Building Morale: Navy Trademark Office Delivers Proceeds to the Navy MWR


Story Number: NNS181023-08Release Date: 10/23/2018 2:49:00 PM
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By Sierra Jones, Office of Naval Research Public Affairs

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Last week, the Navy Trademark Licensing Office, headquartered at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), transferred more than $1 million—for the first time—to the Navy’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program, a quality-of-life program for Sailors and their families.

This money, which totaled more than $1.3 million, comes from royalties collected from the sale of licensed products using Navy trademarked logos, and goes toward community recreational programs supported by MWR.

“The trademark royalty funds have helped Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation program staff members offer many fun and engaging activities, along with recreational leisure skills programs for Sailors and their families at installations worldwide,” said Jeffrey Potter, head of financial analysis at Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) in Millington, Tennessee. “This initiative has been extremely important to CNIC fleet readiness, and we truly appreciate how this relationship has benefited quality of life programs at installations across the Navy.” 

Determining what types of items can carry the Navy’s trademark is the job of Nadine Villanueva Santiago, manager of the Navy’s Trademark Licensing Office (NTLO).

“Our job is to ensure that Navy-branded consumer goods available in the marketplace are ones that instill pride in the service and admiration for the men and women who serve,” said Santiago.

Currently, the Navy trademark appears on thousands of officially licensed products—including clothing, household goods, ornaments, watches and handmade goods. However, not every product Santiago receives makes the grade. Navy trademarks won’t be approved for alcohol, tobacco- or smoking-related items, drug paraphernalia, gambling- or lottery-related products, firearms, undergarments or products containing profanity or hateful language.

Since 2013, the NTLO has reviewed and tested the products that come through their office—from validating the appropriateness of an item, to reviewing factory audits for safe working conditions, to ensuring the quality of an item meets or exceeds expectations.

“If you buy an officially licensed product, you can guarantee that it’s been vetted and gone through the appropriate channels to ensure the item is of good quality and is not made in a sweatshop or factory with safety violations,” said Santiago. “Plus, you can feel good that a portion of the proceeds go back to the Navy through the MWR program.”

MWR is not the only Navy program to profit from the trademark office. The Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor program also benefits in another form. According to Santiago, product samples that are not requested to be sent back to the licensees are inventoried and transferred to the Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor program. That program then distributes the items to warfighters enrolled in the program at Warrior Games or at medical treatment facilities.

“When we let licensees know what will be done with their samples, they typically don’t request the items back,” said Santiago.

The NTLO has more than 250 licensees. Navy licensed products are available globally including in major retailers and a variety of e-commerce websites. All officially licensed products will have a hologram or hangtag that identifies the authenticity as officially licensed merchandise.

And for Santiago, it’s these licensees—the ones that go through the proper channels—that help her office succeed in protecting the rich history and heritage of the Navy.

While the Navy has transferred more than $3.2 million to the MWR over the years, it should also be noted that each military service has a trademark licensing program office that manages its trademarks. As a whole, the Department of Defense trademark program offices have transferred more than $24 million to MWR programs for support of our nation’s warfighters and families.

 

To find out more about the Navy’s Trademark Licensing program, please visit https://www.navy.mil/trademarks.

Sierra Jones is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

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Nadine Villanueva Santiago, manager of the Navy's Trademark Licensing Office (NTLO), headquartered at the Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va., talks about recently received items with her team.
181016-N-PO203-0051 ARLINGTON, Va. (Oct. 16, 2018) Nadine Villanueva Santiago, manager of the Navy's Trademark Licensing Office (NTLO), headquartered at the Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va., talks about recently received items with her team, from left, Michael Badagliacca, Stacey Marks and Hassan Sudler. Royalties collected from the sale of licensed products using the Navy's trademarked logos goes toward community recreational programs supported by the Navy's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)
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