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Oklahoma State University
Technology Development Center

A unit in the Division of the Vice President for Research

About TDC

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The mission of the Technology Development Center is to foster the creation of innovative technologies and to manage those technologies and other intellectual property for the benefit of the University and the public.



The Technology Development Center (TDC) at Oklahoma State University assists faculty and staff members, administrators, and students with intellectual property issues resulting from their scholarly and creative activities.

Although OSU long has been involved in the protection of its intellectual property, the office was established formally in 1998 following passage of State Questions 680 and 681. This legislation authorized academic institutions and their employees to own and commercialize the technologies they develop and to hold an interest in private business.

This coincides with the provisions of the federal Bayh-Dole Act (1980), which encourages universities to participate in technology transfer activities and to commercialize inventions that result from federally funded research.

The work of TDC responds to these charges and fulfills the third part of OSU’s threefold mission: 1) teaching, 2) research and scholarly activity, and 3) dissemination of knowledge.



Our Commitment to Researchers and Scholars

We are committed to serving the research community of Oklahoma State University—this includes students and staff in addition to faculty members. We are available to review your intellectual property with you; we will then explore the best possible solution for managing it.

We provide the timeliest response possible to user needs. Because there are a number of entities and people involved in the protection and licensing processes, it takes time.

Inventor Involvement

The active participation of the inventor is essential to the success of the licensing endeavor. It helps us help you! (Studies show that inventors develop 50-80 percent of licensing leads.)

Inventors provide background information and insights to intellectual property personnel and patent attorneys regarding prior art and potential uses and applications of the invention as well as likely licensing prospects. This participation strengthens the position of the University in the licensing process.



The Technology Development Center at Oklahoma State University is responsible for managing the intellectual property assets of the University.

In carrying out our mission, we:

Assist faculty, staff, and students with the disclosure process

  • Review disclosures with inventors to learn about potential applications
  • Perform technical and market assessments to evaluate the commercial prospects of an invention
  • Work with patent counsel to assess patentability and to provide appropriate legal protection
  • Recruit prospective licensees
  • Negotiate licensing agreements
  • Disburse royalty fees to colleges, departments, and inventors
  • Advise inventors regarding germane policies and procedures, including conflict of interest
  • Facilitate confidentiality agreements
  • Review and assist with research collaboration agreements as needed
  • Facilitate material transfer agreements for biological materials

NOTE: Use of the word “invention” above includes software, multimedia, etc. Although a copyright would be required rather than a patent, the process is largely the same.