• OTT at JPL

    Office of Technology Transfer at the
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Our Mission
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OTT OVERVIEW

The mission of the Office of Technology Transfer is to promote and facilitate the transfer of useful technologies to the commercial sector so that the public can directly benefit from the ingenuity and creativity of our outstanding researchers. The Office of Technology Transfer at JPL (OTT at JPL) specifically aims to focus on JPL intellectual property management and licensing, and commercialization support to apply JPL space technologies to non-NASA needs. The end goal is to infuse JPL-invented innovations into the private sector as quickly as possible so that taxpayers may benefit from NASA and JPL research, and so that the United States retains its technological leadership in world markets. The Office of Technology Transfer at JPL is responsible for new technology reporting, NASA Tech Briefs, software release, patents, licensing, and commercialization as these activities relate to JPL-developed technologies.

What We Do

Technology, Software, Licensing, and Commercialization

Report New Technologies

Report a New Technology

Technology transfer is an important part of NASA's mission. NASA is obligated to take an active role in transferring technology to the private sector and American governments.

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JPL Licensing

Licensing and commercialization

The primary mission of the (OTT) is to promote and facilitate the transfer of useful technologies to the commercial sector so the public can benefit from our outstanding researchers.

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FINDER Searching Earthquake Disaster Site

FINDER

Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, is a collaboration between JPL and the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate in Washington. In the wreckage of a collapsed textile factory and another building in the Nepalese village of Chautara, four men were rescued, two from each destroyed building, in one of the hardest-hit areas of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25. The technology detected the men's presence even though they were buried under about 10 feet of brick, mud, wood and other debris.

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Point Wise Phase Matching Diagram

Point-Wise Phase Matching for Nonlinear Frequency Generation in Dielectric Resonators

An optical resonator fabricated from a uniaxial birefringent crystal, such as beta barium borate.

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A method and circuit for injecting charge into a circuit node

Method and Circuit for Injecting a Precise Amount of Charge Onto a Circuit Node

A method and circuit for injecting charge into a circuit node.

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Electrolytes for Lithium-ion Electrochemical cells

Electrolytes for Wide Operating Temperature Lithium-Ion Cells

Provided herein are electrolytes for lithium-ion electrochemical cells, electrochemical cells employing the electrolytes.

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JPL's Maestro Science Activity Planner

Maestro Science Activity Planner for Mars

The Maestro Science Activity Planner (Maestro) combines cutting-edge visualization with sophisticated planning and simulation capabilities to provide and intuitive interface to the Mars Exploration Rovers. It achieved simultaneous successes in missions operations and technology development.

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JPL's Open Source Software Development Paradigm

Open Source Software Development Paradigm

The Open Source paradigm for developing and disseminating software continues to be a growing trend in industry and increasingly, in government.

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  • FINDER Searching Earthquake Disaster Site

    FINDER

    Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, is a collaboration between JPL and the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate in Washington. In the wreckage of a collapsed textile factory and another building in the Nepalese village of Chautara, four men were rescued, two from each destroyed building, in one of the hardest-hit areas of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25. The technology detected the men's presence even though they were buried under about 10 feet of brick, mud, wood and other debris.

    More about FINDER
  • Point Wise Phase Matching Diagram

    Point-Wise Phase Matching for Nonlinear Frequency Generation in Dielectric Resonators

    An optical resonator fabricated from a uniaxial birefringent crystal, such as beta barium borate.

    More about Point-Wise Phase Matching
  • A method and circuit for injecting charge into a circuit node

    Method and Circuit for Injecting a Precise Amount of Charge Onto a Circuit Node

    A method and circuit for injecting charge into a circuit node.

    More about Method and Circuit
  • Electrolytes for Lithium-ion Electrochemical cells

    Electrolytes for Wide Operating Temperature Lithium-Ion Cells

    Provided herein are electrolytes for lithium-ion electrochemical cells, electrochemical cells employing the electrolytes.

    More about Lithium-ion Cells
  • JPL's Maestro Science Activity Planner

    Maestro Science Activity Planner for Mars

    The Maestro Science Activity Planner (Maestro) combines cutting-edge visualization with sophisticated planning and simulation capabilities to provide and intuitive interface to the Mars Exploration Rovers. It achieved simultaneous successes in missions operations and technology development.

    More about Maestro Science
  • JPL's Open Source Software Development Paradigm

    Open Source Software Development Paradigm

    The Open Source paradigm for developing and disseminating software continues to be a growing trend in industry and increasingly, in government.

    More about Open Source Software

Available Resources

OTT Software Award Program

Award Program

Excellence in aerospace software is vital to NASA’s role in developing aeronautics and space technologies and transferring them to government and industry.

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OTT Entrepreneurs

JPL Entrepreneurs

The JPL Office of Technology Transfer works closely with JPL innovators at every step of the technology transfer process, to engage the commercial sector and establish partnerships.

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PATENTS AND COPYRIGHTS

JPL-Developed Technology
OTT Copyrights

Patents

A patent for an invention is an intellectual property right granted to an inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States”.


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OTT Patents

Copyrights

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works (including software).


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OTT Waivers

Process & Waivers

The patenting process at JPL starts with the filing of an NTR. All NTRs submitted by JPL innovators are first evaluated by the OTT technical staff (NTR Evaluators) before forwarding both the NTR and evaluation to Caltech and NASA.


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OTT Software

Software

Caltech owns copyrights to all JPL developed software. Although all of the software developed at JPL is protected by copyright, any software has the potential of becoming patentable.


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