According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, “a trademark includes any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination used, or intended to be used, in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods.” View Auburn’s trademarks and brand elements
You should have received an email approving your request with a link to licensees approved to service campus groups. If you lost it, here it is.
No. In the United States, parties are not required to register their marks to obtain protectable rights. You can establish “common law” rights in a mark based solely on use of the mark in commerce, without a registration. However, owning a federal trademark registration on the Principal Register provides a number of significant advantages over common law rights alone, including:
- A legal presumption of your ownership of the mark and your exclusive right to use the mark nationwide on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration (whereas a state registration only provides rights within the borders of that one state, and common law rights exist only for the specific area where the mark is used);
- Public notice of your claim of ownership of the mark;
- Listing in the USPTO’s online databases;
- The right to use the federal registration symbol “® ”;
- The ability to bring an action concerning the mark in federal court; and
- The use of the U.S. registration as a basis to obtain registration in foreign countries.(Information from uspto.gov)
Sometimes a registration in the State of Alabama will be enough to protect the mark for the intended use. For more information about federal trademark registration, including fee structure, click here.
If you are making an item yourself that will not be sold or used for commercial purposes, you do not need a license.
Look for the label! Product that has been approved and licensed by Auburn University will bear the Officially Licensed Collegiate Products label or hangtag. To ensure that you are purchasing merchandise that is AU-thentic and supports the University’s scholarship programs, look for the label before you buy. Find out more here. Report potentially unlicensed product here.
Currently, Auburn University does not offer a Crafter’s licensing program. All licensees must go through the Collegiate Licensing Company or Auburn’s Artist Licensing Program (very limited products allowed). Find out how to get licensed.
Yes. Auburn provides royalty-free authorizations for individuals and families who would like to use the Auburn logo on a headstone, urn, mausoleum plaque or other memorials. Please submit your request here.
No. A permanent painting of Auburn University buildings, logos, mascots or other brand elements in an off-campus building implies a formal relationship between Auburn University and that entity. For information on partnering with Auburn Athletics, contact Auburn Sports Properties.
Information about masks, gaiters and all officially licensed Auburn University face coverings can be found at licensing.auburn.edu/masks. There is information there for employees, students and the public.
Due to a lack of product liability insurance, Auburn University does not issue one-time trademark use approvals on consumables. Contact one of our licensed bakeries.
Auburn does not have two mascots. Auburn’s athletics teams are the Tigers and the mascot’s name is Aubie. War Eagle is Auburn’s battle cry and the symbol is a live golden eagle named Aurea, or War Eagle VIII, who lives at the Southeaster Raptor Center in Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. At the beginning of each football game, an eagle circles Jordan-Hare Stadium to the cries of “Warrrrrrrrr Eagle, Hey!” from fans.