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PNNL waives fee to test-drive portfolio of intellectual property

As businesses of all sizes weather today’s tough economy, the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is offering its entire portfolio of patented technologies on a research trial basis—at no cost—to spur economic development and ultimately create new jobs.

Dozens of technologies could be deployed across US markets spanning everything from analytical instruments, human health and agriculture to advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and renewable energy. Through the six-month trial period, businesses can try out PNNL’s technologies.

From now through 31 December 2020, the standard $1,000 fee will be waived for organizations and entrepreneurs interested in signing a non-exclusive exploratory license agreement, which means more than one organization can hold a license for the same technology. The agreement allows entrepreneurs and organizations to test a technology within their own product lines before entering into a formal licensing agreement.

Details of the special exploratory license agreement include:

  • Use of intellectual property with the option to negotiate a commercial license for the patent; the agreement holds the licensee’s access to intellectual property during the exploratory period.

  • A simplified, two-page form.

  • Simplified terms.

  • Rapid execution—PNNL expects to turn around licenses in less than two weeks.

To learn more, visit PNNL’s Exploratory License page.


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