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The policies on this webpage have been streamlined and reformatted, and are now available on the University Policies webpage. We ask that you use this new resource, as future changes, additions to or eliminations of these policies will only be made to the University Policies webpage, and policy manuals you may have used in the past will no longer be updated. 

BPM-103 Patents

Revised July 1, 2015

Each campus of the University of Missouri System has a technology transfer office (TTO) that serves as the focal point for technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, business development, and economic development. Each office works to identify, assess, protect and market commercially viable intellectual property developed at the University of Missouri and promotes economic development by facilitating the commercialization of intellectual property through a variety of innovative mechanisms.

The TTO can assist the faculty in, among other things, identifying potentially patentable and commercially viable findings, the filing of invention reports of such findings, and the steps to be taken to establish record of conception, disclosures, and publication restrictions. Faculty can contact their campus technology transfer office to obtain information on disclosing inventions to the university and working with the office to evaluate the technical and commercial potential of the invention.

Contact information for each campus technology transfer office can be found at:


Patent Policy

The university’s patent policy is promulgated in Section 100.020 of the Collected Rules & Regulations. The complete patent policy can be found at:

For any questions regarding the university’s patent policy, please contact your campus technology transfer office using the link provided above.