NASA system streamlines its tech patent licensing

NASA said it has developed a new system to streamline the way the agency licenses its technology patents, making the transfer of NASA-patented innovations to industry easier than before.

NASA said its Automated Technology Licensing Application System (ATLAS) provides prospective licensees a streamlined, centralized online tool for applying for any one of the more than 1,400 innovations NASA currently has available for licensing.

Through the licensing of NASA patents, many technologies originating in America’s space program make their way into the commercial marketplace every year.

“An investment in NASA technology is an investment in the U.S. economy,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).

“Through technology transfer, NASA helps create jobs, maintain U.S. economic competitiveness, and bring new products and services to market.”

NASA said its patent portfolio is searchable and offers technologies in fields that range from aeronautics and propulsion to electronics, materials, sensors, instrumentation and other disciplines.

“Streamlining and simplifying our licensing process saves businesses time and money as they pursue commercialization of NASA’s technologies,” said Dan Lockney, Technology Transfer program executive for STMD.

“Licensing patents isn’t new, but with the NASA license application tool, and our comprehensive portfolio of available technologies, we are making NASA’s work available to industry, which is a significant achievement.”