- Agreement management (MTA, CDA, MOU, licensing etc.)
- Intellectual property management
- Assistance with research disclosure submission
- Patent and literature searches for patentability assessment
- Review of draft manuscripts for patentability prior to submission
- Patent prosecution and maintenance
- Strategic marketing and market analysis
- Interface with corporate licensing executives
- Conflict of interest management for faculty start-ups and other MURA approved companies
- Assistance with identifying sponsored project activities that may result in patentable inventions
- Departmental seminars on technology management issues
Please submit forms via email to DTM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Research Disclosure Form
- Discoveries by faculty, staff and student personnel are the property of The University of Mississippi and should be reported promptly to the ORSP Division of Technology Management (DTM) according to the UM Patent and Invention Policy. For more information, see the Quick Guide to the Research Disclosure Process.
- Request to Draft a Confidential Disclosure Agreement
- A Confidential Disclosure Agreement or CDA (also known as a Non-Disclosure Agreement or NDA) is a legal contract which protects the confidential information generated at UM and/or that of our outside collaborators. For more information, see Confidential Disclosure Agreements.
- Request to Draft a Material Transfer Agreement
- A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a legal contract which designates the terms to be followed for the transfer of experimental materials (biological, mechanical, electronic, etc.) coming into or going out of the University. For more information, see Material Transfer Agreements.
- Request to Draft a Memorandum of Understanding
- A Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, typically defines how intellectual property will be shared and the roles and responsibilities of the involved parties. If you are planning to enter into a collaborative relationship with an outside party, it is important to discuss the possibility of an MOU with our office. For more information, see Memoranda of Understanding and Inter-Institutional Agreements.
- Filing and Processing Research Disclosures
- Research Disclosure Flow Chart
- Distribution of Equity Resulting from the Licensing of Intellectual Property
- Management of Procedures
- Determination of Inventors and Distribution of Licensing Income
- Dispute Resolution
- Release of Technologies Developed by University Employees
- Protecting Confidentiality of Research Information
It is important when thinking about starting your own company that you evaluate both the risks and benefits of such an endeavor.
Benefits of Start-Ups
Start-ups have the potential to produce significant opportunities for the owner(s), the University, and the surrounding community. Given the right set of circumstances, start-ups can:
- bring a technology to market more quickly than can be done at a large company
- create jobs within the local community and region
- increase the value of a technology to outside partner companies by completing proof-of-concept studies or by making prototypes
- diversify the financial return risk with an equity stake/ownership in the business (the University can benefit from the business success of more than just their own technology)
- aid University research and faculty retention
Considerations For Forming A Start-Up Company
A few key risk factors when considering a start-up company are:
- development risk (often large companies in established industries are unwilling to take the risk)
- development costs versus investment return (is the company adequately funded and can the investors obtain their needed rates of return)
- potential for multiple products or services from the same technology (few companies survive on one product alone, but a startup company must focus on a few initial opportunities)
- sufficiently large competitive advantage and target market
- potential revenues sufficient to sustain and grow a company
Ultimately, starting a new company can often be one of the most rewarding experiences of any researcher's career. In some instances, forming a new business entity can also be the most efficient way to bring a product into the commercial market. Start-up companies typically specialize in the concentrated development of a few key technologies rather than having a broad focus on many technologies. In all cases, starting your own company requires resourcefulness and creativity, a competitive spirit, a strong desire to succeed financially, and a great deal of commitment.
Links for Start-Up Companies
Company Creation Resources (including sample business plan)
- Mississippi Development Authority
- University of Mississippi Small Business Development Center
- Innovate Mississippi
Economic Development and Funding Resources
- Southeastern Universities Research Association - SURAfund Initiative
- Tennessee Valley Authority Economic Development
- MyBiz Entrepreneur Network
Our Mission and Role for UM
Our mission is to stimulate, protect, manage and transfer intellectual property from the University to the private sector for commercialization. Our goal is to fulfill this mission while also enabling you to freely publish and present your work as part of your scholarly research activities. We encourage you to discuss us any questions or concerns you may have, no matter how early the stage of your research.
Many academic and research projects have the potential to create marketable products or technologies. The DTM, in concert with University of Mississippi research centers and academic departments, helps identify research with commercial potential and promote its appropriate realization in the marketplace.
We assist faculty, staff and student personnel in fulfilling their responsibility to cooperate with the University in patenting, licensing, and commercializing technology for which they are inventors. The DTM works to stimulate the development of alliances with development partners based on the technology strengths of the University in order to strengthen U.S. industry, especially industry in Mississippi, and works to ensure that inventions conceived and developed in our laboratories are protected and commercialized for the benefit of the inventors, the University, the State of Mississippi, and society.
DTM is responsible for administration of the UM Patents and Inventions Policy and the UM Copyright Policy, as it pertains to intellectual property. Drafting and execution of relevant agreements is a key part of this responsibility. Our office negotiates and manages Material Transfer Agreements, Confidential Disclosure Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, Inter-Institutional Agreements and Licensing Agreements, as well as others.