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Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, designs, symbols, names and images used in commerce. Federal and state laws grant the author/creator significant rights in their intellectual property, which can be assigned by the author/creator only by specific written language. A contract is required for services/intangible goods that involve intellectual property regardless of the cost of the contract. The University's standard Consulting Agreement template includes the preferred intellectual property language to allow departments to use work product from the services on an ongoing basis. Vendor contracts should be submitted for review and modification prior to performance to protect the department's interests.

Examples include photography servicers or sound/video recordings.

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How does an entity obtain permission to use University-owned materials?

The University is often asked to grant permission to use its own copyrighted materials. Such permission should be documented in writing. Contact your Technology Advancement Office to begin the process to obtain that permission.

MU Technology Advancement Office

UMKC Office of Technology Commercialization

Missouri S&T Technology Transfer and Economic Development

UMSL Technology Transfer

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  • Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, designs, symbols, names and images used in commerce. Federal and state laws grant the author/creator significant rights in their intellectual property, which can be assigned by the author/creator only by specific written language. A contract is required for services/intangible goods that involve intellectual property regardless of the cost of the contract. The University's standard Consulting Agreement template includes the preferred intellectual property language to allow departments to use work product from the services on an ongoing basis. Vendor contracts should be submitted for review and modification┬áprior to performance to protect the department's interests.

    Examples include photography servicers or sound/video recordings.

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