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You've found the focal point on campus for intellectual property (IP) management, technology commercialization, applied-research collaborations with industry, faculty entrepreneurship – UMSL's technology transfer office (aka: TTO) is the " Office of IP Management & Commercialization." 

We help UMSL faculty, staff, and students through the process of identifying, analyzing, protecting, marketing, and potentially licensing your research discoveries, invention, and creative and digital works.

How University Research & Creativity Drives Innovation

  1. Universities compete for external and internal funding to conduct critical research. In some cases, research is conducted without grant funding.

  2. University faculty and students make groundbreaking discoveries in the lab, develop creative works, and/or work with compilations of digital images.

  3. University technology transfer offices protect such intellectual property (IP) through patents, copyrights, and/or trademarks.

  4. University technology transfer offices then help transfer the rights to use these ideas to businesses and entrepreneurs and startups.

  5. Businesses, entrepreneurs and startups develop the ideas into products that create jobs and help improve quality of life for all Americans.

    So, why do universities get involved in tech transfer? Take a look at this quick video:


Contact us for information on our latest discoveries available for licensing. Also, visit the following:

  • UMSL Innovations online marketplaceFind and express license copyrighted materials online at UMSL Innovations. We are also working to list patented technologies on this site for informational purposes.
  • UM TechFinder. Find technologies available for licensing from any of the four University of Missouri campuses. Search for "UMSL" for our campus' available inventions.

National Academy of Inventors ® (NAI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Founded in 2010, the NAI:

  • Recognizes and encourages inventors who have a patent issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Enhances the visibility of university and non-profit research institute technology and academic innovation
  • Encourages the disclosure of intellectual property
  • Educates and mentors innovative students
  • Encourages the translation of the inventions of its members to benefit society

Membership in the National Academy of Inventors is available through local university and non-profit research institute chapters only. To join the NAI, an inventor must be affiliated with an Institutional Member and be a named inventor on one or more patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) -- UMSL is a Charter Institutional Member of the NAI. In addition to regular "inventor" membership, honorary membership is recognized. 



Contact Tamara Wilgers for more information.