The primary objective of academic technology transfer is the development and commercialization of academic research findings, ensuring research ultimately reaches and benefits the public. Relationships with industry are an increasingly common and important part of research and education at UMSL.

Our staff work with UMSL researchers to identify intellectual property (IP) and the optimal approach to protect and commercialize it. During evaluation, we consider IP protection, commercial potential, possible economic impact, whether a startup company should be formed and the inventor's future research plans in deciding how to proceed.

Disclose your invention today! Find more information below and in our Technology Transfer FAQs.


Intellectual property (IP) is property that can be protected under federal law including copyrightable works, ideas, discoveries, and inventions. The four key classes of intellectual property are patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

Additional Information on IP:

Intellectual Property in Student-Developed Inventions: FAQs

(For Students and Faculty)

Ownership of the inventions created by students enrolled on a campus of the University of Missouri System (“University of Missouri” or “University”) is governed primarily by Collected Rule and Regulation (“CR&R”) 100.020.D.6. This document is intended to provide the University’s faculty members and students with guidance in its interpretation.

The Frequently Asked Questions address the ownership of student-generated inventions vis-à-vis the student and the University when the student is a legal inventor. Importantly, even if the University does not have ownership of an invention via the student-inventor’s contribution, in many instances, the University may still have an ownership interest in the invention via the inventor contributions of a faculty member or other University employee. That is, the invention may have both a student-inventor who is not obligated to assign his/her rights in the invention to the University and a co-inventor who is obligated to assign his/her rights in the invention to the University. If that is the case, the University and the student will co-own the intellectual property rights in the invention.

Invention Disclosure Evaluation and Commercialization Pathways
The flowchart below shows each stage of the disclosure evaluation process. After the initial review stages, and at intervals through the evaluation, the disclosure file is reviewed to determine whether to invest University resources. In many cases, the need for a decision will be in response to an upcoming deadline. → Download Evaluation Flowchart (PDF)
Invention Disclosure Evaluation Flowchart
PATENT RIGHTS - Inventions & Discoveries
Any income resulting from licensing patent rights are distributed among the inventor, the inventor's department, and the University (per UM Collected Rules & Regulations 100.020):
Before expenses:
  • 1/3 to the inventor(s)
After expenses and inventor's share are deducted, the remaining income is divided and distributed as follows:
  • 2/9 to the faculty inventor's department(s)
  • 2/9 to UMSL to support technology transfer activities
  • 2/9 to the UM System patent fund
COPYRIGHTS
Revenues brought in from licensing copyrights are distributed as follows (per UM Collected Rules & Regulations 100.030) after an administrative fee:
  • 1/2 of net income to the author(s)
  • 1/2 of net income to the author's department(s)