The Lions emblem (logo), the words “Lions”, “Lions Club”, “Lions International” and “Lions Clubs International” are all registered trademarks of Lions Clubs International in all parts of the world. The trademark laws require that LCI has to restrict and guard the use of these trademarks in order to maintain its rights to them.
For this effect the Lions Clubs International and its General Council have given out a set of rules about the use of these trademarks. This is a translated, shortened and unofficial version of these rules.
For further information please contact Lions Clubs International and its General Council.
No product that contains the Lions logo or the words “Lions”, “Lions Club”, “Lions International” or “Lions Clubs International” may be sold or otherwise distributed to Lions members, Lions Clubs, Lions Districts or the general public without the prior written permission from the LCI General Council.
A Lions Club, Lions District or Lions member does not have the right to use the Lions emblem on any product or goods that are intended to be sold to Lions members or the general public in order to collect money. For this purpose there exists a special emblem that bears the text “Lions Club Fund Raising Activity Seal”.
For using this emblem a prior written permission from the LCI General Council is required. No producer, printer, publisher, advertiser or other type of commercial entrepreneur, commercial or charity organization or club or association is allowed to use the name, good will, trademark, award, logo, emblem, pin or other similar item for any purpose, except when it has received a prior written permission from the LCI General Council. No Lions district or other combination of Lions Clubs is allowed to use the name or emblem of the association in combination with any program or activity of the group or district without a prior written permission from the international board of LCI, granted towards precisely that named activity.
A permission can only be granted for activities that are under supervision of Lions districts, clubs or groups of clubs, and only when the participation of individual Lions members and clubs in these programs or activities is totally voluntary so that the clubs and members are not forced to grant money for them.
Unofficial remark: All Lions Clubs that we are aware of that have asked the LCI for permission to use the Lions trademarks on their WWW pages have so far received permission to do so, as long as the contents of their WWW pages lie strictly within the rules and code of ethics set forth by the LCI. However, this statement here does not constitute any kind of permission to use the Lions trademarks at any occasion anywhere.
We strongly encourage everybody who is planning to use the Lions trademarks in any occasion to request for prior permission from Lions Clubs International.