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Patent Committee Records, 1917-1963

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Patent Committee Records, 1917-1963

Predominant Dates: 1948-1963

ID: RG 021

Primary Creator: Oregon State College. Patent Committee

Extent: 1.0 cubic feet. More info below.

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.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


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.

Scope and Content Notes

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.

Biographical / Historical Notes

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.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 11 photographs; 2 boxes, including 1 oversize box; 1 microfilm reel

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: 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 Records (RG 170) and the President's Office Records (RG 013) include additional materials pertaining to patents at Oregon State University. Records of the College of Forestry Records (RG 139), College of Agricultural Sciences Records (RG 158), Bioresource Engineering Department Records (RG 001), and Department of Physics Records (RG 037) also include patent-related information. The R. H. Robinson Papers (MSS Robinson) include compilations and reviews of U.S. patents pertaining to insecticides and pest control.

Preferred Citation: Patent Committee Records (RG 021), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Oregon State College. Patent Committee
Cheldelin, Vernon H.
Goulding, R. L.
King, Tsoo E. (1916-)
Kroll, William J. (1889-1973)
LeMaster, Jerome Lloyd
Oregon State University. Patent Committee
Research Corporation
Rodgers, Jefferson B.
Rogers, Harry Stanley (1890-)
Schulein, Joseph
Sinnhuber, R. O.
Strand, A. L. (August Leroy) (1894-)

People, Places, and Topics

History of Science
Natural Resources
Oregon State College--Research.
Oregon State College. Patent Committee
Oregon State University--Research.
Oregon State University. Patent Committee
Patents and government-developed inventions--Oregon.
Research Corporation
University History

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Correspondence and General Reference File, 1917-1963
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.
Reel-Folder 1.1: American Heart Association, 1958
Reel-Folder 1.2: Anderson and Lee - Chemical Dosimeter, 1962
Reel-Folder 1.3: Anderson and Lee, 1962
Reel-Folder 1.4: Assignment Forms, undated
Reel-Folder 1.5: C.H. Blumenfeld - Management of Business and Personnel Management Procedure, 1963
Reel-Folder 1.6: Federal Agencies Policies, 1949-1962
Reel-Folder 1.7: Forest Products Laboratory Patent Policy, 1952-1953
Reel-Folder 1.8: James Fulleylove - Research Corporation, 1963
Reel-Folder 1.9: R.L. Goulding - Systemic Parasiticide, 1960-1963
Reel-Folder 1.10: Invention Submission Guides, undated
Reel-Folder 11: John G. Killian, 1960
Reel-Folder 1.12: Fedor Kudrjavocv, 1961
Reel-Folder 1.13: Robert Meredith - Ammonia Electrowinning, 1962-1963
Reel-Folder 1.14: Don Langmo, 1961
Reel-Folder 1.15: Lockwood - Jet Propulsion, 1951-1953
Reel-Folder 1.16: O.H. Muth, 1959
Reel-Folder 1.17: Walter Meyer, 1962-1963
Reel-Folder 1.18: Office of Naval Research Contracts, 1952-1953
Reel-Folder 1.19: W.A. Sandine and P.R. Elliker, 1962-1963
Reel-Folder 1.20: Policy Contracts, undated
Reel-Folder 1.21: Correspondence, Reference Materials, and Sample Patents, 1917-1963
Box-Folder 1.1: University Research and Patent Problems, 1949
Published by National Research Council.
Box-Folder 1.2: State Board Patent Policy, 1948-1963
Box-Folder 1.3: Patent Policy Committee, 1948-1963
Box-Folder 1.4: Patent Committee - A.L. Strand, 1951-1961
Box-Folder 1.5: Patent Policy and Contract Opinions - J.L. LeMaster, 1952-1953
Box-Folder 1.6: LeMaster File, 1952-1963
Box-Folder 1.7: Patent Committee - E. Yunker's File, 1948-1955
Box-Folder 1.8: Patent Committee - Yunker and Rogers, 1951-1953
Series 2: Research Corporation, 1950-1963
Series II documents the role of the Research Corporation in evaluating and investigating potential patents for Oregon State and includes correspondence and reports.
Box-Folder 1.9: General Correspondence and Contracts, 1950-1960
Box-Folder 1.10: Reports, 1961
Box-Folder 1.11: General Correspondence, 1952-1963
Box-Folder 1.12: General Correspondence and Patent Evaluations, 1951-1961
Box-Folder 1.13: Reports on Patents Held, 1952-1962
Box-Folder 1.14: Assignments, 1954
Series 3: Patents, Patent Investigations, and Patent Agreements, 1951-1958
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.
Box-Folder 1.15: Maraschino Cherry, 1951-1952
Box-Folder 1.16: H.Y. Yang - Vitamin K5 as a Food Preservative, 1958
Box-Folder 1.17: Andrea Mackey and Barbara Robins - Yeast Ready-Mix, 1953-1954
Box-Folder 1.18: D.K. Law - Preparing Protamines, 1952
Box-Folder 1.19: E.F. Kurth - Producing Quercetin from Barks, 1952
Box-Folder 1.20: C.H. Wang - Radiorespirometer, 1958
Includes 6 photographs.
Box-Folder 1.21: Charles J. Filz - Lubricating Device for Power Saw, 1954
Box-Folder 1.22: D.M. Stuart - Smith, Kline, and French Laboratories, 1957-1958
Box-Folder 1.23: W.T. Lund - A Teaching Aid Designed to Illustrate Diameter Development in a Plant Stem, 1954
Box-Folder 1.24: Asa A. Robley - Divided Platen Hydraulic Veneer Press, 1955-1956
Box-Folder 1.25: V.H. Cheldelin and T.E. King - S. Acetyl pantetheine, 1953-1956
Box-Folder 1.26: Tsoo E. King - Process and Intermediates for Production of Pantetheine, 1952-1956
Box-Folder 1.27: Slabaugh - American Can Company, 1954-1955
Box-Folder 1.28: Sinnuber - Animal Feeds, 1952
Box-Folder 1.29: L.W. Bonnickson - Pre-Fab Panel for Pole-Type Construction, 1956
Box-Folder 1.30: E.W. Harvey - Canned Crab, 1952-1953
Box-Folder 1.31: A.P. Sidwell and R.F. Caine - Colorimeter, 1954
Box-Folder 1.32: V.H. Cheldelin and R.W. Newburgh - D-Serine, 1955
Box-Folder 1.33: R.O. Sinnhuber - Fish Meal, 1952-1953
Box-Folder 1.34: Clara W. Edaburn - Functional Dresses, 1951-1952
Box-Folder 1.35: C.J. Stewart - Improvement to B-Altheine, 1952-1953
Box-Folder 1.36: W.J. Kroll, 1956-1957
Box-Folder 1.37: Microorganism Dosimeter, 1956
Box-Folder 1.38: Mint Still, 1952
Box-Folder 1.39: F. Decker -- Ozone Determining Device, 1953
Box-Folder 1.40: Ralph Bogart - Pelleted Ration, 1954
Box-Folder 2.1: Soil Fumigation Blade; D.E. Kirk - Irrigation Pipe Straightener, 1954-55
Includes 2 photographs and plans

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