The Calvin trademark licensing program allows the college to regulate, promote and protect the use of its name and logo no matter where or how used. Accordingly, any college, department, program, institute, center, administrative office or other unit must receive approval to use the college’s name and logo.

Not only does this process enable the college to oversee the use of its name but also provides assistance to those using the name and/or logo by ensuring proper application/use.

Licensing program

The Calvin trademark licensing program strives to promote, enhance and elevate the image of the college by authorizing the use of our name and/or logo on high-quality, socially responsible, tasteful merchandise and apparel. The program is administered by the communications and marketing department in partnership with Learfield Licensing Partners (LLP).

Off campus, the trademark licensing program creates a cooperative and positive working relationship with vendors and retailers that work with the college and LLP. To prevent the need for paying royalties to itself, the college provides for two types of vendors licenses: standard and internal.

  1. Standard – Applies to all commercial uses that include the resale of the item(s) being licensed and requires the associated royalty fee.
  2. Internal – Provides for campus units to order items for their own use (e.g., table displays, giveaways, etc.) without having to pay a royalty fee.

Licensed vendors

A current list of the college’s licensed vendors is available on the LLP website at learfieldlicensing.com/vendor-list. Simply type “Calvin” into the search box at the top of the page to access the downloadable PDF.

Any person, organization or corporation wishing to manufacture a product bearing or containing the Calvin College name and/or logo, or to provide a service that will use the name and/or logo, must enter into a licensing agreement that authorizes such use. Those wishing to become licensed can obtain an application at learfieldlicensing.com/licensing. Along with a completed application, vendors will be required to submit product samples, proof of insurance and a nominal fee. All vendor questions regarding the application and approval process should be directed to LLP.

In addition to the application and license renewal processes, LLP manages royalty reporting, artwork approvals, enforcement, promotions and general administration of Calvin’s licensees.

Once vendors are licensed, they can access current, accurate Calvin logos from Trademarx Online, LLP’s web-based artwork database, or on the Master Logos page. Product designs must be submitted to Trademarx Online for review and approval prior to being produced. Items bearing Calvin’s name and/or logo without a license may be considered “counterfeit” and subject to all available legal remedies, including seizure of the items. Additionally, licensed vendors who fail to submit designs for pre-production approval may have their license revoked.

Learfield Licensing Partners contact

Tim Klaasen
Brand Manager
442 Century Lane, Suite 100
Holland, MI 49423
616-395-0676 ext. 120
tklaasen@learfieldlicensing.com

Frequently asked licensing questions

You must choose to work with a vendor that is licensed by Learfield Licensing Partners (LLP). A current list of the college’s licensed vendors is available on the LLP website at learfieldlicensing.com/vendor-list. Simply type “Calvin” into the search box at the top of the page to access the downloadable PDF.

If you want to use a vendor that is not currently licensed by LLP, that vendor will need to apply for and obtain a license with LLP.

Anyone who wishes to obtain a license to produce merchandise must submit a license application to Learfield Licensing Partners. This application informs the college of how its marks will be used, what type of product the applicant makes, how the college is going to be represented, etc. Applications can be obtained by downloading an application at learfieldlicensing.com/licensing.

Any mark, logo, symbol, nickname, letter(s), word(s) or combination of these that can be associated with the college qualifies as a trademark and is the sole property of Calvin College.

All products bearing a college trademark may only be produced by licensed manufacturers. This rule applies not only to merchandise sold commercially through wholesalers and retailers, but to all distributors, including college employees, students, alumni, fans, etc.

A royalty is a fee paid by a licensee for the commercial use of a trademark. Items intended to be sold externally (i.e. t-shirts for retail sale) are subject to royalties. Items intended for internal use by Calvin employees (i.e. uniforms) are exempt from royalties except if the internal use is the intended resale of the item for fundraising.

Any vendor wishing to use the marks, logos and symbols of the college must obtain a license. No products will be licensed without the approval of the college through LLP. This ensures all products associated with the college are of high quality and in good taste, and denies approval of potentially hazardous items.

All products must be approved through the college. Merchandise produced without authorization may be considered counterfeit or infringing and subject to all available legal remedies.

Tim Ellens, director of communications and brand steward, tim.ellens@calvin.edu, 616-526-6475.