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The best way to manage your cash flow as a startup? Hold on to your money.
By offering a license with no up-front costs for commercial use of our patented technologies, we're letting companies hold onto their cash while securing the intellectual property needed to carve out competitive market space.
  • These technologies have been vetted for technical and commercial viability by NASA and external sources.
  • Patents are maintained and protected by the US Government.
  • NASA technical personnel and facilities can be available to lend additional support.
Of course, a few rules apply:
  • This offer is open only to companies formed with the express intent of commercializing the licensed NASA technology.
  • NASA waives the initial licensing fees, and there are no minimum fees for the first three years.
  • Once the company starts selling a product, NASA will collect a standard net royalty fee. This money goes first to the inventor and then to maintaining the agency's technology transfer activities and technology advancement.
  • This announcement applies to only non-exclusive licenses, which means other companies may apply for similar rights to use the technology for commercial purposes. However, NASA will consider further exclusivity if the startup wishes to negotiate.
  • Companies entering into these licenses are bound by all requirements in federal licensing statutes and NASA policies, including development of a commercialization plan and reporting on efforts to achieve practical application.
  • While NASA does license to foreign entities, this start-up agreement is only available to companies in the United States.
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Getting started is simple:
Find a technology: http://technology.nasa.gov/patents

Download a sample licensing agreement.

Download the license request form.

Contact us to apply.
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