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NPR 7500.2
Effective Date: December 19, 2014
Expiration Date: July 19, 2022

Subject: NASA Technology Transfer Requirements

Responsible Office: Space Technology Mission Directorate

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Table of Contents


P.1 Purpose
P.2 Applicability
P.3 Authority
P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms
P.5 Measurement/Verification
P.6 Cancellation

Chapter 1: Technology Transfer Overview

1.1 National Perspective
1.2 NASA Perspective

Chapter 2: Roles, Responsibilities and Resources

2.1 Chief Technologist
2.2 Mission Directorate Associate Administrators, Program Managers, and Project Managers
2.3 NASA Center Directors
2.4 Center Technology Transfer Officers
2.5 NASA Office of the General Counsel and Center Intellectual Property Counsels
2.6 NASA and Contractor Innovators
2.7 NASA Technology Transfer System (NTTS)
2.8 NASA Chief Financial Officer and Center Chief Financial Officer

Chapter 3: Documenting NASA-Developed Technology

3.1 Overview of Reportable NASA-Developed Technology
3.2 Engagement with NASA Community to Support Technology Reporting
3.3 New Technology Reports (NTRs)

Chapter 4: Pursuing Intellectual Property Protection

4.1 Determining the Commercial Potential of a Technology
4.2 Patentability Assessments
4.3 Patent Rights Determination
4.4 Intellectual Property Protections for Software

Chapter 5: Partnerships for Technology Transfer

5.1 Partnerships for Technology Transfer
5.2 Implementing Partnerships for Technology Transfer
5.3 Foreign Access to Technology Transfer Materials

Chapter 6: Patent and Copyright Licensing

6.1 Overview of Licensing Authority
6.2 Disseminating Information on Technologies Available for Licensing
6.3 Identifying Potential Licensees
6.4 License Negotiations and Terms
6.5 Distribution of Royalties

Chapter 7: Tracking Partnership and License Results

7.1 Tracking Partnerships and Technology Transfer Licenses
7.2 Reporting Success Stories

Chapter 8: Performance Management and Reporting

8.1 Technology Transfer Metrics
8.2 Reporting Requirements

Appendix A: Definitions
Appendix B: New Technology Reporting Process
Appendix C: References
Appendix D: Partnership Mechanisms


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