The process of identifying licensing best practices and attempting to standardize those best practices across all of the Energy Department's national laboratories resulted in the publication of the Department's Licensing GuidePDF, which describes a "typical" Energy Department laboratory intellectual property (IP) license agreement in an effort to provide prospective licensees with an understanding of the terms and conditions found in most national laboratory IP license agreements.
"NREL was a big part of this effort," NREL Technology Transfer Office Director Kristin Gray said. "The Licensing Guide does a wonderful job explaining each term of a license and its function. We hand it out to potential licensees for guidance on a regular basis."
In addition to the improvements to the lab's licensing agreements, NREL also developed the "Invention Evaluator" to assess new NREL innovations across eight parameters, which ultimately provides a dynamic "score" by factoring in elements of the innovation's patentability, commercial impact, and licensing potential.
"We've thought a lot about the standard evaluation used for nascent energy technologies," Payne said. "The problem we see in the marketplace in general is that if you don't know how to pick the winners, you file for patent protection on everything, and we don't want to do that."
This standardized evaluation allows NREL to "prioritize the innovations coming out of $350 million of research to pick the ones wi
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