NASA's Technology Transfer Portal hosts information on all of the NASA-developed technologies available to your business. Our patent portfolio contains more than 1,200 technologies that have been organized into categories and made searchable so you can easily identify technologies suited for your business needs.
Once you've found a technology, applying for a technology license is simple and straightforward. With the click of a button, you can begin the online application process using NASA’s Automated Technology Licensing Application System (ATLAS). The system will guide you through every step of the licensing application process and keep you updated about the status of your application.
Every technology license is different. We’ll work with you to design an agreement that helps you achieve your business goals. Licenses can be:
After submitting your license application, the terms of the agreement are worked out by you and the NASA license manager.
Every deal is different. Companies can apply for rights to a single technology or a group of technologies. You may want exclusive rights, worldwide or in a field of use or geographic region that is important to you. Costs will vary in consideration of the types of license that is granted. The curve below shows how license fees change with the value of the rights granted.
When you talk with the NASA licensing team, you will learn that there are 3 components to licensing fees:
Considerations that impact licensing fees include:
When terms for the license are set, NASA and the company execute the license under the terms of the agreement.
After the license is granted, the NASA monitors the licensee’s sales of products and services that use the licensed technologies. Our team may write success stories and, upon approval by the licensee, these may be published on NASA’s Web site, in NASA’s Spinoff magazine, or in other publications.