NASA makes its patents public to start a new age of entrepreneurship


In a bid to boost the US economy and instill a new age of entrepreneurship among its people, NASA will now have a new searchable database which will enlist technologies developed by NASA over the years. Along with this NASA has also made 56 of its selected patents public for commercial use without restrictions. NASA believes this will help US regain its economic competitiveness through development of high technology equipment.

In the past, the agency made thousands of patents available for licensing and even offered small businesses the right to use its technologies for free. These public domain patents are, however, “freely available for anyone to use.” The agency decided on which ones to release to the public by identifying those that “are less likely to be licensed by outside companies because of low demand for resulting products (e. g. spacecraft)” or still require “significant development before [they are] marketable.” NASA’s final list includes patents for advanced manufacturing processes and various rocket-related inventions. You can find the full list, along with thousands of previously expired patents, on the agency’s public domain database.

“In fact, NASA dedicated a whole department to developing space technology for earth-borne purposes, and some of their projects were proven useful on Earth. Take for example the ‘Miracle Suit’ which is a modified version of the anti-gravity suit which can help stop postpartum hemorrhage with new born mothers,” according to a news report published by Nature World News.

NASA is also using their 3D mapping technologies to help researchers map new underwater islands formed through volcanic activities such as the one in the Kingdom of Tonga. This year, they also helped NCAR and CDC in mapping the possible route of the Zika-carrying mosquitoes in the US identifying the ‘suitable’ places where the mosquitoes could thrive. With these maps, the authorities and the public can have a head start in terms of preventing the spared of Zika virus in the country.

According to a report in Tech Times by Ted Ranosa, “The new database, known as the NASA Patent Portfolio, features technologies developed for 15 different areas including electronics, communications, optics, sensors, propulsion, automation and control, robotics, manufacturing, medicine and biotechnology, health, information technology and software, aeronautics and power generation and storage.”

Some of the new technologies that NASA had a hand in developing include artificial limbs, infrared ear thermometers, breast biopsy and a ventricular assist device in the field of medicine and improved radial tires and anti-icing systems for transportation.