Upcoming Training Date
November 17, 2011, 9am - 12pm, Bldg. 1, Room E100E
Please call 301-286-2691 or send an e-mail for more information about Goddard's Innovative Partnerships Program Office training classes.
Dispelling the Myths
Regardless of your level of experience with technology transfer, you should consider attending one of the Innovator Training Courses. Even individuals who have been at Goddard for many years still believe many of the myths regarding technology transfer. For example:
Myth #1: My technology is so specific to the goals of the space program that no one else would be interested in it.
You’d be surprised to find that many space-based technologies have applications here on Earth. The IPP Office has the expertise to find the alternate applications, but first you must report the technology.
Myth #2: These “Invention Disclosures” are just more paperwork that is filed somewhere and no one ever looks at it.
The IPP Office reviews every New Technology Report (NTR) and determines which technologies have industry applications and which have strategic importance for Goddard. In both cases, specific strategies are developed to maximize the benefits to Goddard.
Myth #3: The R&D is still ongoing, so I should wait until it’s finished to file the NTR.
As soon as you recognize that you have a new invention, you should file an NTR. Not only does the IPP Office need the NTR to establish IP protection, but it can be used to develop a strategy to maximize value to you and Goddard.
Myth #4: If I report my technology in an NTR, other NASA scientists and engineers will have access to my ideas, and possibly compete with me for funding.
Submitted NTRs are stored in a NASA database that can be accessed only by NASA IPP personnel, not by other scientists and engineers.
Myth #5: Once I file the NTR, I can present my technology at a professional conference or in a paper.
If you present your technology at a conference or otherwise disclose it before Goddard has a chance to initiate patent efforts, the IP protection could be lost. This has negative financial impacts for you and for Goddard. IPP will work with you to secure the best protection for your technology before you plan to disclose it.
Myth #6: I can give software or design information to any company or university under contract to NASA.
Unless you execute a separate agreement (which the IPP Office can help you with) to restrict the use and distribution of the information you share, you are likely to “give away” your technology, jeopardizing IP protection and possibly revealing competition-sensitive information.
Don’t continue to believe these myths. Civil servants and contractors may register online* through Satern.
For more information, please contact Dale Clarke (301-286-2691).