Club Trademark Policy



Harvard University is increasingly concerned about the ways its name and symbols (or trademarks, such as “Harvard” and the “VERITAS shield”) are being used by third parties. The Trademark Program is responsible for protecting the University’s trademarks around the world and for licensing their use by third parties. The University’s ability to both protect and control the use of its trademarks by others is enhanced because we have obtained, and are continuing to obtain, legal protection for many of Harvard’s trademarks worldwide. To the extent that the University can unify the ways its trademarks are used, the better its chances of being able to stop unauthorized third parties from using the Harvard trademarks in objectionable ways and in ways which trade on the University’s reputation. Harvard Clubs can help with this effort by notifying the Trademark Program whenever its members become aware of any unauthorized uses of the Harvard name.

Since Harvard Clubs are part of the Harvard University community, it is important that all Harvard Clubs adhere to policies set forth by the University in regard to how Harvard trademarks may be used. Harvard Clubs, like all other Harvard University units, need to comply with policies set forth in the “Policy on the Use of Harvard Names and Insignias” located on the Harvard Trademark Program’s webpage at In addition to what is set forth in the Trademark Program’s policy, the following rules apply to all Clubs:

1. All Harvard Clubs recognize that the “Harvard,” “Harvard University,” “Harvard Club,” “Harvard Alumni Association,” “VERITAS shield,” “HAA logo,” various other University School shields, and all other University trademarks are the sole property of the President and Fellows of Harvard College. All Harvard Clubs also recognize that the “Harvard Club,” “VERITAS shield,” and “HAA logo” are trademarks used with the permission of the University.

2. Harvard Clubs may not alter the Harvard “VERITAS shield” or “HAA logo” in any way. Newly created VERITAS shields or HAA logos incorporating a Harvard Club’s name or logo are not permissible.

3. Harvard Clubs may use the Harvard Graduate School shields to demonstrate their commitment to all University alumni. These shields must be used collectively and may not be altered. Newly created Graduate School shields incorporating a Harvard Club’s name or logo are not permissible.

4. All Harvard Clubs understand that they may only use the “Harvard Club” name, “HAA logo,” “VERITAS shield,” and the collective Graduate School shields and that these trademarks may only be used to identify the Club on signage, letterhead, business cards, and on some products (as defined below). Permission must be obtained from the Harvard Trademark Program in order to use these marks for any purpose other than noted above or in order to use any University trademark other than those noted above. In general, activities of the Clubs should always be described as being undertaken by the “Harvard Club of X” and not by “Harvard” or “Harvard University.”

5. Registration of any of Harvard’s trademarks anywhere in the world, including “Harvard Club” or “Harvard Club of X,” can only be done with written permission of the Trademark Program and any such registration must be owned by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.

6. Harvard Clubs may sell insignia items (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) containing the Club’s name in combination with the “VERITAS shield,” the “HAA logo,” or the collective Graduate School shields only to their members.

7. Harvard Clubs may give away items bearing the Club’s name in combination with the “HAA logo,” the “VERITAS shield,” or the collective Graduate School shields to donors or to group members.

8. Harvard Clubs may not sell any items bearing any of the University’s trademarks, including items bearing “Harvard,” “HAA logo,” the “VERITAS shield,” or the collective Graduate School shields to the general public.

In cases where a Harvard Club feels it has a situation that should be considered an exception to any of the above rules, please contact either the Harvard Trademark Program at (617) 495-9513 or or the Clubs and Shared Interest Groups Office at (800) 654-6494 (U.S.), (617) 495-5732 (international) or