The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-517) and the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-502) authorize government owned, government operated laboratories to grant exclusive or non-exclusive licenses to their patented technologies. To ensure that the Public has the greatest access to the products of Government research and development possible, the Federal Government prefers to issue non-exclusive licenses to use its patented inventions for particular applications. However, exclusive licenses may be granted, if warranted. Under any license agreement with a government owned, government operated laboratory, the Government is required to retain a non-exclusive, royalty-free, paid up license to use the invention for Government purposes.

NRL currently has over 1300 patents and patent applications available for licensing. Information about selected technologies with commercial potential can be found at the Available Technologies page. Parties interested in obtaining a license are required to submit a completed Application for License to Practice a Navy Invention to:

Technology Transfer Office
U. S. Naval Research Laboratory
Code 1004
4555 Overlook Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20375-5320

For more information about licensing Navy inventions, go to Frequently Asked Questions, or contact the NRL Technology Transfer Office.