From Campus to the World
Let’s walk through the process of making your invention available to the world:
Step one: SubmitSubmit an Invention Disclosure Report (IDR), which only takes 10-15 minutes to complete.
If you have any questions about this process, contact Leah Haman, Intellectual Property Associate:
[email protected] | 608.890.3078.
Step two: The disclosure meetingOur team will meet with you for an informal, confidential discussion about the details and possible applications of your discovery or invention.
- Public disclosure immediately prevents you from obtaining most foreign patent rights and may impact your ability to obtain U.S. patent rights.
- Patents filed prior to public disclosure have a much stronger position.
Any non-confidential disclosure, which includes many routine academic activities:
||* Published papers||
||* Catalogued theses
||* Conference abstracts
||* Open thesis defenses||
||* Funded grant applications
||* Web posts
||* Campus talks
|| * Non-confidential collaborations
||* Grand rounds||
|| * Posters
Step three: The decision committeeWARF's internal decision committee will assess your invention based on many factors, including:
- Market dynamics
- Licensing potential
- Public benefit
- Whether WARF can add value
Patents are expensive, costing $20,000 to $40,000. WARF covers this cost for the technologies we accept, as well as all other costs and legal fees.
Step four: The equity reviewThe Graduate School will perform an equity review to identify funding sources that may have contractual intellectual property obligations.
Learn more about the university's intellectual property policies here.
Step five: The memorandum agreementIf your invention is accepted, the inventor(s) and WARF enter into a memorandum agreement that defines the relationship between you and WARF. You agree to assign ownership of the invention to WARF and to work in partnership with WARF during the patenting and licensing process.
In return, WARF agrees to share royalty income with you.