University of Missouri sues professor over patent

COLUMBIA | A long-running dispute between the University of Missouri and one of its professors over intellectual property is headed to federal court.

The university system filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Kansas City against chemical engineering professor Galen Suppes. The university system claims Suppes won’t release the rights to more than 30 inventions and 11 potential patents it says were developed in his Columbia campus labs.

Suppes says the university has failed to properly pursue commercial projects related to his research. He also claims that the school has a faulty process for deciding how to waive its legal rights to inventions deemed to lack the potential to make money.

The feud between the university and professor began in 2001, soon after Suppes was hired away from the University of Kansas.