From Robotics to Analytics, Why NASA Is Offering Startups Over 1,000 Patents for ‘Free’


Startups could get a major lift from NASA if they can find a technology at the space agency that fits their commercial ambitions.

US space agency NASA is offering startups a license to 15 categories of patented NASA technologies for free. The move follows Google’s offer earlier this year of ‘free’ patents to select startups – and it could be just as valuable given the 1,200 patented technologies available for license under NASA’s new Technology Transfer Program.

NASA hopes the program will make life easier for cash-strapped startups short on intellectual property,…

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