Trademark Licensing Program
Queen's owns a number of identifying marks, the use of which is strictly controlled and protected under the Trademarks Act of Canada. Examples of these are the Queen's logo and the word marks "Queen's," and "Queen's University", "Tricolour' and "Gaels". These word marks are marks of the University regardless of the particular style in which they are printed or used.
Only officially recognized departments, divisions, groups and individuals of the Queen's University are permitted to use Queen's University trademarks.
Queen's identified and marked product must be obtained from a trademark licensee of the university. The licensee will follow the guidelines for use prescribed in the trademark licensing agreement and in the agreement's Code of Conduct to ensure that the Queen's name, trademarks and images are used in good taste and are manufactured under humane and non-exploitative conditions.
Non‑exclusive licenses to manufacture and sell product bearing the Queen's marks are granted through the Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs.
As a matter of policy, all trademark licensees of Queen's or authorized users of Queen's trademarks, must provide royalties to the University for the use of those marks. These royalties fall under the terms of their licensing agreement, unless they have received a waiver of royalties from Student Affairs.
Royalties will be waived:
- on trademarked product that is retained by the University;
- on "uniforms", for university departments, programs, teams or officially recognized groups, even if retained by the individual;
- on "promotional" items which are paid for by the university department/program/team or group to promote themselves and are given to prospective users of services (e.g. mugs or pens)
For more information on the Queen's University Trademark Licensing Program please contact the Trademark Licensing & Program Coordinator