Applying for a License
The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) is the licensing representative for Virginia Commonwealth University. CLC is responsible for administering the licensing program, including processing applications, collecting royalties and enforcing proper usage. For more information about CLC, click here.
Types of Licensing Agreements
VCU has several types of licensing agreements. The Trademarks & Licensing Office will aid individuals, companies, departments, and organizations in securing the proper agreement and forms. VCU’s agreements include:
Internal Campus Supplier
An Internal Campus Supplier License is available for companies that wish to produce merchandise for internal campus departments and registered student organizations for internal consumption only. Internal Campus Suppliers cannot sell to any entity, internal or external, if the product will be resold and/or used for gift with purchase or fundraising. Royalties are not paid to the university through this license.
A Local License is available to companies that desire to obtain a license with an institution located in their immediate in-state marketplace. A company may only apply for three institutions or less with the initial application, but can ultimately become licensed for up to five institutions within the same state as their business location. Royalties are collected on local licensees.
A Standard License is available to companies that wish to manufacture collegiate products for six or more institutions. This is typically reserved for larger manufacturers with well-established production, distribution, and marketing capabilities. Royalties are collected on standard licensees.
Licensed vendors must adhere to VCU’s Brand Standards. Trademarked VCU logos and wordmarks are available to all licensed vendors through the VCU Art Sheet with CLC.
A crafter is defined as an individual producing domestic handcrafted items in the home with collegiate marks and selling/distributing to individual consumers via events or direct sales. This might include events organized by church, school, county, state, craft, holiday, Junior League, street festivals, gift marts or flea markets.
This license allows a crafter to sell to individual consumers only. Sales of items on a wholesale basis to a third party are not permitted. All items must be hand-made. No commercially manufactured items are allowed.
If anticipated sales will exceed 500 units or sales revenue of more than $2,500 in one year, please refer to www.clc.com for more information on the Local or Standard Licenses available through the university’s licensing agent, the Collegiate Licensing Company.
An Officially Licensed Collegiate Craft label will be required to be affixed to all products. The annual licensing fee for the Crafter’s License varies – see Program Fees below.
A sample of each item to be offered for sale bearing the university’s trademarks and logos must be submitted for review before the License is granted. Samples should be sent to: Christy Rabil, Marketing, Trademarks and Licensing Manager, 1111 West Broad St, Suite A, Richmond, VA 23298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the samples are reviewed and approved, a Crafter’s License Agreement will be sent to the crafter for signature. This License Agreement should be returned with a check or money order made payable to “Virginia Commonwealth University” and sent to:
1111 West Broad St.
PO Box 980208 Richmond, VA 23298-0208
Crafters License Agreement
Crafters Program Royalty Fees