The patenting process at UW begins when you report your innovation or discovery. To report your innovation, fill out a Record of Invention (ROI) form on the UW C4C website. (See Reporting an Innovation FAQs for additional information on the ROI process.) Once we receive your ROI, a technology manager will be assigned to your case and will meet with you to learn more about your innovation. Together with a patent agent, your technology manager will evaluate both the commercial potential and likely patentability of your innovation. If it is determined that a patent should be part of the intellectual property strategy for your innovation, UW C4C will work with you to file a patent application. A patent application may be as simple as filing a copy of your recent manuscript, or it may involve meeting with a UW C4C patent agent and outside counsel to discuss your innovation in preparation for drafting a full patent application.