Dear Prospective Certified Vendor:
Anyone wishing to design, manufacture, advertise,
market/distribute, or sell (collectively market) merchandise imprinted with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Incorporated's (Delta) trademarks and service marks (collectively
Marks) must receive authorization to do so through Delta's Vendor
Certification Program. Only products that sustain and enhance the
positive image of the Sorority will be approved.
protects its Marks and vigorously pursues persons or entities that
violate its Marks and intellectual property rights; and, vigorously
pursues persons and entities that market products bearing Delta's Marks
without having obtained authorization. Delta issues license for two
(2) year period only. To become certified you must pay a license fee
of $2,000 for the two (2) year license; you must become familiar with
and agree to abide by Delta's Operating Guidelines and Code of
Conduct for Vendors; you must complete an Application for Vendor's
License; and you must execute a License Agreement.
registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)
and U.S. Customs Office numerous trademarks and service marks,
including those listed in the Schedule A. Delta has several other
applications for registration currently pending before the PTO. In
addition, Delta has numerous other Marks
protected by federal and
state common law, as listed in Schedule B.
Delta's policy, practices,
and procedures for operating its Program, the steps a person or entity
must follow to obtain certification, and the standards for operating
as a vendor are set out in the following documents: Vendor Operating
Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Vendors, Vendor Application, and
License Agreement, all of which are attached. Please review the
attached documents carefully if you wish to become a certified vendor.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
- Persons who wish to use any Delta Mark(s)
in connection with any promotion or one-time event are considered
vendors and must apply to use Delta's Marks through its Vendor
Certification Program. No individual member may authorize use of
- A vendor who markets merchandise not manufactured by
it must purchase merchandise only from a licensed
- A vendor who supplies any Marks to a
manufacturer must require the manufacturer to sign a written agreement that it will use the Marks consistently with Delta's standards
and will not use Delta's Marks to manufacture merchandise for any
vendor whose name is not listed on Delta's Certified Vendors list posted
on Delta's website, or whose status as a vendor has not been confirmed
in writing by Delta's Intellectual Property office, or by the
vendor's production of its license.
- All merchandise designs must be
approved with the initial application.
- Merchandise designs may only
be added at the time of renewal of the application.
PROCESS: You may apply for certification by following the steps below:
- Complete and sign the License Agreement.
- Complete and sign the
Application for Vendor's License.
- Attach a sample or clear
photograph(s) of product/merchandise.
- Enclose a nonrefundable
application fee of $250.00 in the payment form specified.
- Submit the
license fee of $1,750.00 which is the balance due upon approval.
application process will generally take a minimum of 30 days and a
maximum of 60 days. Submission of an application and a signed License
Agreement does not guarantee the granting of a license. Delta retains sole discretion to determine who shall be issued a license. Delta
requires the submission of a signed License Agreement at the time of
the application to ensure that all applicants are thoroughly familiar
with the details and requirements of the Certified Vendor Program.
Licenses will be issued for the marketing of products that sustain and
enhance the image of the Sorority. The Sorority reserves the right to
cancel any license, should any item marketed promote a negative image of
and/or be contrary to the mission and standards of this
organization.Please forward the completed documents along with the
sample and a cashier's check, money order or credit card form (no
personal checks) to:
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
Boston, MA 02241-8194
A Credit Card Payment Form is
enclosed for your convenience.
If you have additional
questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Lenon Johnson, Intellectual Properties Specialist, at 202/986-2400 ext. 399 or Angela Shearin, Intellectual Property Specialist, Licensing & Compliance at 202/986-2400 ext. 582
Dr. Paulette C. Walker
Click below for supporting documentation:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
IP LICENSE AGREEMENT
OPERATING GUIDELINES AND CODE OF CONDUCT FOR LICENSEES
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFIED VENDORS LICENSE
CREDIT CARD PAYMENT FORM
LIST OF REGISTERED TRADEMARKS AND SERVICE MARKS
Delta members have always supported the Sorority's request that
they refrain from patronizing and report unlicensed vendors. Delta
encourages members to continue their vigilance. Reports should be made to Ms. Shearin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and should include the name of the business; contact person
and title, if available; address; telephone number; location of sale or
display of merchandise; and list of items being sold.