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Trademarks and Licensing

Overview

A trademark is a word, symbol, design, combination of words and design, slogan, or even a distinctive sound that identifies and distinguishes the goods or services of one party from those of another.

All variances of names and visual representations of the University of California San Diego are considered university/campus trademarks.

The following pages cover the licensing requirements for imprinted products, apparel, and merchandise (T-shirts, water bottles, pens, tote bags, stickers, etc.). Websites, digital graphics, videos, and printed paper collateral (brochures, flyers, posters, etc.) are exempt.

UC San Diego Trademarks

UC San Diego’s trademarks include—but are not limited to—the following marks and names.

Trademarks (TM)

  • Campus name
  • UC San Diego logo
  • UC San Diego unit sub-brand logos
  • UC San Diego Athletics logo
  • UC San Diego Health logo
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography logo
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps logo
  • UC San Diego college logos

Registered Trademarks (®)

  • UC San Diego seal
  • UC San Diego Tritons logo
  • Tritons

Design Expectations

All brand guidelines regarding logo use, color, spacing, etc. should be followed when designing imprinted products.

  • The campus logo should be included on all imprinted products.
  • The logo does not need to be the most dominant element, but it should be prominent enough to clearly communicate a connection to campus.
  • For academic and administrative units, the UC San Diego logo is always preferred over UC San Diego Athletics logos or setting the campus name in regular type.
  • Where the campus name appears in text, use UC San Diego, not UCSD.
  • When the campus name or marks are used on imprinted products, they must be accompanied by the appropriate trademark symbol (TM or ®).
  • Since the campus logo is printed in a range of sizes, the TM is best applied during the design process. The designer of the piece is responsible for adding these marks (in many cases, the vendor is the designer).
UC San Diego logo and seal
Technical or size constraints? For brand or design consultations, contact University Communications.

Process

Ordering Branded Products

All vendors for imprinted items must be licensed through CLC, a collegiate licensing agency. Licensing protects the UC San Diego brand and minimizes the risk of using a vendor whose business practices counter the UC Code of Conduct. You can view a list of licensed vendors (select UC San Diego in the drop-down menu).

  • Licensing through CLC is separate from vendor listings in Oracle, which approves vendors for services and non-branded goods.
  • Vendors can get licensed at the CLC website.

Art Review

Before printing a branded product, all licensed vendors are required to submit art for review and approval. Review adds time to the overall approval and manufacturing process, so please plan accordingly.

STEP 1: The licensed vendor submits art through CLC’s web portal for review.

STEP 2: The art is reviewed for proper use of campus logos and trademarks.

  • The Office of Trademark and Licensing reviews for appropriate trademark symbols.
  • University Communications reviews for brand consistency.

STEP 3: If art is disapproved, the vendor contacts the customer to resolve any design issues. Revised art is resubmitted.

STEP 4: Once art is approved, the vendor can print the product.

For inquiries related to licensing, contact the UC San Diego Office of Trademark and Licensing.