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NASA's Automated Technology Licensing Application Will Be Officially Launched To The Public June 20th, 2017
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NASA's Automated Technology Licensing Application Will Be Officially Launched To The Public June 20th, 2017

NASA’s Automated Technology License Application System (ATLAS) will be officially launched for the general public June 20th, 2017. ATLAS was developed by the NASA’s Technology Transfer System (NTTS) project team from Ames Research Center’s Intelligent Systems Division (Code TI), Ames Office of Partnerships (Code DI), and Analytical Services and Materials, Inc. (AS&M) of Hampton, Virginia, with collaboration from Technology Transfer Licensing Managers from all ten NASA field centers and NASA Headquarters (HQ).

ATLAS is a one-stop shop for companies to apply for licenses for NASA technologies. ATLAS unifies and streamlines the application processes into a single, online process for the Agency, eliminating much of the manual processing for license applications. Applicants can now apply to license NASA technology directly from the agency portfolio of active patents and patents pending from 10 field centers through the NASA Technology Transfer Portal.

Key Features:

Increased efficiency - Automating key processes eliminates manual steps and provides a paperless application submission through the use of digital signatures.

Process control – Automation permits the gathering process of metrics at key points, allowing problems to be identified and corrected in a timely manner.

Improved metrics collection - The system permits the capture of metrics to note problem areas such as time involved in each task.

Guided experience – A simple and interactive user experience design guides applicants through a step-by-step application process.

The new system represents a significant step forward in automating how license applications are received, processed, and maintained for the NASA Technology Transfer Program .

BACKGROUND: NTTS is the Information Technologies (IT) infrastructure for the NASA Agency-wide’s Technology Transfer (T2) program, containing over 60,000 technology portfolios supporting all ten NASA field centers and HQ. T2 program's motto is “Bringing NASA Technology Down to Earth”. It is the enterprise IT system for facilitating the Agency's T2 process, which includes reporting of new technologies, such as technology and invention disclosures (e.g., NASA Form 1679), protecting intellectual properties (e.g., patents), and commercializing technologies through various technology licenses, software releases and spinoffs using custom built workflow, reporting, data consolidation, integration, and search engines.

ATLAS was developed by the NTTS project team out of Ames Research Center (ARC-TI and the Office of Partnerships, ARC-DI) and Analytical Services and Materials, Inc. (AS&M), a Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT) sub-contractor from Hampton, Virginia. It was also developed in collaboration with Technology Transfer Licensing Managers from all ten NASA field centers and NASA HQ, as part of the NTTS application tool suite for supporting the technology licensing/transfer process. It is a publicly accessible, web-based licensing tool developed to allow the general public and NASA’s partners, such as the commercial industry and universities, to easily apply for NASA technology licenses available from the Agency's patent portfolio.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: NASA’s Technology Transfer Program, Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)

TEAM: Khai (Peter) Tran (ARC-TI), Trupti Sanghani (ARC-DI), Katharine Brinker (ARC-TI/QTS), Tom Feltman (ARC-TI/AS&M), Kelly Vail (ARC-TI/AS&M), Chris Newton (ARC-TI/AS&M), Takeshi (Tek) Okimura (ARC-TI/Logyx), Vu Tran (ARC-TI/SGT), Anh Trinh (ARC-TI/MORI), and Pi-Jen (Cathy) Chou (ARC-TI/Logyx)

COLLABORATORS: Technology Transfer Licensing Managers from all 10 NASA field centers and HQ

CUSTOMERS: General public, NASA's Technology Transfer Offices, and NASA's industry partners and university collaborators

POINT OF CONTACT: Khai (Peter) Tran, peter.b.tran@nasa.gov

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