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Shelly Bachus, Policy Director
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4730

Patent Policy
Board of Governors Policy 3.1.030
Approved by the Board of Regents on May 13, 1987

The Board of Governors for the University of Central Missouri recognizes research is an integral part of the educational process to generate new knowledge, encourage the spirit of inquiry, and develop scientists, technicians, and other scholars and professionals. As a result of such research, new discoveries and inventions may be made by faculty, staff and students of the university which could have material commercial value and which could contribute significantly to the scientific, technological, social, and cultural well-being of the community, state, and nation. In the best interests of the public, the investor, the university, and under certain circumstances the government, these accomplishments should be patented.

A privilege which faculty and professional staff enjoy, as a function of employment at the University of Central Missouri, is the use of university facilities and equipment for research activities and other creative endeavors which may lead to a discovery of a worldwide patentable nature be reported in writing to the appropriate department chair and college dean.

Worldwide patent rights resulting from research activities of faculty, staff or students of the university from institutionally-sponsored and reported research are subject to individual agreements between the inventor and the university. The inventor will normally receive 30 percent of the net financial return from the sale, licensing or other transfer of such patent rights. Absent specific agreements between the inventor and the university, the Board of Governors retains such property.

Patent rights resulting from the personal and independent research of faculty, staff and students outside their assigned and sponsored research and beyond the use of the university facilities and equipment are the sole property of the inventor. In resources, the university shall have a royalty free non-transferable right to use the invention.

Patent rights resulting from government sponsored research, grants, contracts, fellowships or other such arrangements are governed by the terms of those agreements, but as between the university and the faculty, staff or students involved, this patent policy shall be controlling.

Approved by the Board of Regents on May 13, 1987
Formatting updated August 1, 2007