Patent Committee Records, 1917-1963  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Oregon State University. Patent Committee.
Title
Patent Committee Records
Dates
1917-1963 (inclusive)
1948-1963 (bulk)
Quantity
1 cubic foot, including 11 photographs, (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
1 microfilm reel
Collection Number
RG 021
Summary
The Patent Committee Records document the development and management of patent policy for Oregon State University and include correspondence, reference materials, committee minutes, documents about specific inventions and patent investigations, reports, and patents and patent applications. The Patent Committee was established at Oregon State College in the late 1940s.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Patent Committee (also known as the Committee on Patent Policy) was established at Oregon State College in the late 1940s to insure that inventions developed at Oregon State were patented or to waive the state's rights to a potential patent. Oregon State faculty were required to report potential patentable inventions to the committee. The committee counseled with the inventor, evaluated patent possibilities, and negotiated contractual agreements in conjunction with the Chancellor of the State System of Higher Education.

Beginning in the early 1950s, Oregon State contracted with the Research Corporation to investigate, evaluate, and manage patents for the college.

Committee members through the early 1960s included chairs Joseph Schulein and E.A. Yunker as well as J.B. Rodgers and J.L. LeMaster.

The primary functions of the Patent Committee are currently performed by the Office of Technology Transfer in the Oregon State University Research Office.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Patent Committee Records document the development and management of patent policy for Oregon State University. The records include substantive correpondence between the committee and A.L. Strand, OSU president, as well as the Research Corporation, which evaluated and managed patents for Oregon State. The records include materials pertaining to numerous inventions by Oregon State faculty, including Vernon H. Cheldelin, R.L. Goulding, Tsoo E. King, W.J. Kroll, R.O. Sinnhuber, and C.H. Wang. A file pertaining to the maraschino cherry is included. Some of the patent files contain photographs and plans or drawings for the inventions.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Patent Committee Records (RG 021), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

The records are arranged in three series: I. Correspondence and General Reference File, 1917-1963; II. Research Corporation, 1950-1963; III. Patents, Patent Investigations, and Patent Agreements, 1951-1958.

Acquisition Information

Microfilmed records were acquired by the Archives in the 1960s and microfilmed in 1969. The paper records were acquired with Physics Department Records, probably in the 1970s or early 1980s; they were transferred to this collection in 2000.

Related Materials

Patent Committee records for 1963-1969 are part of the College of Engineering Records (RG 062). The Research Office (RG 170) and President's Office (RG 013) Records include additional materials pertaining to patents at Oregon State University. Records of the College of Forestry (RG 139), College of Agricultural Sciences (RG 158), Bioresource Engineering Department (RG 001), and Physics Department (RG 037) also include patent-related information. The R.H. Robinson Papers include compilations and reviews of U.S. patents pertaining to insecticides and pest control.


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Correspondence and General Reference File, 1917-1963Return to Top

Series I documents the establishment of patent policies and procedures for Oregon State and includes materials pertaining to specific inventions as well as the files of several Patent Committee members, including E. Yunker and J.L. LeMaster. The series includes extensive correspondence with Oregon State president A.L. Strand regarding patent policy.

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel
1
1: American Heart Association
1958
1
2: Anderson and Lee - Chemical Dosimeter
1962
1
3: Anderson and Lee
1962
1
4: Assignment Forms
undated
1
5: C.H. Blumenfeld - Management of Business and Personnel Management Procedure
1963
1
6: Federal Agencies Policies
1949-1962
1
7: Forest Products Laboratory Patent Policy
1952-1953
1
8: James Fulleylove - Research Corporation
1963
1
9: R.L. Goulding - Systemic Parasiticide
1960-1963
1
10: Invention Submission Guides
undated
1
11: John G. Killian
1960
1
12: Fedor Kudrjavocv
1961
1
13: Robert Meredith - Ammonia Electrowinning
1962-1963
1
14: Don Langmo
1961
1
15: Lockwood - Jet Propulsion
1951-1953
1
16: O.H. Muth
1959
1
17: Walter Meyer
1962-1963
1
18: Office of Naval Research Contracts
1952-1953
1
19: W.A. Sandine and P.R. Elliker
1962-1963
1
20: Policy Contracts
undated
1
21: Correspondence, Reference Materials, and Sample Patents
1917-1963
box 1
University Research and Patent Problems
Published by National Research Council.
1949
box 1
State Board Patent Policy
1948-1963
box 1
Patent Policy Committee
1948-1963
box 1
Patent Committee - A.L. Strand
1951-1961
box 1
Patent Policy and Contract Opinions - J.L. LeMaster
1952-1953
box 1
LeMaster File
1952-1963
box 1
Patent Committee - E. Yunker's File
1948-1955
box 1
Patent Committee - Yunker and Rogers
1951-1953

Series II:  Research Corporation, 1950-1963Return to Top

Series II documents the role of the Research Corporation in evaluating and investigating potential patents for Oregon State and includes correspondence and reports.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
General Correspondence and Contracts
1950-1960
1
Reports
1961
1
General Correspondence
1952-1963
1
General Correspondence and Patent Evaluations
1951-1961
1
Reports on Patents Held
1952-1962
1
Assignments
1954

Series III:  Patents, Patent Investigations, and Patent Agreements, 1951-1958Return to Top

Series III consists of materials documenting equipment, tools, or processes developed by Oregon State faculty and the consideration of them for patent applications. The files include patents, patent applications and agreements, correspondence, publications, notes of Patent Committee members, meeting minutes, plans, drawings, and photographs.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Maraschino Cherry
1951-1952
1
H.Y. Yang - Vitamin K5 as a Food Preservative
1958
1
Andrea Mackey and Barbara Robins - Yeast Ready-Mix
1953-1954
1
D.K. Law - Preparing Protamines
1952
1
E.F. Kurth - Producing Quercetin from Barks
1952
1
C.H. Wang - Radiorespirometer
Includes 6 photographs.
1958
1
Charles J. Filz - Lubricating Device for Power Saw
1954
1
D.M. Stuart - Smith, Kline, and French Laboratories
1957-1958
1
W.T. Lund - A Teaching Aid Designed to Illustrate Diameter Development in a Plant Stem
1954
1
Asa A. Robley - Divided Platen Hydraulic Veneer Press
1955-1956
1
V.H. Cheldelin and T.E. King - S. Acetyl pantetheine
1953-1956
1
Tsoo E. King - Process and Intermediates for Production of Pantetheine
1952-1956
1
Slabaugh - American Can Company
1954-1955
1
Sinnuber - Animal Feeds
1952
1
L.W. Bonnickson - Pre-Fab Panel for Pole-Type Construction
1956
1
E.W. Harvey - Canned Crab
1952-1953
1
A.P. Sidwell and R.F. Caine - Colorimeter
1954
1
V.H. Cheldelin and R.W. Newburgh - D-Serine
1955
1
R.O. Sinnhuber - Fish Meal
1952-1953
1-2
Soil Fumigation Blade
Includes 2 photographs and plans (housed in oversize box).
1954
1
Clara W. Edaburn - Functional Dresses
1951-1952
1
C.J. Stewart - Improvement to B-Altheine
1952-1953
1
W.J. Kroll
1956-1957
1
Microorganism Dosimeter
1956
1
Mint Still
1952
1
F. Decker -- Ozone Determining Device
1953
1
Ralph Bogart - Pelleted Ration
1954
1-2
D.E. Kirk - Irrigation Pipe Straightener
Includes 3 photographs and plans (housed in oversize box).
1954-1955

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Patents and government-developed inventions--Oregon.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon State College--Research.
  • Oregon State University--Research.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Cheldelin, Vernon H. (creator)
    • Goulding, R. L. (creator)
    • King, Tsoo E., 1916- (creator)
    • Kroll, William J., 1889-1973 (creator)
    • LeMaster, Jerome Lloyd. (creator)
    • Rodgers, Jefferson B. (creator)
    • Schulein, Joseph. (creator)
    • Sinnhuber, R. O. (creator)
    • Strand, A. L. (August Leroy), 1894- (creator)
    • Yunker, Edwin Arthur. (creator)
    Corporate Names
    • Oregon State College. Patent Committee. (creator)
    • Research Corporation. (creator)