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Event Archive

2017-18 Events

Sowing Solutions Through UW & Industry Partnerships

On May 16, Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council; Pam Jahnke, farm director of the WI Farm Report Radio Network; Chris Salm, CEO/co-founder of Ab E Discovery and a WARF Accelerator Program Catalyst; and Kathryn VandenBosch, dean of the UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life sciences, explored the important role university and industry partnerships play in fully realizing the Wisconsin Idea.

Gender in the Global Research Landscape

On December 6, Jo Handelsman, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, facilitated a webinar and discussion on critical issues in gender disparity and gender equity policy in scientific research, and understanding the value of empirical evidence for guiding the inclusion of women in research and innovation activities. Elsevier recently released a comprehensive report on research performance through a gender lens, and one of the authors of the report led the AUTM-sponsored webinar.

2016-17 Events

From Benchtop to Big Time

What university technologies need to make it to market

On May 17, three groups of experts associated with the WARF Accelerator Program – entrepreneurs, university researchers and industry leaders – discussed what commercial partners look for in early-stage technologies. Accelerator Program representatives also described how the program is helping prepare UW–Madison technologies for commercialization.

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Boardroom Bound

Boost your career and a company’s bottom line through board participation

Board participation is an elusive subject to many, but it particularly affects women. On February 28, WARF assistant general counsel Angela Kujak facilitated a webinar and roundtable discussion on best practices, existing programs and other efforts to demystify the process of being selected and participating on boards.

Consulting Without Conflict

Know your rights, obligations and opportunities.

On November 16, Angela Kujak, WARF assistant general counsel, moderated a panel discussion among Richelle Martin, Office of Industrial Partnerships; Jeffrey Glazer, Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic; Stephanie Leroy, Office of Research Policy; and Ann Palmenberg, department of biochemistry and Institute for Molecular Virology.

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Beyond Broader Impacts

How and why STEM engagement is part of the cycle of innovation.

On October 20, Christal Sheppard, the regional director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Erik Iverson, managing director of WARF, discussed the importance of engaging the public and future generations of inventors in STEM at a special Wisconsin Science Festival edition of Essential Topics.

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But Is It Patentable?

A discussion of what constitutes patent-eligible subject matter in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

On April 18, WARF general counsel Michael Falk moderated a discussion between the regional director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Christal Sheppard, and attorney Kevin Noonan about the implications of rulings related to software, genes and business methods.

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2015-16 Events

Cycle of Innovation

In honor of WARF's 90th anniversary, we hosted a series of talks focused on elements of the cycle of innovation: research, discovery, commercialization and investment. Some of the events were recorded and can be viewed below.


The Rationale for Basic Research
Wednesday, October 14

Nicole Nelson moderates a panel discussion among leading UW–Madison researchers Judith Kimble, John Hawks and Richie Davidson as they discuss why discovery research still matters.

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Invention: Serendipity, Necessity and Ah-ha
Thursday, October 22

John Wiley moderates a panel discussion among UW–Madison inventors Guri Sohi, Laura Kiessling, Dan Ludois and Hector DeLuca.

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From Bench to Benefit – the Anatomy of a Productive Interrelationship Between Academia and Industry
Monday, November 2

Kevin Conroy moderates a discussion with Eric Stahre, Winslow Sargeant, Tom Grist and Stephanie Adamany.

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Investing in Research, Making a Difference
Wednesday, November 18

Brad Schwartz, CEO of the Morgridge Institute for Research, moderates a discussion between Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director of WARF, and Marsha Mailick, UW-Madison vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

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2014-15 Events

How promoting diversity among inventors and entrepreneurs benefits everyone

Lada Rasochova, executive director of the California Institute for Innovation and Development, and Christal Sheppard, director of the USPTO’s Elijah J. McCoy Satellite Office, took part in a discussion about diversity moderated by WARF licensing manager Jennifer Gottwald.

This event was held on Monday, April 27.

Updates from the USPTO: The latest in applying for patents, the patent reform act and career opportunities

Following the April 15 fireside chat and discussion with USPTO Director Michelle K. Lee, Supervisory Patent Examiner Katherine Mitchell visited Madison to explain the latest updates from the patent office.

This event was presented in conjunction with the UW–Madison Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic and held on Monday, April 20. Watch the video of this event.

Presentation and reception with USPTO Director Michelle K. Lee

United States Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle K. Lee took part in a fireside chat and discussion moderated by Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

This event was held on Wednesday, April 15. Watch the video of this event.

A forum on the university’s role in promoting entrepreneurship: Myth vs. reality

Faculty, staff, students and the public were invited to join campus and WARF leaders, researchers and faculty entrepreneurs in a dialogue about the ways in which the campus supports entrepreneurial activity.

This event was held on Monday, April 13. Watch the video of this event.

Commercializing campus-produced software: A two-part miniseries

Creating and customizing software code is increasingly common on campus and reaches across many disciplines. When does such work rise to the level of invention and what opportunities might there be for broader impact and commercialization?

WARF explored these topics in a two-part series with experts from campus and beyond.

Part I: Intellectual property protection for software was held on Tuesday, September 23. Watch the video of this event.

Part II: Copyright, authorship, ownership and open source licensing
was held on Thursday, November 13. Watch the video of this event.