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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 creates hundreds of new technologies each year and some are patented. NIST patents support and champion the development of inventions and encourages the commercialization of those inventions through licenses.  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.  For more information on the PMA visit:

NIST has licensed numerous technologies for almost all industry sectors (e.g., healthcare, homeland security, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, etc.) and seeks government, industry, and academia to partner and license NIST technologies. Visit the NIST Technology Partnerships Office website ( 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. NIST technologies patented in 2018 can be found here.  Technologies patented in 2019 will be posted here soon. To view all of NIST patented technologies from prior years, visit the Federal Laboratory Consortium:

Contact one of the following technology transfer professionals for additional information:

For patent and licensing questions:

Dr. Donald Archer

Senior Patent and License Officer



For collaboration with NIST:

Dr. Jeffrey Divietro

Patent and License Officer  


Steven Marquis

Patent and License Officer


Created June 28, 2018, Updated January 22, 2020