Trademark and Licensing

The University has a Trademark and Licensing Program in place to protect and ensure proper use of Columbia University marks throughout the world.  This program is operated out of the Campus Services, part of Facilities and Operations.

The program grants licenses to qualified manufacturers to produce a variety of Columbia University insignia items.  It also helps Columbia University departments and officially recognized Columbia student groups to have Columbia insignia goods produced.

What is a trademark?

A word, phrase, symbol or design, or combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, which identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods or services of one party from those of others.

What are Columbia’s trademarks?

Columbia University™, Columbia University in the City of New York™, Columbia University Medical Center™ and ColumbiaDoctors™ are a few of our Trademarks. The various Columbia University school names, their respective shields and several other marks and graphics, such as Columbia’s athletic logo, the Lion, and the stylized C are also trademarks.

Who can obtain a license?

Licenses must be obtained for the use of any Columbia University trademark, image, or photograph used on any packaging (including hangtags, stickers), signage, or product sold to the general public or to campus departments and organizations.

The University will not license products that do not meet minimum quality standards, are not in good taste, or items considered dangerous or high risk.

Code of Conduct

Columbia University is affiliated with The Workers Rights Consortium (WRC) and The Fair Labor Association (FLA).

The WRC is a non-profit organization created by college and university administrations, students and labor rights experts to ensure that factories producing clothing and other goods bearing college and university names respect the basic rights of workers.

The FLA is a non-profit organization combining the efforts of industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), colleges and universities to promote adherence to international labor standards and improve working conditions worldwide.

Guidelines for Trademark Usage

Columbia University has contracted with Exemplar Associates, which monitors and works to ensure consistency, compliance and quality of our logos and marks. We maintain well over 100 licensed vendors and distribute Columbia emblematic products.

See a complete list of Columbia University licensees and approved promotional vendors.

Approval Process

Written approval is required to reproduce any logos or marks of Columbia University.

All artwork approvals and re-print requests must be submitted by a licensed vendor through Exemplars submission software platform, Workspace.

Please call (212) 854-6862 for further information.