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Sports & Tailgating

THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Campus
Pride

Ohio State licenses products
that help alums show their loyalty
to the university. BY ALAN DORICH

T

he ways products are licensed for colleges
have changed over the past 30 years, Rick
Van Brimmer says. "Back into the '80s, the
people standing at your tailgate were probably wearing a sweatshirt [with the college logo]
under their regular jacket [or] a t-shirt when it was
warmer," he recalls.
Now when people go to a tailgate party, the college's
logos can be seen on nearly everything, including tents,
tables, grills, food products, and even paper towels and
plates. "Now that passion and loyalty [to a school] is
reflected in all the products that are there," he says.
Van Brimmer is an assistant vice president for
business advancement, affinity and trademark management for The Ohio State University, which has
licensed products with its name since 1974. Located in Columbus, Ohio, the college opened its main
campus 144 years ago and was recently ranked 16th
among the nation's best public universities by U.S.
News & World Report.
The licensing program, Van Brimmer says, began
when a part-time paralegal in Ohio State's contract
office began registering its marks. "That was a woman named Anne Chasser, who is one of the legends
of the industry and my boss for several years before
I took over," he recalls.
The university's licensing program began with
t-shirts and sweatshirts that were sold out of its
bookstore. "It moved out of that one closet in the
bedroom into drapes, bed coverings and sport products," Van Brimmer says.
Ohio State also has licensed products for patios,
rec rooms, basements and garages, including storage
items and bar supplies. "It's evolved as people have
embraced following teams and their loyalty to the
school," he says, but notes that the items keep the
school front and center.

All OSU licensed products
keep the school front and
center in their design.

This is part of the philosophy that Chasser instilled in the program from the beginning, Van
Brimmer says. "It was never overshadowed by any
other interest," he says. "We've always taken a 'university first' point of view."
That latest products Ohio State has licensed include storage items for the patio, as well as a Bluetooth speaker in the shape of a football helmet. "The
licenses are just following what you're seeing in a
Bose store," he says. "People use those to show their
allegiance to their teams."
Although Ohio State listens to every proposal, it
does not license products that it would have trepidations about, Van Brimmer says. For example,
"We don't license alcohol and we don't license firearms," he says.
November/December 2016

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Rick Van Brimmer,
assistant vice president
for business advancement,
affinity and trademark
management
trademarklicensing.osu.edu
Columbus, Ohio

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