Becoming a Licensee
Why use the Australian Fibre Collective Registered Trademark?
There are a growing number of people in the Australian Fibre and Textile Industries creating 100% Australian grown and manufactured products. This has been largely driven by a growing consumer awareness of the impact clothes, bedding and textile home wares are having on both our health and the health of the environment. Consumers are increasingly demanding that their textile and fibre products are produced in an ethical manner: They want to know the people involved in the supply chain are not being used as slave labour and that if the fibre comes from an animal, that the animal ethically raised is tended by a caring and responsible farmer.
Frequently people now seek out Australian textile and fibre products and are willing to pay a premium when they find them. So consider the consumer's disappointment when they believe that they have purchased a locally grown and manufactured product only to find when they get home the made in China label concealed within.
The Australian Fibre Collective Registered Trade Mark has been created to give both integrity back to the Australian Fibre and Textile Industry and the assurance to the consumer that if displayed on a product then the supply chain will be traceable and 100% Australian.
All products displaying the Trade Mark must have a traceable Australian supply chain. The Australian Fibre Collective Board have full control over the approval and distribution of licences to use the Trade Mark as per the Trademark agreement (a copy can be obtained from the AFC secretary). The Australian Fibre Collective Inc. Board will only approve for licensing, those products which can be proven to be 100% Australian grown and Manufactured. Seeing fibre and textile products displaying the Australian Fibre Collective's Registered Trade Mark will the consumers the confidence to know that the product they are buying is genuine. Our Trade Mark should allow our licensees to differentiate themselves from others in the industry who are not suppliers of Australian products..
Is my business eligible to become Licensed to use the Australian Fibre Collective registered Trade Mark?
All 100% Australian grown and manufactured and / or crafted natural fibre products are eligible to be licensed use the Australian Fibre Collective registered Trade Mark.
If the conditions above are met, any Australian business , at at any point in the supply chain, from the raw natural fibre through to a finished fibre product is eligible to apply to use the Australian Fibre Collective registered Trade Mark.
All imported fibre products irrespective of their origins are ineligible for licensing to use the Australian Fibre Collective registered Trade Mark.
Products whose composition includes synthetic or man made fibres or products including natural fibres sourced from overseas are ineligible to be licensed to use the Australian Fibre Collective registered Trade Mark.
Any Australian Grown fibre which has left Australia for any part of its manufacturing is ineligible for licensing to use the Australian Fibre Collective registered Trade Mark.
How to apply to use the Australian Fibre Collective Registered trademark.
Applicants who wish to use the the Australian Fibre Collective registered trademark need to first take the time to read and understand our Code of Conduct for Licensees. Once you are certain that you can fulfill the obligations under the Code of Conduct, complete the application form. Return it with a list of the products to which you wish to affix the Australian Fibre Collective Registered Trade Mark with the supply chain for each product on the list. Be prepared to submit documentary proof of your supply chain when requested.
The Trade Mark Licensing Process
Submit application (email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Receive acknowledgement that application has been received along with an Application Number. Request for $75 Application fee by direct bank deposit. Use the application Number as an identifier for the payment.
Once application fee is received the application process shall commence ( the application will join the queue of licence applications awaiting approval).
If all is in order, the Licensing Sub Committee will forward the application to the whole Australian Fibre Collective Board for final approval.
If all is not in order the applicant will either be contacted for further information or the application will be denied.
Once the application has the unanimous approval of the Full Board of the Australian Fibre Collective Inc. the applicant will be advised that approval has been granted and that the Trade Mark Licence will be available upon the receipt of the $75 Trade Mark Licence fee. Their Licensee number (provided in this written acknowledgement) should be used as an identifier with the direct bank deposit into the AFC inc account.
Upon receipt of the $75 Trade Mark licence fee the Licensee will receive a downloadable file with an image of the Registered Trade Mark with their Licensee Number included in the image.