FAQ for use of the IETF acronym and logo
1. Who owns the IETF acronym and logo?
Like all IETF intellectual property, they are
owned by the IETF Trust. See http://trustee.ietf.org
2. Can I use the IETF acronym or logo without permission?
Usage of the IETF acronym and logo for any purpose beyond
what is described below is strictly prohibited by the
IETF trust without a specific grant of license.
The form of license can be found at here:
Each license is subject to approval and acceptance by the
Every use of the IETF logo or name must be in compliance with
the trademark usage guidelines found here:
3. Who already has a license or will definitely get one?
The Internet Society, the IETF Secretariat, IETF meeting hosts and
sponsors, and associated organizations such as the IRTF, are or
will be licensed.
4. What usage is OK without a license?
The acronym "IETF" may be used factually in any on-line or
traditional publication, in presentations and documents, and in
press and media reports, as a descriptive term for the Internet
Engineering Task Force.
The same applies to other phrases such as "IETF Secretariat",
"IETF Trust", "IETF Standard" or "IETF RFC".
The IETF logo may be used, without modification, to accompany
descriptive text to refer specifically to the IETF organization
itself or its work. The logo must be reproduced in the exact
format, scale and colors displayed at http://www.ietf.org/images/logos/.
Neither the IETF name nor logo alone or in combination
with other words may be used to claim support or endorsement
for, or as an indication of origin of, any goods or services.
5. Can I change the logo?
Derivatives of the IETF logo may not be created or used
without approval of and license from the IETF Trust,
which will include assigning the rights in the derivative
to the Trust. The IETF trust only grants the right to
make derivatives of its logo on rare occasions, and only
subject to strict terms and conditions.
The standard IETF logo can be found here: