Inside Unmanned Systems

APR-MAY 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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23 April/May 2018 unmanned systems inside ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. don't have to pay any annual minimums for three years, and there's a set royalty rate versus sort of a negotiated royalty rate. And so it keeps all the money in the startup's pocket for them to get go- ing for at least the first three years—and that tends to be very attractive." The set royalty rate is currently 4.2 percent, she said. If you only looked at the tech transfer website, however, you'd likely get the im- pression the startup has to be launched exclusively for the purpose of commer- cializing the NASA technology—a deal seemingly intended for NASA scientists with entrepreneual asperiations. "That is in the strictest sense of the program," Viudez said. "Here at our center we've been a little bit more f lexible. So, for example, if a com- pany has started six months ago and they found a technology from our cen- ter and said 'Okay, well we want to re- focus our business line to look into this technology and make this work. We have granted startup licenses to a com- pany like that, that wasn't necessarily started around NASA technology." It is also possible, she said, for an otherwise qualified firm to license a technology that is intended only to be part of a larger project—a battery with exceptional endurance, for example— and not the focus of the firm. "We have to look at each application on a case by case basis," Viudez said, "but generally I would say that the company would be able to use the startup license." NASA Tech Transfer NASA offers three kinds of licenses: •  Standard commercial license •  Evaluation license •  Startup license s n a p s h o t

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