Trademark infringement is a violation of the exclusive rights attaching to a trademark without the authorization of the trademark owner or any licensees (provided that such authorization was within the scope of the license). Infringement may occur when one party, the "infringer", uses a trademark which is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark owned by another party, in relation to products or services which are identical or similar to the products or services which the registration covers. An owner of a trademark may commence legal proceedings against a party that infringes its registration.
Departments and student organizations are encouraged to contact the Manager of University Trademarks and Licensing if they wish to use a slogan, or any graphic elements from a logo that could potentially be trademarked already. The Manager of University Trademarks and Licensing will assist with the investigation of whether your slogan or logo could be infringing on another entity’s trademarks.