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Frequently Asked Questions on Invention Assignment Agreement

The Curators of the University of Missouri (“University”) now requires all existing faculty, staff and new hires to execute a written invention assignment agreement for inventions that employees make within the scope of their University duties.  As explained below, the written invention assignment agreement helps the University ensure that it can meet its obligations under its many sponsored research agreements, including federal grant awards that are subject to the Bayh-Dole Act.  This document explains in more detail why we do this and the scope of the assignment for faculty and staff.

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#1: What is the Bayh-Dole Act?

#2:Why am I being asked to disclose and assign my Invention to the University via this process?

#3: How does assignment relate to the Bayh-Dole Act?

#4: What is the scope of the assignment?

#5: Why does the written invention assignment agreement contain a “further assurances” clause?

#6: What happens if I disagree with the factual accuracy of a document that the University later asks me to sign under the “further assurances” clause?

#7: Why do I need to assign upon hire/at this time?

#8: Is our institution’s approach to requiring written invention assignment agreements unusual?

#9: If I sign the form, what happens if I believe I own a particular invention and not the University?

#10: What happens if I do not sign the written invention assignment form?

Reviewed 2020-01-06