For UW Inventors

Your Idea Can Benefit the World

Submit an Invention Disclosure

 

PARTNERING WITH UW–MADISON FACULTY, STUDENTS & STAFF


WARF advances UW–Madison discoveries to benefit society. Since 1925, we have helped thousands of patents find real-world applications to make a difference in countless lives and have invested more than $2 billion (adjusted for inflation) back into the university to fund more research.

It’s never too early to talk to us about your idea. UW–Madison selected WARF to receive all invention disclosures from faculty, staff and students. This policy allows WARF and the university to review any contractual obligations associated with your discovery to be sure you move forward in the right direction. WARF is a proud partner and offers generous returns, advances technologies to the marketplace and defends intellectual property.

 

GETTING STARTED


Your first step is to fill out a brief Invention Disclosure Report (IDR) to tell us about your idea. If you have any questions about this process, contact Leah Haman, Intellectual Property Associate: lhaman@warf.org | 608.890.3078.




Why work with WARF?

  • Our experts simplify the patenting and tech transfer process
  • WARF covers all legal costs
  • 20% of royalties (before expenses) go to you
  • 15% of royalties go to your department to fund future research. Learn more about how the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education distributes the funding
  • We work to maximize the potential of your invention by licensing to commercial partners
     



Researchers making a difference

Millions of lives have been improved by discoveries made at UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research, including:

  • New pharmaceuticals to treat disease
  • Safer foods
  • Healthier farm animals
  • Faster computers
See Success Stories
 

EVERY STEP OF THE WAY


We are your resource. Contact us any time to schedule a confidential, informal discussion. Our team of professionals will talk you through the process of bringing your innovation from campus to the world. You can also review our step-by-step summary of the tech transfer process.

Learn about our process

Meet our team


RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHERS


WARF provides expertise, funding and more resources to help inventors further develop technologies:




Why work with WARF?

  • Our experts simplify the patenting and tech transfer process
  • WARF covers all legal costs
  • 20% of royalties (before expenses) go to you
  • 15% of royalties go to your department to fund future research. Learn more about how the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education distributes the funding
  • We work to maximize the potential of your invention by licensing to commercial partners



Researchers making a difference

Millions of lives have been improved by discoveries made at UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research, including:

  • New pharmaceuticals to treat disease
  • Safer foods
  • Healthier farm animals
  • Faster computers
See Success Stories