NASA Offers ‘Free’ Patents for Startups
NASA has announced its program to offer startups a free license to 15 categories of patented NASA technologies. This program is valuable for startups without the means to acquire their own patents, so they can use the existing patents to introduce new commercial products and services.
Available non-exclusive patents cover electronics, communications, software, materials, coatings, sensors and aeronautics technology. Users are required to commercialize NASA’s technology, and once the product enters the market, they will need to pay a standard net royalty fee to NASA.
The support from larger corporations has become a trend as Google has also launched a patent giveaway program in which the company offered up to 50 startups free access to two patent families on the condition they join the LOT Network that works to oppose patent assertion entities.
The growing opportunities for startups to gain support from larger corporations continues to excite the startup world. For the full article and for more information about the program visit the ZDNet article.