Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

About the Essential Topics Series

WARF’s Essential Topics Series explores timely topics with a campus audience. Presentations have covered updates on relevant legislation such as the America Invents Act; others have featured campus researchers talking about novel discoveries and much more.

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Upcoming Events

You Invented Something! Now What?: Intellectual property basics, disclosing an invention and working with WARF

November 13, 2 p.m.

WARF’s Beth Werner will discuss different forms of intellectual property (IP), what campus researchers can do to protect their inventions and how WARF partners with campus and the business community to get technology out into the marketplace where it can make a difference in people’s lives.



Navigating Consulting Agreements, Conflicts of Interest and Outside Engagement While on Campus

November 16, 4 p.m.

Join WARF’s Stephanie Adamany and campus experts Brian Fox, OVCRGE; Robert Gratzl, Research and Sponsored Programs; and Andrew Norman, Office of Legal Affairs, to discuss what constitutes a conflict of interest, how these are managed and how to balance your outside activities with your campus commitments.



Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is: Creating meaningful networks and resources for diverse inventors

November 17, 4 p.m.

Hear from leaders of programs that have successfully addressed the invention and entrepreneurship gap that all too often finds that women and people of color are under supported and underrepresented. Featuring Idella Yamben, UW-Madison Center for Technology Commercialization (moderator); Caroline Crisafulli, The Ohio State University; Nichole Mercier, Washington University in St. Louis; Sarada, UW-Madison School of Business; Kathleen Sohar, University of Florida; and Brian Thompson, UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation.


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