Partnering with the private sector to commercialize inventions made by USDA scientists
USDA is looking for commercial partners to develop and market inventions made by USDA scientists. A wide variety of USDA inventions are available for licensing and include patents and pending patents, plant varieties and proprietary biological materials. To apply for a license, please select the appropriate license application form below.
Select from the following license application options:
USDA, ARS, Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is responsible for licensing USDA inventions:
· Licensing specialists are available to speak with you about your license application.
· License agreement terms are flexible and take into account the needs of the licensee's business plan.
· Licenses may be nonexclusive, co-exclusive, partially exclusive or exclusive.
· In some cases, patent rights outside of the United States may be available for licensing.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting:
USDA, Agricultural Research Service
The Technology Licensing Program manages all aspects of USDA invention licensing, including the review of license applications, the negotiation of license agreements, and the monitoring of license agreements to assure compliance with agreement terms. Licensing Program staff collect and disburse license revenues, manage international patent filings, and provide expert advice on all matters related to USDA invention licensing.
Mojdeh Bahar (Acting), Coordinator, Technology Licensing Program
Diana Tucker, Technology Licensing Specialist
John Gaudet, Technology Licensing Specialist
Carla Boettinger, Tech Licensing Compliance Specialist