NASA recently released 56 of its technologies into public domain. The technologies will be available for free to all. Those involved in aerospace business and other private entrepreneurs would make most of these technologies. The technologies could be put into use for expanding commercialization. Besides these technologies, the agency has released a searchable database that catalogs thousands of expired NASA patents already in the public domain.
The applications that were developed for NASA missions might were nonaerospace applications. The companies involved in non-aerospace venture could make use of these applications for further enhancement. The technologies reveal information including tons of NASA spinoffs; it’s contributed in development of artificial limbs and breast biopsy. These once patented technologies were carefully selected for the public domain.
“By making these technologies available in the public domain, we are helping foster a new era of entrepreneurship that will again place America at the forefront of high-tech manufacturing and economic competitiveness”, said Daniel Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer program executive.
NASA was also involved in the similar efforts previously. In past, NASA provided its thousands of patents for licensing and gave right to use its technologies for free to small businesses. Not only certain companies, but everybody could put these technologies into use for free. The technologies were selected for public domain after reviewing those technologies that are less likely to be licensed by outside companies or those of which still require significant development before being marketable.
Some of the areas of patents are environment, electronics, communications, sensors, optics, materials and coatings, aeronautics, health, medicine and biotechnology, instrumentation, mechanical and fluid systems, manufacturing, IT and software.