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Oklahoma State University
Technology Development Center

A unit in the Division of the Vice President for Research


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Invention is an act of creating a new device, method, process or composition developed from study and experimentation that never existed before.

Most inventions can be protected by law, including Utility Patents, Plant Patents, Design Patents, Copyrights, Trade Secrets or Trademark, or by a combination of these options, which are further discussed under IP Evaluation and IP Filing.

According to U.S Patent Law a patentable invention is: Any new, useful, and non-obvious process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter that falls within the guidelines of patent-eligible subject matter. For further details on what constitutes a patentable invention, please see IP Evaluation