Maximizing the Value of Technology

Washington Research Foundation is one of the most successful technology transfer groups in the country.

Since 1981, we have commercialized valuable biomedical and engineering technologies from the University of Washington and other research institutions in the state.

Our licensing program has earned over $445 million for the University of Washington. The program’s success created an endowment that has enabled us to become one of the leading grant-making and investment organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

We are active in seeking, evaluating, commercializing and protecting technology. We secure intellectual property protection and negotiate with startups and established companies to determine the optimal licensing strategy.

We have a long-term perspective. While some technologies are ready to commercialize, many others need significant development or time for the market to evolve before licensing can begin. Our long-term perspective and resources allow us to maximize licensing value.

Our team diligently tracks product development and sales, helping to ensure accurate royalty payments from licensees. We are proactive in identifying infringement of the intellectual property rights that we manage, and we vigorously defend these rights on behalf of the technologies’ inventors and originating institutions.

Our long-standing alliances with technology transfer offices and industry have benefited our client research institutions and inventors. Our share of licensing revenue supports research and scholarship in Washington state.

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