Carnegie Mellon University

Trademark Licensing

The official policy for the use of Carnegie Mellon University's trademarks can be found at:

The following is a summary of the policy.

In order to comply with and assure protection under federal trademark law, Title 15, U.S.C., section(s) 1051 et seq., Carnegie Mellon is required to monitor all uses of its trademarks. Unauthorized use of Carnegie Mellon trademarks is subject to civil and criminal penalties.

The purpose of this policy is to provide information and guidelines to the university community regarding the use of Carnegie Mellon's trademarks. The overall purpose of the licensing program is to protect Carnegie Mellon University's trademarks and to promote the university.

This policy does not concern itself with patents or with use of trademarks licensed by the University Office of Technology Transfer. Contact the Office of Technology Transfer for such intellectual property issues. This policy also does not concern itself with the use of Carnegie Mellon University's trademarks on the Internet.

Who Should Use This Policy

This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, academic departments, ad hoc groups, administrative divisions/departments, alumni organizations, informal groups and student organizations. Suppliers and manufacturers of commercial and non-commercial products should follow their licensing agreement with the university.


The use of any Carnegie Mellon trademark by student organizations or groups or any third party (unless approved by the University Office of Technology Transfer) must be approved in writing by the Trademark Licensing Office prior to production of each item. The use of the university's trademarks on consumer goods produced, ordered or sold by units of Carnegie Mellon must be approved in writing by the trademark licensing officer prior to production of each item. Items include, but are not limited to,  T-shirts, coffee mugs, uniforms, etc.

Written approval is required from the Trademark Licensing Office for each specific use. Requests can be submitted via email to John Marano. Approval to use the design for one application, e.g., T-shirts, does not grant someone permission to change the design even slightly for reuse or to apply it to another item, such as a coffee mug, without seeking additional written approval from the Trademark Licensing Office.

Using a trademark on items such as letters or memos does not require permission from the Trademark Licensing Office. In addition, if an individual or department is working with University Advancement to produce an item that contains a University trademark, e.g., business cards, they do not need to seek permission from the Trademark Licensing Office. Carnegie Mellon reserves the right to approve or disapprove any use of the trademarks, even if not explicitly prohibited by this policy or these guidelines.

Selecting Suppliers

The Trademark Licensing Office has established licensing agreements with a number of suppliers who provide a variety of products. A complete list of all current licensees can be obtained  at or by contacting the Trademark Licensing Office. Individuals or groups seeking a supplier should first review this list to determine if the required items may be obtained from one of the current licensees. If it is necessary to use a supplier that is not licensed, consult the Trademark Licensing Office, though permission to do so is not guaranteed.

Contact: The Trademark Licensing Office

Established in 1994, the Trademark Licensing Office welcomes any questions you have regarding this policy or the proper use of Carnegie Mellon trademarks. Please contact John Marano, Director of Trademark Licensing, at 412-268-3904. You can learn more about the program at