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.
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.
At NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, technology transfer is managed by the Innovative Partnerships Office (IPO). 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:
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