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About the JSC Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office

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About the JSC Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office

The Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTO) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) facilitates the transfer and commercialization of NASA-sponsored research and technology as well as the use of JSC’s unique research and development capabilities and facilities. The office works with entrepreneurs, companies, and investors, helping them license NASA-developed technologies so they can bring them to the marketplace.

We also work to develop partnerships with companies, universities, other federal agencies, and national labs that will leverage the partner’s expertise and facilities as well as JSC’s. Partnerships enable JSC to leverage technology being developed externally and infuse it into NASA programs.

 

Organization

The TTO is part of JSC’s Strategic Opportunities and Partnerships Development Office (SOPD)→, which is responsible for leading the strategy for partnerships and business development for the Johnson Space Center. The TTO and SOPD work together with NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT)→. The OCT is responsible for strategic coordination, integration, and communication of the Agency’s technology investments.

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How we work

When JSC innovators and contractors report new technologies, our team evaluates those technologies for possible commercial licensing. NASA secures patents on promising technologies and makes these inventions available to industry through technology transfer or patent licensing, which is administered by the NASA Office of General Counsel at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

We actively market technologies that show a high degree of potential, creating appropriate promotional collateral, seeking out prospective licensees, and negotiating win-win deals.

NASA has the authority to grant licenses on its domestic and foreign patents and patent applications pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 207-209. NASA has implemented this authority by means of the NASA Patent Licensing Regulations, 37 CFR § 404 →. All of NASA licenses are individually negotiated with the prospective licensee, and each license contains terms concerning practical application of the technology to a commercial product or service, license duration, royalties, and periodic reporting. NASA patent licenses may be exclusive, co-exclusive, partially exclusive, or non-exclusive.

Take a look at the information on this Web site and feel free to contact any of our professional staff to discuss your interest in:

› Partnering opportunities for mutually beneficial technology development
› Licensing our technologies

We'll walk you through the steps and send you the necessary forms to get started.


Find out more

For more information on how to work with the JSC TTO, visit our “Working with JSC" section or contact us by calling 281-483-3809 or sending e-mail to jsc-techtran@mail.nasa.gov.

Page Last Updated: January 16th, 2014
Page Editor: Lee Obringer