Intellectual Property Protection: Why Seek a Patent?

Patenting an invention derived from OSU research is generally the first step in commercializing a technology and maximizing its value to the inventor, OSU, and society. Patenting intellectual property incentivizes the investment necessary for commercial development and protects teh interests of its creators and investors. 

IP Awareness Assessment

The IP Awareness Assessment, developed under the joint efforts of United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), allows you to assess your intellectual property awareness. Following the completion of the assessment, you will receive a customized training material.

How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search: A Step by Step Strategy (36 minutes)

A step-by-step tutorial for conducting prior art searches using the USPTO databases.