A trademark is a word, symbol, or design - or a combination of these - which identifies and distinguishes the goods and/or services of one party from those of another. A service mark is the same as a trademark except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a "service" rather than a "product."
Typically, a ™, or ® is used to indicate a trademark (with SM used to identify a service mark). The ™ or SM mark is used when registration has been applied for with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) but not yet been granted; however, these terms may be used regardless of whether we have filed an application to alert the public to our claim. A symbol marked with the ® notice has been registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Proper trademark usage protects and promotes the reputation of the UTHSCSA. Such use by the UTHSCSA departmental programs and individuals as well as third parties inures to the benefit or the detriment of the UTHSCSA and the Regents. All trademark prosecution is conducted at the institutional level; however, the Board of Regents is the actual owner of the marks.
In teaching, research, and other academic activities of the UTHSCSA, the name and trademarks may be used by faculty and staff subject to the normal review processes established in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP). This policy is not intended to limit use of the marks, and especially the name and seal, for legitimate purposes that fall within the normal scope of the UTHSCSA activities. All uses of these marks must properly reflect the reputation, message and visual identity of the UTHSCSA. However, when a faculty or staff member is involved in activities not directly involved with their UTHSCSA position (e.g., consulting, etc.), use of the institution's name is limited to identification of the individual's affiliation with the UTHSCSA only and no other trademarks may be used.
Current Registered Trademarks
The following list summarizes all registered trademarks for the Health Science Center, both federal and state.
Health Science Center Specific Marks
- THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT SAN ANTONIO
- WE MAKE LIVES BETTER
- POSITIVELY AGING
- STEALTH GERONTOLOGY
- CANCER THERAPY AND RESEARCH CENTER
- CTRC CANCER THERAPY AND RESEARCH CENTER
- SAN ANTONIO BREAST CANCER SYMPOSIUM
- LIFE OVER CANCER
- WE'RE CONQUERING CANCER
- UT MEDICINE SAN ANTONIO
Current System for Handling Trademark Requests
Presently, trademark requests are made in one of two ways.
- If the trademark is associated with a money-making venture, a request for the mark is made to the UTHSCSA’s South Texas Technology Management (STTM).
- For marks that concern branding for the institution, or other non-revenue generating activity such as a program at UTHSCSA that serves to mainly generate goodwill, the request goes to the OLA.
The OLA will interact with outside trademark counsel as necessary and will send the reviewed invoices from the law firm to the department for payment.