Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Patenting FAQs

When should I submit to WARF?

Submit your innovative solution as soon as possible, ideally BEFORE any type of public disclosure. Patents filed before public disclosure have a much stronger position. Public disclosure immediately prevents you…

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What constitutes a public disclosure?

Any non-confidential disclosure, which includes many routine academic activities, including: Scientific papers (often available online ahead of print) Catalogued theses Presentations Conference abstracts Open thesis defenses Funded grant applications Seminars…

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Does WARF file foreign patents?

We file foreign patents based on: Availability of foreign patent rights Level of licensing interest Market size and potential Whether or not you have publicly disclosed your invention Just remember:…

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