WARF is a separate, independent 501(c)3 foundation which serves as the dedicated patenting and licensing organization for UW-Madison. WARF partners with UW-Madison to generate new knowledge and support long-term research opportunities. WARF is not a private foundation, but a 509(a)(3) functionally integrated supporting organization.
WARF is governed by an independent board of successful UW-Madison alumni with expertise in finance, IT, medicine, entrepreneurship, government services and basic industry. The Chancellor serves on the board as the university representative.