To report a research discovery or invention, please download and complete the Invention Disclosure Form (UM16C). Please make sure to read the instructions on the last page of the disclosure form. If you have additional contributors to list, please use the Additional Contributors form. Make sure to attach a full description along with any manuscripts, presentations, etc., to your invention disclosure so we can best analyze your invention.

Upon completion, submit the form with original signatures to Tamara Wilgers, 341 Woods Hall (314-516-6884). Once the form is received, TTED staff will conduct an analysis to determine the invention's patentability, marketability and potential commercialization pathways.

Who must disclose inventions and what must be disclosed?

University of Missouri policies, federal law and certain funding agencies require that any discovery made or invention developed by faculty and staff, along with students who can be defined as an "employee" of the University for the inventive work, be reported. The ORA is responsible for determining the disposition of the intellectual property rights and for any required notification, whether to the federal government or other extramural sponsors.

Computer software may be an invention (i.e., patentable) covered under the federal law related to rights to inventions conceived during federally funded grants and contracts. Additionally, computer software and other types of copyrightable soft materials may be subject to intellectual property rights set forth in the sponsorship agreement. Before making any disposition of rights to copyrightable material produced under externally funded research the principal investigator should fill out an invention disclosure report and submit the form to the ORA.