Can a publicly funded university trademark an image or logo? 8 Answers as of May 30, 2013

Can a publicly funded university trademark a logo making it illegal to use by outside sources without a licensing agreement? I know many colleges and universities say they have trademarks on their images and they charge for licensing, usually through a third party. This seems to me like the U.S. government charging you licensing fees to sell American flag themed items.

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DANIEL NESBITT
DANIEL NESBITT | Hasse & Nesbitt
The simple answer to your question, can a publicly funded university trademark an image or logo, is yes. And this practice is constitutionally sound.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 4/3/2012
Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
Yes.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 5/30/2013
Yang & Wang, P.C.
Yang & Wang, P.C. | Tommy Wang
Yes.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/30/2013
Barton Barton & Plotkin
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
Yes. It is long established that a public university can own and license trademarks. This results in important revenue streams that benefit taxpayers.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 2/27/2012
Law Office of Kirk Buhler
Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
Yes. The Trademark office charges $275 or $325 as a filing fee. You can file the application yourself at uspto.gov or pay a law firm between $200 to $1,000 to prepare and file the application.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/27/2012
    Ochoa and Associates
    Ochoa and Associates | Susan Ochoa Spiering
    yes. for example, see Univ of Texas Longhorns which are a registered trademark:
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 2/25/2012
    Tran & Associates | Bao Tran
    Yes, the image or logo of a university is property of the university and you need to get a license from the university's licensing office to use the logo or image.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/25/2012
    Shimokaji & Associates
    Shimokaji & Associates | Michael Shimokaji
    There does not appear to be any prohibition against a public university obtaining a registered trademark.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/25/2012
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