Licensing Our Technology Patents


Many of Glenn’s patents are available for licensing. The Technology Transfer Office is here to help you navigate the licensing process and assist in assembling the necessary documents. Below is more detailed information on licensing technologies from Glenn. And, as always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Licensing GRC Technologies

Glenn’s world-class researchers continually develop innovations to benefit the space program. Glenn’s Technology Transfer Office is tasked with helping industry benefit from these inventions by widely disseminating the technologies for scientific, academic, industrial, and commercial use. In order to protect the Government’s interests, the technologies are patented, marketed, and licensed to partners for commercial applications.

Many of Glenn’s patents and patent applications are available for licensing. You can find these technologies under the Technologies Available for License section of our Web site. NASA has recently expanded its licensing options to include evaluation licenses and Startup NASA licenses to compliment the traditional commercial licenses offered at NASA. You can find more details below.

In addition to patent licensing, some of NASA’s software technologies are distributed under Software Usage Agreements. Please visit the NASA Software Catalog to see if NASA has software that you can use.

Three Licensing Options Available at GRC

  • Evaluation License
  • Commercial License
  • Startup NASA License

Evaluation License

Glenn offers evaluation licenses so that organizations can “test drive” the commercial viability of NASA technologies with minimal risk and minimal up-front commitment. Evaluation licenses are non-exclusive, short-term (one year), and low cost. This license allows companies to explore a technology’s potential and learn how it will advance business development goals. See our one page information sheet on evaluation licenses for more detailed information. Applications for evaluation licenses are streamlined and require no negotiation

Commercial License

NASA licenses patented and patent-pending technologies to private industry in compliance with 37 CFR, Section 404, "Licensing of Government-Owned Inventions.” All of NASA’s commercial licenses are individually negotiated and each license contains terms concerning technology transfer (practical application), license duration, royalties, and periodic reporting—information that constitutes the business terms of the license.

Companies interested in licensing one or more of Glenn’s innovative technologies are encouraged to email us at to discuss licensing needs and objectives. We will connect you with the appropriate Technology Manager that will guide you through the licensing process. See our one page information sheet on commercial licenses for more detailed information

The license application has two components. The first is the License Application Part I: Business Terms. The second is License Application Part II: Commercialization Plan with an income pro forma. The pro forma document asks applicants to estimate expected revenue and sales for the licensed technology. The applicant can use the pro forma to help calculate the proposed licensing fees paid to NASA. All the information provided in these documents will be included in the license agreement as an appendix to the agreement.

Licenses may be exclusive, non-exclusive, or partially exclusive within a particular field of use or geographic area. Requests for exclusive and partially exclusive licenses must go through an additional step prior to granting the license. For exclusive licenses, Glenn must place a notice of the prospective license, identifying the invention and the prospective licensee, in the Federal Register. This provides an opportunity for other prospects to file written objections within a 15-day period. Any objections are taken into consideration by Glenn’s agreements manager in making the final recommendation to the NASA Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property.

Glenn’s Technology Transfer Office will maintain the license application, business terms, commercialization plan, and license itself in strict confidence. None of this information is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

After the license is granted, the Glenn’s Technology Transfer Office monitors the licensee’s sales of products and services that use the licensed technologies. Glenn’s Technology Transfer Office 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.

Startup NASA

NASA is offering a special category of commercial licenses through their Startup NASA Initiative. This is open only to companies formed with the express intent of commercializing licensed NASA technology. These Startup Licenses are non-exclusive only. Additional details can be found on the Agency Startup NASA site. See our one page information sheet on Startup NASA licenses for more detailed information.

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