2010:  Trademark Registration

The Center for Ethics recognized the need to protect the identity of the POLST Program because of some well-meaning groups that wanted to emulate POLST yet were not meeting the rigorous standards initially developed by the Oregon POLST Program. The concern was centered on the quality of programs and their care of patients and not concerns for any proprietary protection. The Center for Ethics in Health Care at OHSU, the initial administrative home for the National POLST Paradigm Task Force, successfully received approval and OHSU still holds three trademarks related to its efforts: "POLST," "POLST Paradigm," and the program’s visual graphic of the "O" in POLST.