Policies of the Trademarks and Licensing Program govern how the name and signature marks of the University at Buffalo may and may not be used.
UB’s signature marks may not be used in any way that discriminates or implies discrimination against any persons or groups based on age, ancestry, belief, color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status, or in any other way that would be a violation of UB’s anti-discrimination policies or practices.
UB’s signature marks may not be used in any manner that suggests or implies UB’s endorsement of other organizations, companies, products, services, political parties or views, or religious organizations or beliefs
UB will not approve nor license the use of the UB name or marks in connection with certain products. They include, but are not limited to, the following:
The above list is not exhaustive. Other items may also be prohibited. Also, any use of names of organizations or businesses in conjunction with UB’s trademarks is subject to the approval of the Trademarks and Licensing Program.
If you have questions, please contact the Trademarks and Licensing Program.
The University at Buffalo is in compliance with New York State's sweatshop legislation (Chapter 350 of the Laws of 2002), amendments of 2003, and related State University (SUNY) policy. Responding to the law and policy, UB requires each competitive bidder for State procurement of apparel and sports equipment to:
The major clothing and sports equipment suppliers to UB advised the University that they and their suppliers comply with safety and occupational safety standards, have or will sign compliance statements (4KB), and will provide, as available, support documentation requested by the University.
As a result of the legislation and policy, bidders on State purchase contracts for UB apparel and sports equipment may be deemed by the University Purchasing Department as "not responsible" if a prospective vendor fails to certify compliance or fails to provide information sufficient to determine compliance on University request. Documentation will be requested by the University when:
The University reviewed the standards for apparel manufacturers and vendors, as developed by several organizations, including the Fair Labor Association, the Worker's Rights Consortium, and the Collegiate Licensing Company. Their national standards have common elements for all suppliers and vendors, including:
In support of the State law and campus policy, documentation addressing these standards may be requested by the University from apparel and sports equipment vendors and suppliers, as appropriate. As appropriate, vendors and suppliers may also be required to annually agree to the UB trademark licensing agreement and to comply with its terms. (View Factory Disclosure Form from SUNY's Trademark Licensing Renewals as a PDF (36KB).
The University established an advisory group in Fall 2003 to meet once a semester on UB policy on sweatshop legislation. Invitations to the meeting have been extended to campus governance groups, including student governments, Faculty Senate and Professional Staff Senate, Purchasing Department, Trademarks and Licensing, UB Bookstore, Athletics, and FSA. The advisory group will review campus policy and implementation, consider vendor/supplier response to documentation requests, review related developments from related national organizations, and contribute to the University annual report.
An annual report on campus compliance with sweatshop legislation will be provided for representative faculty, staff, and student governance organizations. The annual report will be posted on a University website, with links to the UB Trademark Licensing Agreement, appropriate State legislation and websites on related organizations and issues. Information about advisory group meetings will also be posted on the website.
While the legislation itself is limited to State purchase of apparel and sports equipment, the University has also asked for consideration of voluntary compliance with the new State standards from the privately operated University Bookstore, the campus auxiliary service corporation (Faculty Student Association, Inc.), other non-State purchasers of apparel and sports equipment on campus, and vendors who are licensed to produce products bearing the University at Buffalo's name and marks. The University will annually advise the Bookstore, FSA, and other non-State purchasers of apparel and licensed vendors of the State requirements and request a report on their policies and voluntary compliance. This information will be included in the annual report on this website.