14 - May I use the Harvard name and/or insignia on a custom-made gift or product?

Depending on the item and its intended use, permission to use the Harvard name or insignia on a custom-made gift or product is occasionally given by the University. Typically, permission is granted for an item that cannot be obtained from a licensed retailer and is intended as a special gift for the private use of a member of the Harvard community (including alumni). At its discretion, the Trademark Program may approve the request and grant a manufacturer a one-time use, royalty-exempt license to produce the item. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and, among other factors, consideration is given to the appropriateness of the product itself, the trademark requested and its proposed use on the product, and the reason or reasons for the request.