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NASA makes 56 patents available as public domain

For the first time in the space agency’s history, part of the NASA patent database is now available to third-party companies and other interested parties, with a small percentage of its patents recently launched for public use.

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Only a few of NASA’s many patents were release, as the agency hand-picked 56 patents to be considered public domain. NASA also launched a searchable database, also for the general public, allowing users to search thousands of its expired patents.

The obvious beneficiaries of this limited availability of NASA patents would be third-party space firms such as Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. However, experts believe that other companies who aren’t in the field of space travel can take advantage of the database; it can, for instance, be used in the medical industry, as NASA has been instrumental in the development of artificial limbs.

The 56 patents made available to the public include inventions such as thrusters, rocket nozzles, and propulsion tech, as well as state-of-the-art manufacturing procedures. NASA also believes that the patents it has turned into public domain could help companies save time and money, when they would otherwise have to create their own expensive technologies or pay premium sums of money for licensing agreements.

“By making these technologies available in the public domain, we are helping foster a new era of entrepreneurship that will again place America at the forefront of high-tech manufacturing and economic competitiveness,” said Daniel Lockney, NASA’s executive in charge of the Technology Transfer initiative, in a prepared statement. “By releasing this collection into the public domain, we are encouraging entrepreneurs to explore new ways to commercialize NASA technologies.”

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