About the ORA
Vice Provost for Research
Proposals, Grants, and Contracts
Submitting a Proposal
Internal Funding Opportunities
Technology Transfer and Economic Development
For UMSL Inventors
National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
Animal Subjects (IACUC)
Conflict of Interest
Human Subjects (IRB)
Proposals, Grants and Contracts
Animal Welfare Unit
Resources and Reports
Proposal Development Resources
Enacted in 1980, the Bayh-Dole Act (PL 96-517, Patent and Trademark Act Amendments of 1980) created a uniform policy for federal granting agencies to follow in handling inventions based on federally funded research programs. The Bayh-Dole Act was instrumental in encouraging universities to participate in technology transfer activities.
Major provisions of the Act include:
- Non-profits, including universities, and small businesses may elect to retain title to innovations developed under federally funded research programs.
- Universities are encouraged to collaborate with commercial concerns to promote the utilization of inventions arising from federal funding.
- Universities are expected to file patents on inventions they elect to own.
- Universities are expected to give licensing preference to small businesses.
- The government retains a non-exclusive license to practice the patent throughout the world.
- The government retains march-in rights.
Title 37 - Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights (Code of Federal Regulations)