We analyze the efficacy of an output as a resource from a universal quantum cloning machine in information processing tasks such as teleportation and dense coding. For this, we have considered the 3 ⊗ 3 dimensional systems. The output states are found to be NPT states for a certain range of machine parameters. Using the output state as an entangled resource, we also study the optimal fidelities of teleportation and capacities of dense coding protocols with respect to the machine parameters and make some interesting observations. Our work is motivated from the fact that the cloning output can be used as a resource in quantum information processing and adds a valuable dimension to the applications of cloning machines. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.