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Tech Leader Talk

May 16, 2024

Did you know that NASA has patented inventions ready for you to license and commercialize?

On this episode of the podcast, I am talking with Dan Lockney.

I’m excited about this episode because Dan and I talk about a fantastic program from NASA for technology companies.

Dan is the Technology Transfer Program Executive at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  He is responsible for managing NASA’s intellectual property and the transfer of NASA technology to promote the commercialization and public availability of NASA’s patented inventions.

Dan and I discuss how NASA’s Technology Transfer Program operates and the types of companies that can license the technology.  Here’s a small spoiler:  any size of company can license the technology – from startups to large corporations.  And, you will be surprised at the cost of the license!

Dan shares information about the motivation behind the Technology Transfer Program.  He also discusses some of his favorite inventions that have been successfully commercialized.

Why is this program exciting to me?  As you may know, as a Patent Strategist I work with tech companies every day regarding patents and inventions.  This Technology Transfer Program is a great opportunity to license patented NASA technology to launch a business or a new product.

I encourage you to listen to this episode and see if the Technology Transfer Program is a good option for your business.

Most of the technology in the Technology Transfer Program is outside of the aerospace area. Example technologies include medical devices, public transportation, consumer goods, and safety equipment.”Daniel Lockney

Today on the Tech Leader Talk podcast:

- How does the NASA Technology Transfer Program work

- Program success stories

- The motivation behind the Technology Transfer Program

- Types of technologies contained in the patented inventions

- How a team of NASA engineers designed a new low-cost ventilator in response to the Covid outbreak



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