This was a major bold move last week; for all you budding astronauts & space entrepreneurs out there.
NASA has invited tech startups to license patented NASA tech without upfront costs in an initiative called Startup NASA. The agency eliminated initial licensing fees and minimum fees for the first three years of use, but will collect a standard net royalty fee for any products sold after that period. An online patent portfolio organizes the 1,200-plus patents into 15 categories; to get started, entrepreneurs just need to fill out an application for a desired technology.
“The Startup NASA initiative leverages the results of our cutting-edge research and development so entrepreneurs can take that research — and some risks — to create new products and new services,” explained David Miller, NASA’s chief technologist.
The agency will waive the initial licensing fees, and there are no minimum fees for the first three years — but once a startup starts selling a product, NASA will collect a standard net royalty fee
That said, even with royalty costs later on down the road, free and unfettered access to the agency’s patent portfolio could be well worth it to the right startup. NASA’s patents range from materials coatings to sensors, aeronautics technology, instrumentation, and more — so there’s plenty of room for innovation.
The agency has even gone the extra mile and put together a “streamlined, online patent portfolio covering 15 categories and packed with patents protected by the U.S. government.” You can seriously just browse through the patent collection online, and once you’ve pinpointed a desired technology you think you could commercialize, you can get the ball rolling by filling out and submitting application through the website.
Further information on the initiative, as well as application info, can be found on NASA’s dedicated Web page. NASA StartUps
This is really opening the book wide to everybody that might have an idea of how to harness state of the art thinking and make a viable business. As their opener suggests ” Bringing NASA Technology Down To Earth”
I’m certainly going to check out that webpage and see where my creative mind takes me!
Will you do the same as now the agency is encouraging innovation and expediting dramatic breakthroughs; so you have a chance to make your mark on the world stage.
What a great platform as a discussion point.
Time to make your own “One Giant Leap for Mankind”