Technology Transfer

Availability of Intellectual Property for Licensing

The following intellectual property is available for licensing from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Reports of Invention (ROI) that are pending patent applications are also listed.

Note: Licenses may be negotiated as either exclusive or nonexclusive.

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​​​​​​​The USGS field tested the use of a portable hand-held kit for the detection of the environmental DNA (eDNA) of Asian carps (bighead carp and silver carp) in water samples as part of on-going invasive species detection research. USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (Public domain.)

Patented Technologies:

Title: Well Flowmeter and Down-Hole Sampler
Patent Number: 6,164,127
Exclusively Licensed

Title: Device for Sequestration and Concentration of Polar Organic Chemicals from Water
Patent Number: 6,478,961 B2
Nonexclusively Licensed

Title: Method and Apparatus for Control of Aquatic Vertebrate and Invertebrate Invasive Species
Patent Number: 6,821,442 B1

Title: Use of Endophytic Fungi to Treat Plants
Patent Number: 7,232,565 B2
Exclusively Licensed

Title: Method for the Removal of Phosphorus from Wastewater Using Acid Mine Drainage Sludge
Patent Number: 7,294,275 B1

Title: Pore-Water Sampler
Patent Number: 7,430,929 B1

Title: Method for the Removal of Phosphorus from Wastewater, etc.
Patent Number: 7,491,322 B1

Title: Enhanced Screen Auger Sampling System
Patent Number: 7,631,705 B1

Title: Curvularia Strains and Their Use to Confer Stress Tolerance and/or Growth Enhancement in Plants
Patent Number: 7,906,313

Title: Anaerobic Microbial Composition and Methods of Using Same
Patent Number: 8,105,808 B2
Availability: Exclusively Licensed

Title: Apparatus to Assist in the Collection of Stormwater­ Quality Samples in a Vertical Profile
Patent Number: 8,286,512

Title: Composites Comprising Biologically Synthesized Nanomaterials
Patent Number: 8,431,640 B2
Exclusively Licensed

Title: Measuring Seawater Capacitance
Patent Number: 8,463,568

Title: Methods of Using Curvularia Strains to Confer Stress Tolerance and/or Growth Enhancement in Plants
Patent Number: 8,524,224
Exclusively Licensed

Title:  Anaerobic Microbial Composition and Method of Using the Same (CIP)
Patent Number: 8,673,614

Title: A Spectral Method for Determining the Source of Expanded Vermiculite Insulation in Attics and Walls
Patent Number: 8,751,169

Title: Apparatus to Assist in the Collection of Stormwater-Quality Samples in a Vertical Profile
Patent Number: 8,935,965

Title: Fluid Sampling System
Patent Number: 9,181,799

Title: Nozzle Mixing Methods for Ship Ballast Tanks
Patent Number: 9,688,551
Exclusively Licensed

Title: Safe, Directional, Drought-resistant Dug Well (SDDW)
Patent Number: 9,689,235

Title: Automatic Surface Elevation Table (auto SET)
Patent Number: 9,696,197

Title: Environmentally Sealed Dissolved Carbon Dioxide and Temperature Measurement System
Patent Number: 9,903,381

Title: Handheld Underwater Suction Sampler
Patent Number: 9,921,138

Title: Selectively Perceptible Wind Turbine System
Patent Number: 9,995,282

Title: Device for Monitoring Subsurface Temperatures (Distributed Temperature Sensor TROD)
Patent Number: 10,180,360
Availability: Exclusively Licensed

Title: Subsurface Environment Sampler
Patent Number: 10,704,993
Exclusively Licensed


Patent Applications:

Title: Method and Apparatus for Instantaneous 3D Mapping of a Fluid Surface in Dynamic Motion
Application Number: 15/582,772

Title: Enhancing Microbial Natural Gas Production from Coal Using Coal Oxidation and Selective Stimulation
Application Number: 15/604,986

Title: Method for Determining Grouped Focal Mechanisms for Populations of Microseismic Events from Reconciled Relative Polarity Measurements
Application Number: 15/646,090



Mark: USGS Science for a Changing World
Registration Number: 4,517,563

Mark: ShakeAlert
Registration numbers: 5,604,387; 5,580,875

Mark: Did You Feel It?
Registration number: 4,288,412

Mark: ShakeMap
Registration Number: 4,295,067

Mark: ShakeCast
Registration number : 4,285,560