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York Licensing

Trademark Protection

The name, York University, and all the names, insignias, logos, seals, crests, designs, marks or other symbols associated with York University, its Faculties and Colleges, are the exclusive property of York University. All use of these marks is protected and a license for use must be obtained from the York University Licensing Board.

Licensing Board

The Licensing Board grants qualifying parties a non-exclusive, term limited license to use the University's marks on merchandise and promotional articles. The terms and conditions of use are contained in the Trademark License Agreement (sample agreement link at right).

York branded merchandise - capsYork University wishes its names and marks to be associated with products produced under legal and fair labour conditions, and therefore requires its licensees to manufacture or imprint merchandise that has been manufactured under these conditions.

To meet this requirement, the Licensing Board has developed a code of conduct with which all approved licensees must comply.

Licensing Program Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do individuals or groups at York (including students) have to use an approved licensee to manufacture products with York name, mark or logo on them?
  2. Who runs the Licensing Program?
  3. How does a company apply for a license to manufacture York branded merchandise?
  4. How does the Licensing Program benefit York University?

Updated on October 9th, 2012.