The UAMS Patent and Copyright Committee functions to implement the University of
Arkansas Patent and Copyright Policy (Board Policy 210.1) at UAMS. The Committee
provides a review process for disclosures of patent and copyright intellectual
property developed by members of the UAMS community. The Committee evaluates the
patentability and desirability of obtaining patent or other protection for the
submitted disclosures as well as any patent obligations to research sponsors
outside of the University.
The Committee is composed of faculty and staff that are appointed by the
Office. The current roster of members includes:
Marie Chow, Ph.D.
Guangrong Zheng, Ph.D.
Neena Grissom, R.N.
Mildred Holley, M.B.A.
Philip Mayeux, Ph.D.
Timothy O’Brien, Ph.D.
Kevin Raney, Ph.D.
Steve Schichman, M.D., Ph.D.
Larry Suva, Ph.D.
Joe Underwood, J.D., Ph.D (Chair)
Suzanne Alstadt, C.R.A. – ex officio
Larry Cornett, Ph.D. – ex officio
Teresa Shaddock, C.R.A. – ex officio
Christopher Fasel, J.D. - ex officio
Jennifer Smith, J.D. - ex officio
Ex-Officio members do not vote on decisions regarding
Each member agrees to maintain confidentiality of
disclosures reviewed and recommendations advanced relating to his or her service as a member of the
A minimum of 50% voting members (simple majority) of the
Committee must be present to develop a recommendation regarding a disclosure. Current quorum is
Meetings and Submission of Disclosures
Presently, the Committee has regularly scheduled meetings
occurring on the 1st and 3rd Friday of
each month at 1:30 p.m.
Except under unusual circumstances special meetings of the Committee will not be scheduled.
Disclosures must be submitted through the online process and will be available to Committee members at least 72 hours prior to a scheduled meeting (except under unusual circumstances).
Any member may decide to absent themselves from the review, discussion, and
decision of a disclosure. The required quorum for action on that disclosure will then become a
simple majority of the remaining voting members of the Committee as a whole.
The Committee generally meets with the inventor(s) to discuss the disclosure
and then develops a recommendation to the Chancellor.
In most cases, the recommendation will be one of the following:
the University should take all necessary steps to protect the invention,
including filing a patent
the matter should be sent to a patent management organization for
negotiations should be initiated with the research sponsor concerning
allocation of rights under
the contractual agreement; or