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January 23, 2009

Protecting intellectual property is everyone’s job

One of UPMC’s most valuable assets is its intellectual property. UPMC’s intellectual property is much more than just patented inventions — it also includes trademarks and a vast amount of copyrighted written material generated within UPMC. Because this material is often used in educational or training programs and presentations, protecting UPMC’s intellectual property is the job of everyone who prepares these presentations.

To help safeguard UPMC’s intellectual property, follow these simple guidelines:

  • A general copyright notice should be included at the beginning or end of all UPMC educational and/or training materials: 

    Notice: Information contained within this presentation is the sole intellectual property of UPMC. The information is for the use of the intended recipient(s) only and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, replication, duplication, use, disclosure, or distribution is prohibited.
  • Any presentation that displays the UPMC logo should be copyrighted by including the copyright symbol © and/or the word “Copyright,” the year of first publication, and the name of the copyright owner, such as: © Copyright 2008 UPMC.
  • It is not necessary to register a copyrighted work with the U.S. Copyright Office, although certain advantages can be obtained by registration. If you have copyright questions, contact Tracey Beiriger, Esq., vice president, International and Commercial Services Division, and associate counsel, at
  • Always use the official UPMC logo and brand in educational and training materials. Approved UPMC PowerPoint presentation templates are available at Written content should adhere to the UPMC Style Guide, available at
  • Do not use the University of Pittsburgh seal in any presentation or document without first obtaining permission through Ms. Beiriger.

For more information about preparing appropriate training and educational materials, contact Tony Gigliotti, director, Corporate Learning Systems, Corporate Learning and Development, at

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