By Ron Kaese

Not the Atlas missile, but the Automated Technology Licensing Application System (ATLAS). Ever thought that you would like to commercialize some NASA technology? Well you can find what is available here https://technology.nasa.gov/patents. NASA has spent significant amounts of money developing technologies to meet the demanding requirements of space. Now NASA would like to see what else it can do; like support a company or create a new one, create jobs, provide new products or services to improve our lives, create wealth, and grow the U.S. economy.

To make that easier NASA has developed a new system to streamline the way they license NASA-patented innovations to the private sector, making it easier than ever before. That is where ATLAS comes in. Once you have selected the NASA technology you are interested in ATLAS provides a streamlined, centralized online tool to apply for any one of the more than 1,400 innovations NASA currently has available for licensing.

NASA’s patent portfolio is searchable and offers technologies you might not expect like a method for the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in submerged sediments. How about a new technology that can convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (C02) into fuel? Then there the state-of-the-art, highly dexterous, humanoid robot: Robonaut 2 (R2); an Advanced Resistive Exercise Device; gaming technology; and a self-contained device for isolating DNA, RNA, proteins, and cells without using pipettes or centrifuges. You get the idea, not just rockets and satellites.

ATLAS guides the applicant through every step of the process, collecting the basic information for a patent license application, such as information about the company, business goals, and potential target markets. The system will also email you with status updates and any other required actions.

If you’ve got a minute, literally, NASA is even promoting it with a really cool video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwLMiVMj1M8&feature=youtu.be.

For more information about NASA’s Technology Transfer program, visit:
https://technology.nasa.gov