WARF generates revenue from licensing royalties and investment management.
WARF distributes 35 percent of its licensing revenue before expenses to stakeholders. For those inventors who partner with WARF, 20 percent of the gross revenues received from the licensing of their intellectual property is directed back to the inventors. An additional 15 percent of gross revenues is directed to their respective departments. The remaining 65 percent of revenue is applied against WARF’s patenting, licensing and commercialization expenses, including legal expenses. Any residual revenue is added to the endowment to be paid out in accordance with WARF’s spending guidelines.