Effective Date: December 19, 2014
Expiration Date: December 19, 2020
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What qualifies as a new NASA-developed innovation is very broad. It includes any invention, discovery, improvement, or innovation that was made in the performance of NASA work. This includes any new and useful processes, machines, manufacture, or composition of matter; or any new and useful improvement in existing processes, machines, manufacture, or compositions of matter, whether or not patentable. Also included are new computer programs, and improvements to, or new applications of, existing computer programs, whether or not copyrightable. A representative list of new innovations includes, but is not limited to: new or improved techniques, products, devices, materials, methods, processes, chemical compositions, systems, machines, apparatuses, articles, fixtures, tools, or software. With such a broad definition, new innovations can come from almost any type of NASA activity. In addition, new innovations may occur at a system, subsystem, or component level. The development of a "system" or overall "technology area" could, therefore, yield numerous innovations. Each contract, grant or agreement defines what is a reportable subject innovation and/or item.
3.2.1 NASA program managers, project managers, and innovators shall engage the technology transfer process at all stages of technology development, ensuring that technology transfer is considered at the earliest phases of program and project formulation and acquisition planning. This is ultimately achieved by ensuring that new innovations being developed by projects at a Center are brought to the attention of the Center Technology Transfer Officer on a timely and consistent basis.
3.2.2 To the extent feasible, the Center Technology Transfer Officer shall ensure awareness at their Center that new innovations (including software) are reported. Requirements:
a. Reporting is required of NASA employees by NPD 2091.1B;
b. Recipients of NASA contracts, grants or cooperative agreements shall report new innovations by the terms of their award.
c. Reporting shall be done prior to public disclosure, publication, or presentation, allowing the Center's Patent Counsel to file a patent application prior to possible statutory bars being set which may preclude patent protection.
3.2.3 Benefits of reporting new innovations are:
a. Reporting new innovations allows the Center's Intellectual Property Counsel to determine ownership and whether intellectual property protection is appropriate and/or available;
b. Identification of a new innovation can result in benefits to the U.S. economy and to NASA;
c. Identification of a new innovation may provide professional recognition;
d. Reporting provides the possibility for monetary incentive awards for the innovators; and
e. Increased visibility and utility for the innovation can come from publication in NASA Tech Briefs.
3.2.4 While reporting new innovations is the responsibility of every employee of NASA, the Center Technology Transfer Officer should strive to have in place mechanisms to ensure that new innovations are reported fully and in a timely manner, to promote successful technology transfer to the greatest extent possible. Mechanisms might include, but are not limited to:
a. Review of documents to be published to determine if new technology was created in the course of the work described, in parallel with requirements of NPD 2200.1.
b. Engagement with the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) to ensure that all new technology is reported before a contract, cooperative agreement or grant is closed.
c. Recognition and awards for New Technology Reports (see below) and patents.
d. Routine educational outreach and training sessions for technical staff, New Technology Representatives, CORs and program and project managers.
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