Licensing is a written agreement between B-State, and the licensee, whereby the licensee is granted permission to produce goods or services bearing the marks of B-State. Bluefield State University (B-State) partners with Palmer Law, PLC to: help protect the University’s brand/trademark; help promote the University; and help generate funds to assist the University Palmer Law, PLC serves as a licensing agent for the University and is responsible for maintaining the licensing program, such as processing the licensing applications, collecting royalty payments, enforcement of trademarks, as well as seeking to find new marketing opportunities for the University. What is Licensing? Licensing is a written agreement between B-State, and the licensee, whereby the licensee is granted permission to produce goods or services bearing the marks of B-State. Who Needs a License? Anyone that wishes to produce goods or services bearing the marks of B-State must obtain a license to do so. How to Become Licensed? Contact B-State or Palmer Law, PLC if you are interested in obtaining a license to produce goods or services bearing the name, mark, logo, etc. of Bluefield State University complete our licensing form or email Palmer Law, PLC at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must provide detailed information about your company and the product you wish to bring to the marketplace. Failure to obtain a license through B-State and approval through the Office of Marketing & Media Relations may result in unfavorable legal consequences to the infringing user. What is the Process? Upon the approval of your licensing application, you may submit artwork designs displaying the marks, logo, name, slogan, symbol, word(s), letters, numbers or combination of any of these that is directly associated with or to the University for approval. We will at that time evaluate each product, and approval must be given of the completed product sample before any goods or services can be produce for retail sale. This process will protect all parties, including the University from future liability, by ensuring that every product bearing the institution’s name or logo is used appropriately. What is a Trademark? A trademark is any mark, logo, name, slogan, symbol, word(s), letters, numbers or combination of any of these that identifies the University’s goods or services. It is considered an infringement of the University’s trademark rights to use these trademarks or similar trademarks without the University’s permission. Bluefield State University does NOT approve or endorse the use of its marks in conjunction with distasteful designs, or for the purpose of advertising goods or services related to alcohol and tobacco, illegal activities, firearms, religious or political associations, etc.