Trademark Licensing
U of T branded keychains


Fair Labor Association (FLA)
A non-profit independent monitoring and verification organization combining the efforts of industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), colleges and universities to promote adherence to international labour standards and improve working conditions worldwide.

An individual or company who enters into such an agreement is referred to as a licensee.

Licensing is the process of obtaining legal permission through a contract for the right to use someone’ s trademark.

The granting of formal recognition of a trademark by the Trade-marks Office of the Canadian federal government.

Registered Trademark
A trademark entered on the Canadian federal government’s Trade-marks Register, which formally recognizes the owner’s rights to the mark.

Payment to the holder of a trademark, patent, copyright or resource for the right to use their property.

A trademark includes any word, symbol, design or a combination of them, used to associate goods with a particular entity and to distinguish them from the goods of others. A trademark may only be used by or with the consent of the owner.

Trade name
The name under which a company chooses to operate. Trade names may or may not also be considered trademarks, depending on the circumstances.

The United Students Against Sweatshops is an international student movement of campuses and individual students fighting for sweatshop free labor conditions and workers’ rights.

Worker Rights Consortium (WRC)
The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) is a non-profit organization created by college and university administrations, students and labour rights experts. The WRC’s purpose is to assist in the enforcement of manufacturing Codes of Conduct adopted by colleges and universities designed to ensure that factories producing clothing and other goods bearing college and university names respect the basic rights of workers.