Vendor Certification

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.

 

Delta diligently 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.

 

Delta has 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 Delta's Marks.
  • • A vendor who markets merchandise not manufactured by it must purchase merchandise only from a licensed vendor/manufacturer.
  • • 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.

 


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.


The 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.
P.O. Box 418194
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

Sincerely,

Dr. Paulette  C. Walker


Dr. Paulette C. Walker
National President/CEO

PCW/nlj

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



Member Support

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 (ashearin@deltasigmatheta.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.


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
1707 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 986-2400
Fax: (202) 986-2513

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