Intellectual Property (IP) developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) national laboratories is typically held by the national laboratory and licensed by working with the responsible technology transfer organization within the laboratory where the technology was developed. Because of the unique set of laws related to IP generated at DOE laboratories, licensing agreements for these technologies include some provisions that may not be present in a license agreement between private entities (e.g., march-in-rights, government-use rights, and indemnification of the federal government). Learn more in the licensing guide.
Typical financial and milestone terms present in a commercial license include:
Most of the technologies available for licensing will require additional development before they are commercially viable. An Option Agreement is available that protects an entity’s right to license a technology at a future time. Option Agreements are generally available for a time period of one year. Many labs will approve an extension to the Option Agreement if sufficient milestones toward making the technology commercially viable have been met. Several of the technologies available for licensing can be found on the Lab Partnering Service. These technologies can be viewed under the ‘Lab Technologies’ tab as marketing summaries, which provide business friendly descriptions of the technology, or the patent itself via the Visual Patent Search. Online contact forms are provided to get directly in touch with the licensing representative from each laboratory through ‘connecting’ with the relevant expert.
|Description: Businesses or other non-federal entities license lab technologies.|
|Typical Uses: For commercializing a Lab prototype technology|
|Advantages: Enhance your technology product or service offering with a federally-funded invention|
|Cost: Licensee pays a non-refundable fee, royalty or other form of compensation.|
|Footnote: Licensing Guide - https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/01/f19/LicensingGuideFINAL.pdf|
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