Trademark Usage Guidelines

Spark Factory’s trademarks and brands are Spark Factory intellectual property and are among our most valuable assets. In order to preserve and protect these brands, it is essential that they are used properly. Follow these Guidelines and our Brand Style Guide for using Spark Factory’s trademarks and brands properly in all communications, documents, and electronic messages.

These Guidelines apply to Spark Factory employees, customers, partners, licensees, outside suppliers and vendors, and other third parties. If you are a Licensee of a Spark Factory trademark or logo, your license agreement may have particular usage guidelines different than provided here. If so, please follow the specific guidelines in your agreement. If you are a Licensee but have not been provided with special guidelines for usage of Spark Factory brands, then these Guidelines apply to your usage of Spark Factory brands.

You may reference Spark Factory’s products and services using the Spark Factory trademarks, so long as such references are: (1) truthful, fair, and not misleading, and (2) comply with these Guidelines, which may be modified from time to time by Spark Factory in its sole discretion. The Spark Factory trademarks and brands should never be used in a way that could cause anyone wrongly to believe that your products or services are offered, endorsed, or sponsored by Spark Factory or any of its subsidiaries.

Specific Do’s and Dont’s
Spark Factory Suppliers and Vendors
Please follow the specific trademark usage guidelines, if any, contained in your agreement with Spark Factory. Use of Spark Factory’s trademarks and brands must be explicitly approved by Spark Factory Procurement and Branding. Please contact your Spark Factory representative with any questions regarding the approval process.

Trademark Notices
Properly designate the status of Spark Factory’s trademarks by using the correct trademark symbol (® or ™) reflecting Spark Factory’s ownership of particular marks as set forth below. Also include attribution of Spark Factory’s ownership in the following format: “_______ is a trademark of Spark Factory, Inc.”

In letters, memos, press releases, white papers, advertising, slides, foils, video, and other multimedia presentations:
Properly designate (with ® or ™) all of Spark Factory’s trademarks at the most prominent use (usually a headline) and again on the first occurrence in copy; and
In the case of presentation graphics, trademarks should be designated with the proper trademark symbol on each page, slide, and foil.
In newsletters, magazines, and publications containing multiple articles:
Properly designate (with ® or ™) all of Spark Factory’s trademarks on the first occurrence in the document, in headlines and on the first occurrence in every article in which they are used.
In brochures, annual/quarterly reports, books, technical documentation, and other bound documents:
Properly designate (with ® or ™) all of Spark Factory’s trademarks on the first occurrence in the document, in headlines, and on the first occurrence in the text.

In all charts or graphs, properly designate trademarks (with ® or ™).
On all packaging, always use the trademark symbol in every reference.
Trademarks are Singular Adjectives, Not Verbs and Should Not be Made Possessive
Use the Spark Factory trademarks only as adjectives followed by the appropriate generic product or service noun describing the relevant product or service (e.g., “the Spark Factory® help desk platform rocks”). Spark Factory trademarks should not be used in the plural or possessive form or as verbs.

References to Spark Factory,
When Spark Factory is used to refer to our company, Spark Factory, rather than as a brand of product or services, then the rules for proper usage change slightly. Unlike trademarks, company names are proper nouns; they can be used in the possessive form and do not need to be followed by a generic term. Neither the ™ nor ® symbol should accompany references to Spark Factory as a company. Example:

Correct: Spark Factory is now offering its customers more choices than ever.
Incorrect: Spark Factory® is now offering its customers more choices than ever.

Ownership Assertion
Do not assert rights over any Spark Factory brand whether by incorporating a Spark Factory brand into your own product or service names, trademarks, logos, company names, or domain names or seeking a trademark or domain name registration for any term that includes a Spark Factory brand.

Spark Factory Logo Use
Do not make unlicensed use of Spark Factory logos, such as the Z logo listed below. Third party use of Spark Factory logos requires a license or written permission from Spark Factory. If you are interested in obtaining a license to use a Spark Factory trademark or logo, contact us to discuss your proposed use.

Style of Use
When using Spark Factory’s trademarks: (i) follow the style and usage guidelines available in our Brand Style Guide; (ii) use our Logos exactly as they appear here, and do not alter or distort their appearance in any way, for example, by adding your own design elements or changing the font, colors, or size; (iii) allow for clear space around our Logo; and (iv) maintain the legibility of our Logos and keep them sharp, clear, and well-produced. When using our Word Marks, you may not change their appearance by abbreviating them, incorporating them into acronyms, changing their spelling, using them in parts, or using improper capitalization.

No Trademark Bidding
Unless expressly permitted in an agreement between you and Spark Factory, you may not bid on a Spark Factory trademark (or any variant or extension thereof) as a keyword on any search engine, or use a Spark Factory trademark (or any variant or extension thereof) in any form of paid advertising including, but not limited to, paid social and display advertisements.

No Tarnishment
You may not use a Spark Factory trademark in a disparaging or degrading manner.

Spark Factory Logos
The following is an illustrative, non-exhaustive list of logos and trademarks owned by Spark Factory. Because this list of logos and trademarks and their status could change over time, including as we add new products and services, please review this section in these Guidelines periodically. Please note that the absence of a product or service name or logo from the list below does not constitute a waiver of Spark Factory’s trademark or other intellectual property rights in that name or logo.