Trademark & Licensing Policy for the CIAA

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (“CIAA”) owns all rights in the product names, company names, trade names, logos, packaging and designs (collectively "Trademarks") of the CIAA.  These Trademarks symbolize the CIAA’s history, traditions, purpose and values.  Unauthorized use of any such Trademarks, including the reproduction, imitation, dilution or confusing or misleading uses is strictly prohibited under Trademark laws of the United States and the State of North Carolina.  The language and logos protected by the CIAA include, but are not limited to, “CIAA”, the CIAA logo, “#CIAA”, “CI Tournament” or any other letters, words, terms, images or designs intended to or that may inadvertently or mistakenly create a likelihood of confusion.  Use of these marks is expressly prohibited; except as may be provided in writing by an authorized agent of the CIAA.  Nothing otherwise, expressed or implied, conveys any license or right to utilize any CIAA Trademark. 

When trademark infringement occurs legal remedies available to the owner of the trademark includes: obtaining an injunction against the infringing party; destruction or forfeiture of infringing articles; monetary relief, including profits of the infringer, any damages sustained by the plaintiff, the costs of the legal action; and the cost of the trademark owner’s attorneys' fees.  Under certain circumstances, trademark infringement is also a crime punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.  

The CIAA is committed to protecting its Trademark rights.  In order for a business–which includes individuals–to make a commercial use of the CIAA’s name or any of its other marks, that business must have written permission to do so. Permission must be acquired by a formal contract with the CIAA. Any vendor, event promoter, broadcaster or other media partner or such other similarly situated third party desiring to obtain authorization to use the CIAA Trademark should contact the CIAA Governance and Compliance by calling (704) 910-2133.



Goods and products bearing the CIAA logos or CIAA trademarked verbiage to be used by businesses, vendors, or a division, department or organization, must be obtained from a licensed manufacturer and approved by the CIAA Licensing prior to production.

CIAA logos and trademarked verbiage are the property of the CIAA. Use of the CIAA logos must comply with CIAA policies, which apply to all visual representations of the university: signs, video productions, exhibit materials, websites etc., as well as printed and electronic publications.

No business, vendor, or organization may authorize the production of merchandise bearing the CIAA's name or logo or authorize or produce items that combine the logo with any other name or logo unless approved by the CIAA Licensing and all appropriate administrative office(s). 

The CIAA's collegiate licensing partner, Learfield Licensing Partners (LLP), administers the licensing process on our behalf; in addition to the collection of royalties, enforcing trademarks and pursuing new marketing opportunities for the conference.

Please visit their website (  for general information regarding Learfield Licensing Partners.