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Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Document ID: A7004-0H2P Posted on: 01/03/2013 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time

Intellectual Property Associate

The Organization:

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is a world leader in university‐based technology transfer. Since its founding in 1925, WARF has bridged the worlds of academia and business to transform university research into real products that benefit society. As a private, nonprofit supporting organization to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, long a top‐ranked public research university, WARF’ s mission is to promote, encourage and aid scientific research at the university. It does so by patenting and licensing university inventions, and by playing an active role in UW–Madison spin‐off companies, for the benefit of the university, its inventors and humankind.


WARF carefully manages an endowment, grown since its inception, to support continued research at the university and the cycle of investment, research and invention. It often is referred to as the “gold standard” among its peers for its pioneering beginnings, long success in commercializing breakthrough technologies, and its operational expertise and integrity. Since making its first grant of $1,200 in 1928, WARF has contributed more than $1 billion to UW–Madison through annual "margin of excellence'' grants and other funding.

The Opportunity:

WARF seeks an Intellectual Property Associate to work with the Intellectual Property Managers in their interaction with faculty members, staff, students and outside counsel to identify and protect inventions resulting from University research. In addition the IP Associate assists in patent prosecution and disclosure related tasks.  Specific responsibilities include – coordinating correspondence and prosecution matters, conducting preliminary prior art analysis, coordinating market analysis for new disclosures, attending disclosure decision meetings, organizing the assembly of primary materials from inventors, assisting in preparing presentations and handouts, and helping in reviewing literature and patent searches.

Candidate Requirements: 

The successful candidate must be committed to WARF's mission to support world‐class research at the University of Wisconsin and bring innovative ideas to market to benefit humankind. Ideal candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, chemistry or engineering and a minimum of two years industry experience. In addition, previous experience or interest in intellectual property, interest in becoming a patent agent, and ability to converse on scientific and technical matters in a variety of disciplines with investigators, outside counsel and non‐scientific staff is strongly preferred. Strong communication skills, ability to multi‐task and prioritize, and high level of accuracy and attention to detail are required.


Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a cover letter and resume via the online career portal within the career section at:

WARF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.