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Invention Licensing- 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:

Patents and Pending Patents

Plant Varieties  

Biological Materials         

Instructions (Word| PDF)

Instructions (Word | PDF)

Instructions (Word | PDF)

Application (Word | PDF)

Application (Word | PDF)

Application (Word | PDF)

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.
  • USDA license agreements comply with the policy and objectives set forth in 35 USC 207-209 and 37 CFR 404.

    Additional information can be obtained by contacting:

    USDA, Agricultural Research Service
    Office of Technology Transfer
    5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Room 4-1159
    Beltsville, MD 20705-5131
    (301) 504-5989 / fax: (301) 504-5060

    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.

    June Blalock, Coordinator, Technology Licensing Program
    Phone: (301) 504-5257 
    Fax: (301) 504-5060

    Brian Nakanishi, Technology Licensing Specialist

    Phone: (301) 504-4879
    Fax: (301) 504-5060

    Diana Tucker, Licensing Specialist
    Phone: (301) 504-4878 
    Fax: (301) 504-5060

    John Gaudet, Licensing Specialist
    Phone: (301) 504-4558
    Fax: (301) 504-5060

    Deborah Penot, Foreign Patent Specialist
    Phone: (301) 504-5003
    Fax: (301) 504-5060

  • Carla Boettinger, Program Analyst
    Phone: (301) 504-5734
    Fax: (301) 504-5060

    Gernard Little, Legal Instruments Examiner
    Phone: (301) 504-4780
    Fax: (301) 504-5060

    Kim Melton, Licensing Assistant
    Phone: (301) 504-4893
    Fax: (301) 504-5060


    Last Modified: 8/12/2016
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