NASA has pulled together the content from 10 different websites under a mandated technology transfer program that makes it available via a new web portal promoting its patents and commercialized technologies.
The new portal, launched late last month, showcases 1635 out of NASA’s 6329 patents that have been commercialized by American businesses, many of them small companies. A NASA Spinoff section lists commercialized technologies from the 10 agency field centers, such as ventilators for critically injured patients and custom machines that advance composite manufacturing. Keep reading →
The passage last week of sweeping patent reforms may have finally given American businesses and innovators the boost they need to stay competitive in a global economy. But analysts and observers, including a former Under Secretary of Commerce, say it will take a lot more than the America Invents Act of 2011 to ensure the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can become a facilitator of growth in a stalled economy.
The Senate on Sept. 8 passed the America Invents Act by an overwhelming 89-9 vote, ushering in an era of patent reform that American businesses have been urging for the better part of the past decade. Keep reading →