Penn Center for Innovation

Visit The University of Pennsylvania’s Policy Page and the Human Resources Policy portal for a listing of campus wide policies.  For information about policies specific to Penn Medicine or one of Penn’s 12 Schools, consult the website of the individual health system or school.


It is the responsibility of all staff, faculty, and students to understand and follow the University’s policies and stay up-to-date on changes.


Patent Policy

Policies regarding intellectual property are contained in the Patent Policy.

The University of Pennsylvania’s patent policy establishes a partnership between the University and its faculty, staff and students that facilitates the protection and commercialization of intellectual property developed at Penn.  It provides a means for Inventors to receive a generous share of any income that is derived from the licensing of inventions they create as Penn employees and creates a means for faculty members to participate in company formation, receive equity and conduct personal consulting activities with outside companies.  In addition, it helps to manage and resolve potential conflicts of interest between the institution and its Inventors.


Conflicts of Interest Policy

Avoidance of Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest Policy Related to Research


October 17, 2017“Penn Center for Innovation Announces Changes in Income Distributions to Faculty Inventors.”


Guidelines for Use of Penn Trademarks

Background: The name “Penn” and symbols associated with the University of Pennsylvania such as the university seal and the (Penn “P”) are registered trademarks. Unauthorized use of trademarks on goods or services offered for sale is counterfeiting and is punishable under both federal and state laws.

PCI is authorized to grant licenses for use of Penn’s trademarks on items offered for sale. The most important objective of the licensing program is to guard against inappropriate use of Penn’s trademarks. The quality of the product bearing the trademark and the design incorporating the trademark are reviewed prior to licensing.

Guidelines: Any items offered for sale to the public bearing Penn’s trademarks must be licensed. There are no exceptions. However, items acquired by a University department or affiliated group via a University purchase order for internal University use do not require a license.

University departments, affiliated groups, or faculty/staff/students selling items bearing Penn trademarks for fundraising or other purposes must acquire such items from a licensed supplier or be licensed if they are self-producing the items or using a non-licensed supplier. Camera-ready artwork of Penn trademarks is provided with the License Agreement. There is a royalty fee which is normally a percentage of the wholesale value of items sold.

Use of Penn trademarks on items not sold to the public (such as give-away items or for charity events) requires permission and may be subject to a user fee.


Export Control Laws

Read Penn’s Export Control Memo from the Dean of Research contained in the Export Control Laws section of the ORS website.