UPDATE: UM System sues professor over patents
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:44 p.m. CST
BY ALAN SCHER ZAGIER/The Associated PressCOLUMBIA
— A long-running dispute between MU and one of its professors over intellectual property is headed to federal court.
The UM System filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City against chemical engineering professor Galen Suppes. The system claims Suppes won't release the rights to more than 30 inventions and 11 potential patents it says were developed in his UM labs.
Suppes said he believes it's that pursuit of royalties, not any allegiance to its researchers, that drives the university's decisions.
"The only time they showed interest is when I informed them that royalties had been paid," he said.
He cited numerous e-mails, disclosure forms and other updates he offered to campus patent lawyers and technology administrators that went unheeded until the money started flowing. The lawsuit charges Suppes and Sutterlin with filing "multiple patent applications" without telling the university, as required under campus rules...(more)