Paws, Incorporated was founded in 1981 by cartoonist Jim Davis as a creative house to support Garfield licensing. Today, the company, located in rural Indiana, handles not only the creative angle, but also the business concerns of the corpulent kitty worldwide. Paws, Inc. is a privately held company and the sole owner of the copyrights and trademarks for GARFIELD and GARFIELD Characters.
Jim Davis not only guides the pencil that draws the comic strip but is also the guiding force at Paws, Inc. Jim is involved in the day-to-day business and takes personal responsibility for shaping and growing Garfield, a character known and loved for more than 35 years. "We make every effort to provide the best service in the licensing industry," says Davis. Having the creator and both the creative and business staff housed in one campus allows Paws to be flexible — there are no layers of management to cut through and no executive committees to slow things down. Paws prides itself on its simple business philosophies:
- Take care of the cat and the cat will take care of you
- Family comes first
- Have fun!