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The United States Patent and Trademark Office defines a patent as, “…a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States…”. NIST’s priority on commercialization supports the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) which identifies, as a priority, the transition of federally funded innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace as well as increasing private sector investment in later-stage research and development.

NIST has licensed numerous technologies for multiple industry sectors (e.g., healthcare, homeland security and cybersecurity) and seeks government, industry, and academia to partner and license NIST technologies. Visit the NIST Technology Partnerships Office section to explore the most effective partnering models and technology transfer mechanisms for your organization.

Take a moment now and explore NIST patented technologies and envision what could take your enterprise to the next level. Use “Patent Database” to search for patents issued starting fiscal year 2018 or see what technologies were patented in fiscal years 2018, 2019, and 2020 by accessing their individual links. View all of NIST patented technologies prior to FY20 by visiting the Federal Laboratory Consortium website.

For Patent and Licensing Questions:

Dr. Donald Archer

Senior Patent and License Officer


Created June 28, 2018, Updated December 8, 2020