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Technology Inquiries

The MIT Technology Licenses Office welcomes companies to get to know us personally. We find it most effective to work individually with a company to identify specific areas of interest. We then bring inventions, which specifically match the company's interests to the attention of the company. With 700 new invention disclosures coming into our office each year, our portfolio is constantly changing. We therefore encourage companies to keep in touch on a regular basis and also to contact us when a particular technology need arises.

Early Stage Technology

Our technology is usually early stage and often requires substantial development by the licensing company before a commercial product is ready for market. Because of this, we often find that the best contact person from the company is one who is knowledgeable about the company's science and technology and also familiar with the long-term strategic plans of the company.

Selected Technologies of Particular Interest

Selected Energy and Materials Technology

Selected Water Treatment Technology

Selected Power Electronics Technology

Selected Photonics Technology

Selected Biological Research Reagents and Materials

Licenses for RNAi Patents

Selected Optical Communications Technology from Lincoln Laboratory

Selected Computer Security Software Technology

Selected Software

PAL (Patents Available for Licensing)

We maintain a searchable database of MIT issued patents and published patent applications. However, it does not list any disclosures to our office in the last two years; nor does it list software or other non-patented technology available for licensing. Please contact us directly when a technology need arises.

License Terms

Our licensing terms reflect the fact that most licensees will need to invest substantial time and money in product development. Terms are flexible. Exclusivity, field of use, subdivision of patent rights and sublicensing provisions are tools available to shape the license. Running royalties, license issue fees, and other terms are tailored to match a licensee's needs and the realities of the market.