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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.