Our mission is to serve as a primary resource and partner to Delta in all aspects of business growth and development. Legal Affairs’ practice spans several areas that include corporate governance and compliance, contract management, public policy development, labor and employment matters, and intellectual property and data privacy management.
Legal Affairs also works closely with our Headquarters departments, regional committees, and national chapters to conduct programming that includes conventions, conferences, and public service initiatives under our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust for the enjoyment of members and local communities alike. To protect Delta’s reputation and goodwill, Legal Affairs is responsible for managing Delta’s intellectual property portfolio, supporting our Certified Vendor Program, and procuring licensed affiliations with colleges & universities, companies, as well as non-profit organizations.
For more about Legal Affairs’ practice, we invite you to review the remaining tabs in our section. Should you have any further questions not addressed here, please email Legal Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among its several practice areas, Legal Affairs at Delta is responsible for overseeing registration and uses of Delta’s IP portfolio worldwide. That may include Sorority recruitment and membership events at colleges and universities; public displays at political and cultural functions; and news and editorial coverage in print and online publications.
Legal Affairs also supports the Events Committee who administers the Sorority’s commercial licensing program, otherwise known as the Certified Vendor Program (“Program”) The Program provides vendors and manufacturers the opportunity to affix Delta trademarks on approved merchandise for a non-exclusive, two (2) year license term.
Delta works diligently to protect its intellectual property – trademarks, service marks, domain names, and copyrights, which includes Delta’s name, Delta Greek letters, and any other indicia (collectively “Marks”). While Delta always attempts to resolve matters of infringement without resort to litigation, we have initiated lawsuits against several individuals and corporate infringers who refused to comply with Delta’s demands to cease using Delta’s Marks illegally. Delta has sued infringers in federal courts and has consistently obtained injunctive relief and negotiated settlements to resolve these matters.
Delta recognizes the invaluable service of its Soror members who report and refuse to patronize unlicensed or otherwise unauthorized entities that include vendors and manufacturers. Members are encouraged to continue to support licensed entities and report any unlicensed or otherwise unlawful activity to Legal Affairs.
Please take the time to carefully review this page in its entirety. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Legal Affairs.
Intellectual Property (“IP”)
Trademarks AND Copyrights
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is committed to the protection of its sacred trademarks and is dedicated to forming fruitful relationships with those parties interested in using Delta’s federally registered and common law trademarks. If you, your company, or the organization you work for are interested in using Delta’s Marks, please continue reading below to learn about licensing opportunities with Delta.
Among Delta’s licenses to use trademarks, Legal Affairs supports the Events Department which administers the Sorority’s commercial licensing program, otherwise known as the Certified Vendor Program (“Program”). If you or your company are interested in becoming a Certified Delta Vendor, please refer to Program section. Details on all other licenses to use Delta Marks are also found below. Please note, that all licensing request forms are subject terms and conditions of licensed use with a three (3) week processing period barring additional requests for information. Should interested parties have any additional questions unanswered in the descriptions below, please contact Legal Affairs at email@example.com.
If granted, this Licensing Agreement will allow Applicant to use the indicated Delta trademark(s) for the limited purpose of showing and/or marketing in print publications, or online accounts. Please note, Applicant’s use is limited to the terms of the Licensing Agreement and may not be assigned to any additional interested parties
To obtain a license to use Delta’s federal or common law trademarks:
Quick Brand Guide
In order to legally use Delta’s Marks on goods and/or services, you must obtain permission through a licensing agreement. A licensing agreement is made between Delta and a third party. The license will grant a third party the limited right to use Delta marks for a specified period of time. Delta refers to third parties as Vendors. Delta has granted numerous vendors a license and continues to review requests daily. No individual member of Delta may authorize use of Delta’s marks.
To learn more about our licensed vendors, we ask that you review our Approved Vendor List (Updated 09-15-2023).
To become a Certified Vendor:
- Complete the Application for Certified Vendor’s License.
- Provide mockups of your product(s) with your application.
- Execute a License Agreement and submit with your application.
- Become familiar with and agree to abide by Delta’s Operating Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Vendors.
- Submit the license fee of $2,000.00 of which $250.00 is non-refundable if the application is denied or cancelled prior to approval. NO REFUND is issued after approval.
To renew a Certified Vendor License:
- Complete the Application for Renewal of Certified Vendor’s License.
- Execute a License Agreement and submit with your application.
- Submit the license fee of $2,000.
Once the application is submitted, you must become familiar with and agree to abide by Delta’s Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Vendors (collectively “Code”). This Code will provide detailed information on how Delta’s Marks should be displayed and used. Please check back for our Quick Brand Guide tab for additional use information. To complete the application process, there is a license fee of $2,000.00 of which $250.00 is non-refundable in the event that the application is denied or cancelled prior to approval. There is NO refund issued after approval.
If granted a license by Delta, it will be binding for a period of two (2) years. Once the two year period has ended, you will have to complete the Certified Vendor’s License Renewal and submit the license fee. Delta reserves the right to cancel any license, should any item marketed promote a negative image and/or be contrary to the mission and standards of this organization.
A Licensed Vendor may not grant and/or assign his rights under the license agreement to any other vendor without the exclusive authorization of Delta.
For additional information about the Program, please refer to our Certified Vendor Program Guide. You may contact the Executive Office should the information defined here and the link above not address your questions.
If you would like to learn more about the Certified Vendor Program, please contact the Executive Office at IP@deltasigmatheta.org.