy (e.g. poor representation of Tarleton State University, and/or failure to follow branding guidelines and policy in obtaining permission to use university marks) could result in disciplinary action and removal of “Tarleton” or “Texan(s)” from club name.

Step 3: Obtain an art proof from the licensed vendor

Have the licensed vendor provide you with a .jpg, .png or .pdf version of the design in question.

Step 4: Submit your merchandise request form in TexanSync with art proof

Step 5: Receive e-mail approval from Licensing

Forms will be reviewed within 48 hours. Allow at least a week to start on an apparel/merchandise project so a vendor can price, source and decorate items. Contact your group’s adviser for assistance.

Step 6: Order merchandise

An approved merchandise request is the green light to order.

Standard License

Licensing Administration

Collegiate Licensing Co. (CLC) is Tarleton State’s primary licensing agent, responsible for processing license applications, collecting royalty payments and enforcing trademark infractions. All Tarleton State licensees must disclose to CLC detailed information about locations where their merchandise is produced.

To become a licensed vendor, go to https://clc.com/home/get-licensed/.

Standard License

Companies and individuals who want to sell retail should apply for a Retail License through CLC. The royalty rate for the Retail Tarleton State license is 14% with an advance fee of $100 for both apparel and non-apparel goods. Retail licensees are also able to fulfill internal Tarleton State orders, which do not incur royalty charges. The licensing process can take a couple of months and is very thorough. Direct questions to [email protected].

Internal License

Licensing Administration

Collegiate Licensing Co. (CLC) is Tarleton State’s primary licensing agent, responsible for processing license applications, collecting royalty payments and enforcing trademark infractions. All Tarleton State licensees must disclose to CLC detailed information about locations where their merchandise is produced.

To become a licensed vendor, go to https://clc.com/home/get-licensed/.

Internal License

Companies and individuals who want to sell their product exclusively to campus groups such as academic units, university departments and registered student organizations — and do not produce items to be sold retail — should apply for an internal license. There is no royalty charged for internal Tarleton State orders and there is an advance fee of $100 for both apparel and non-apparel goods. Internal licenses are subject to review by Tarleton State’s Manager of Licensing and Trademarks. Special consideration goes to historically underrepresented businesses (System Policy 25.06, System Regulation 25.06.01 and Tarleton State Rule 25.06.01.T1). Direct questions to [email protected].

Crafter’s License

Community Connect – Crafter’s License

A crafter’s license is available to individuals who make items at home or in small quantities to be sold at craft fairs and farmers’ markets or online through etsy.com, Facebook, Instagram, etc. The maximum annual sales allowed for the Crafter’s license is $2,500–any sales beyond that amount will require the licensee to apply for the Standard license in order to continue selling branded merchandise. There is no royalty charge for the Crafter’s program, but there is a $20/month charge that is paid upfront and pro-rated by calendar year. The licensing process can take three weeks. Apply for this license by creating an account and submitting an application on the Community Connect Portal.

Contact [email protected] with any questions or difficulties, or reach out to [email protected].

Bakery License

Bakery License

Tarleton State has a Bakery License for goods bearing Tarleton State’s name/image/likeness. The royalty rate is 12% with a $25 advance fee. The application process can take up to six weeks. The link to apply can be found at: https://clc.com/home/get-licensed/ Please select the “BAKE-TAR” option when applying. Direct questions to [email protected].

Partnering With Tarleton State

Partnering with Tarleton State

Tarleton State University partners with organizations and businesses through licensing directives, sponsorships, in-kind agreements, donations and community involvement. Any business or organization that appropriates the university’s name, trademarks and/or images will need a partnership with the university.

Each partnership is unique and requires a written agreement. Rights granted under the agreement depend on whether the business is a sponsor, donor, licensee or vendor.

Questions? Contact the Office of Licensing and Trademarks at 254-968-9553 or [email protected].
To partner with the university, call the Business Development Office at 254-968-1840.
To partner in athletics, call the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at 254-968-0551.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a trademark?

A trademark is a word, name, phrase, symbol or any combination that distinguishes goods or services of one party from those of another. A trademark is a brand name. Rights in trademarks arise from using the marks in commerce to identify the source or origin of goods or services. A trademark remains the property of the owner so long as the owner uses it correctly and protects its authenticity as a trademark.

What qualifies as a Tarleton State trademark, logo or symbol?

It can be any name, nickname, abbreviation, word, mascot, slogan, uniform insignia or landmark associated with the university and distinguishable from any other university, team or organization.

Who must be licensed?

Any individual or company if it wants Tarleton State’s permission to use its trademarks/logos on products or for services whether wholesale, retail or online. Other activities, such as some noncommercial use of trademarks/logos, may not need to be licensed. Activity that constitutes fair use or free speech does not require a license. Seek legal counsel.

How long does it take to obtain approval?

That depends on the nature and extent of the use being requested, the number of trademarks involved, the number and diversity of products for which the trademark or trademarks will be used, and possibly other factors, such as whether the university sees a need for legal advice. In most cases an answer will be provided in 30 days or less.

What products can be licensed?

Tarleton State University will not license activity that it believes reflects negatively on the university or any of its trademarks, or would be libelous, slanderous, scandalous, offensive, vulgar or constitute an unfair trade practice. Products that include weapons, sexually suggestive statements, profanity or politically charged language will never be licensed.

How can you obtain a licensing application?

Apply for a license agreement directly from CLC.

Does all artwork have to be approved?

Yes, through Brand Manager 360 or sent to [email protected].

How can Tarleton State’s trademarks be used with other trademarks (co-branding)?

Any use of university marks with others must be approved by CLC and the Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications (or designee).

Does a student or department need permission to use a trademark?

Yes. Student organizations and university departments must complete the licensing approval form.

If a product is not going to be resold, must it be produced by a licensed vendor?

Yes.

Are any requests exempt from royalties?

While internal requests are typically royalty-exempt, requests are reviewed case by case with determination made as outlined in Tarleton State Standard Administrative Procedure 09.02.99.T0.T1 (Licensing and Use of University Name, Logos, and Trademarks).

How does Tarleton State respond if unlicensed merchandise is discovered in the marketplace?

The merchandise may be considered counterfeit or infringing and subject to legal recourse.

When am I able to use Tarleton State trademarks?

Any trademark associated with Tarleton State may not be used without written permission from the Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications. A detailed written description of the mark’s use and all pertinent information must be provided.

How long do requests take to process?

Typically, up to seven business days.

Where can I obtain a list of licensees?

Is it acceptable to alter a Tarleton State trademark?

No. A single improper use does not invalidate a trademark, but repeated misuse likely demands a legal response.

Contact

Contact Licensing & Trademarks

Lindsay Hope 9918

Lindsay Hope

Manager of Trademarks & Licensing

Office: Admin 146

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 254-968-9553