STEP 1: Discover
Do you have an idea, invention, or product you’d like to further develop? USGS' laboratories have a wealth of facilities, equipment, expertise, and technologies available for licensing that you can utilize to create business solutions and introduce your new technologies to the marketplace. Determine what you need by searching our Patents - Licenses site.
STEP 2: Apply
Now that you’ve identified potential technology, it’s time to reach out to the USGS' Office of Policy and Analysis (OPA). OPA will assist in determining the best route for accessing the technology. If a license is required, you will complete a License Application for an Evaluation License, or an Exclusive or Non-Exclusive License.
STEP 3: Set Terms
It’s time to initiate, negotiate, and complete an agreement between you and the USGS. This stage in the process can take some time to complete considering all of the complex factors both parties involved need to consider during negotiations, unless a *STREAMLINED* Evaluation License is sought. Considerations include the developmental stage of the technology, additional partners, risk vs. potential return on investment, among others.
STEP 4: Sign
When terms for the license are set, USGS and partners will execute the license under the terms of the agreement. After the license is granted, USGS monitors the licensee’s sales of products and services that use the licensed technologies. Upon approval by the licensee, our team may write success stories on USGS' website and publish these in other publications.
STEP 5: License
You’ve reached the end of the licensing process, and it’s now time to commercialize! You’re now on the path to access technology never before utilized. USGS will follow up to ensure quality control, resolve any issues that may arise, and may introduce potential third-party partners for sublicensing or joint development, among other administrative procedures.
Federal Technology Transfer Legislation and Policy
What is Technology Transfer?
USPTO Resources for Inventors