Our Process

As the designated patent management organization for the University of Wisconsin–Madison, WARF provides, free of charge, patenting and licensing services for inventions, copyrights and other intellectual property that has the potential to be commercially developed.

Please note that under university policy and certain federal statutes, all inventions made by UW–Madison faculty, staff and students must be disclosed to WARF regardless of the monies (federal, private, etc.) that funded the research leading to the invention.

Once WARF processes a new disclosure, the UW–Madison Graduate School will perform an equity review to determine who has ownership rights to the invention. If the Graduate School determines that federal funds did not contribute to the invention (and the inventor has not assigned intellectual property rights to an outside entity, such as a company), the inventor may then choose whether or not to work with WARF in patenting and licensing the invention.