Intellectual Property

What is It?

Researchers are required to disclose their discoveries and inventions arising from research conducted at UWGB. WiSys Technology Foundation serves as the technology transfer organization for the UWGB campus. Faculty, academic staff, and students are encouraged to discuss patent and intellectual property issues with WiSys, a subsidiary of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation chartered to support research and to assist UW System campuses by protecting and licensing inventions created by UW System researchers.

Disclosure to WiSys should occur PRIOR to any public disclosure (e.g. oral presentation/slides, manuscript, conference abstract, poster presentation). In the U.S., patent law allows a researcher up to one year to protect their intellectual property; however, in other countries, patent rights are lost immediately upon public disclosure.

The role of external sources of support on an invention varies by sponsor. The intellectual property ownership for inventions developed with the assistance of federal funds (e.g., grant award) are generally vested with the faculty and/or staff involved in the project. Researchers are expected to disclose intellectual property developed with federal funds to the appropriate agency in a timely manner.

Contact

Mads Gjefsen, PhD
Regional Associate, WiSys
857-756-0580
mjefsen@wisys.org
WiSys Website