FAQ

11 - Does a Harvard student group need permission to produce items bearing the Harvard name and/or insignias?

Any member of the Harvard University Community, including officially recognized student organizations, wishing to produce items bearing the Harvard name and/or insignias must obtain written permission to do so from the Harvard Trademark Program.  The following guidelines apply to officially recognized student groups that want to produce and sell, or give away, items bearing their student group name, logo, and/or any other Harvard trademarks.

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,… Read more about 14 - May I use the Harvard name and/or insignia on a custom-made gift or product?

15 - Who do I contact with copyright questions?

Harvard does not have an office that specifically deals with copyright requests. Reprint/reproduction permission for copyrighted documents is given by the individual Harvard school, department, or unit that created or oversees the work in question: this policy is a function of practicality as well as academic courtesy. To request permission to reproduce, in whole or part, material copyrighted by Harvard University (President and Fellows of Harvard College), you must contact the school or department that produced the material. For example, for books published by Harvard University Press (… Read more about 15 - Who do I contact with copyright questions?

19 - What is the typical turn around time for most trademark, use-of-name, and licensing inquiries?

All inquiries regarding such matters should be submitted to the trademark_program@harvard.edu email address and usually receive an acknowledgement within twenty-four hours (inquiries made on a Friday will typically be acknowledged on Monday, unless Monday is a holiday and then it will be acknowledged on a Tuesday). Most inquiries can be addressed within approximately 7-14 business days. However, those of a particularly complex nature may take longer to resolve.

20 - Where can I find information about Harvard’s “Use-of-Name” policies and guidelines?

The University’s policies and guidelines governing the use of the Harvard name and insignias by Harvard’s schools, units, faculty, staff and students; FAQ’s regarding those policies and guidelines; as well as information on how to apply for a “.harvard.edu” domain name or a “@harvard.edu” email alias, can be found in the “Policies and Forms” section of the Harvard Trademark Program website: click here.  For inquiries about these policies and… Read more about 20 - Where can I find information about Harvard’s “Use-of-Name” policies and guidelines?