Crafter License

The Crafter License is a program that allows independent artisans to participate in Miami University's licensing program by legally producing product adorned with Miami's brand (including but not limited to word marks, trademarks, logos and/or symbols). This license is ideal for fans and alumni who are interested in producing small quantities of merchandise for craft fairs and online marketplaces instead of at retail stores.

Through this program, a crafter enters into a simple contract with Miami University that grants permission to produce and sell licensed Miami product..

Benefits of the Program

  • The individual can legally profit from the goodwill associated with Miami University’s brand.
  • Royalties paid to Miami University fund student scholarships.

Requirements

Crafter licensees must meet the following requirements:

  • Enter into a one year contract with the University.
  • Pay a $100 advance royalty fee at the beginning of each fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).
  • Submit a non-Miami sample of the each product to the Office of Trademarks and Licensing for review and approval prior to production of the Miami product.
  • Submit a mock-up of the Miami product to the Office of Trademarks and Licensing for review and approval prior to production.
  • Purchase and display the official “Collegiate Licensed Product” hologram sticker on all Miami licensed products.
    • The sticker can be purchased directly from the Office of Trademarks and Licensing at a cost of $2.00 per 100 stickers.
  • Sell licensed Miami products directly to the consumer (i.e. festivals, craft fairs, events, and/or online). Sales to third party retailers or distributors are not permitted.
  • Sell no more than 500 items or $2,000 worth of merchandise.  If either limit is reached in a single year or cumulatively over multiple agreements, a standard license must be obtained.
    • If in a fiscal year sales exceed $2,000, submit an additional royalty payment to the University at the end of the year (June 30).

Application

Below are the steps of the crafter license application process:

  • Submit the crafter license application form,  a non-Miami sample of your product, and a $100 royalty advance fee to the Office of Trademarks and Licensing.
    • Checks should be made out to “Miami University”.
    • The royalty advance fee will not be deposited until the application has been approved. If the application has been denied, the fee will be returned to the applicant.
  • Once the Office of Trademarks and Licensing has received the application, sample and royalty advance fee, the application request will be reviewed.
  • If the application is approved, a Crafter License Agreement will be sent to the applicant for review and signature.
  • The agreement should be returned to the Office of Trademarks and Licensing for execution.
  • Once the agreement has been executed, a copy of the agreement will be sent to the newly licensed crafter.
  • After the licensee receives a copy of the executed agreement, artwork and design development may begin. A mock-up of the Miami product must be sent to the Office of Trademarks and Licensing for review and approval prior to production.
  • Once the mock-up has been approved, the crafter may produce that item without getting further approvals for one calendar year. If the licensee would like to use a new design or produce a different product, approval must be granted by the Office of Trademarks and Licensing prior to production and sale.