Inventors’ Right and Responsibilities

The University’s current procedures are based on the legal requirements of the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, federal funding agencies and from the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees’ policy regarding intellectual property, technology commercialization (BOARD POLICY 210.1) and conflicts of interest (UAMS Conflict of Interest Policy, Revised October 16, 2009). Faculty members have an obligation to disclose to the University all discoveries made during the course of both their employment and their students’ studies. Visitors using University facilities, or receiving University funding, also must submit invention disclosures.

Invention/Discovery Disclosures should be promptly submitted to the TLO. If there is any doubt about ownership of an invention, the Primary Investigator must raise this question at the time the disclosure is submitted for the campus Patent and Copyright Committee’s review.