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How to License an EPA Technology through the Federal Technology Transfer Act

Patented EPA technologies available for licensing: Take a look at our patents if you have an interest in bringing a technology to market.

Federal Technology Transfer Act (FTTA) staff: Contact us if you want to license one of these technologies. 

Steps to Obtain a License from EPA

  1. Complete and submit a license application to FTTA staff. There is no fee associated with submission of a license application.
    EPA's license application form (DOC)(3 pp, 57 K)  Learn more about Microsoft (MS) Word files (.doc)
  2. EPA initiates internal review of your license application.
    • This involves engaging the applicable EPA laboratory management, EPA’s legal staff, and the FTTA staff. 
    • NOTE: This process may take a few months, and could involve requests for additional information from the applicant, or calls to discuss the application and business plan further.
  3. If the application is accepted, FTTA staff draft a license agreement for review by all parties.

Licenses with EPA Include:

  • An upfront payment
  • Royalties (based on percentage of sales, or a flat rate by unit sold etc.)
  • Annual minimum payments if royalties do not accrue to a specified amount

EPA’s goal is to get the Agency’s technologies out into the marketplace where they can help protect human health and the environment. EPA licenses technologies non-exclusively.  Exceptions to this are when the licensee is a co-inventor of the technology, or there is an overwhelming justification for granting an exclusive license.