Patents

A patent is a grant from the federal government (through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) to the inventor(s) to prevent others from making, using, or selling an invention for 20 years from the date the application is filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Disclosure to OSU should be made as soon as possible after the discovery or completion of the invention process so steps can be taken to protect the inventor’s work. See the Our Process link of this Web site.

Inventors are cautioned to safeguard their potential patent rights by avoiding inadvertent disclosure to outsiders through describing the work in a grant proposal without marking it "Proprietary," reporting results in a publication more than one year before the patent application is filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and other actions. See the Avoiding Loss link of this Web site.

OSU's patent policy is set forth in OSU Policy and Procedures No. 1-0202. For information concerning this policy or the Invention Record and Report form, contact the Technology Development Center (744.5361;  cindy.malayer@okstate.edu ). Specific instructions for proceeding through the OSU patent and copyright process can be found in the Our Process link of this Web site.

Download an Invention Record and Report Form for submission to our offices.