Licensing Process

  1   Identify Technology of Interest light bulb icon
Click here to browse our Available Technologies.
  2   Express Interest communicate message icon
Once technology of interest has been identified, complete Non-Disclosure Agreement.
  3   Get the Details receive icon
Jefferson Lab gives interested parties relevant information about the technology. Interested parties may be invited to a pre-proposal conference.
  4   Submit License Plan plan icon
Submit a License and Commercialization plan (estimated to take 15 days). Plan must contain the information listed under “Required License and Commercialization Plan Sections”.
  5   Evaluation evaluate icon
The Jefferson Lab Technology Review Committee (TRC) or a designated subcommittee evaluates the submitted plans.
(Any DOE contract requirements related to (1) Foreign Engagements, (2) Net Benefits, (3) Determination of Exceptional Circumstances, (4) Export Controls, and (5) S&T Matrix Technology will be evaluated at this time.)
  6   Decision decision icon
Jefferson Lab's Technology Review Committee may reject or recommend to the Chief Innovation Officer and Lab Management that Jefferson Lab grant an organization an exclusive license(s), or non-exclusive license(s).






Jefferson Lab will evaluate the merits of submitted License and Commercialization Plans against the following criteria:

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  • Demonstrated corporate commitment and capability to successfully develop, manufacture and sell products under the proposed license
  • Advantages to Jefferson Lab of proposed financial terms, extent, and realism of proposed returns to Jefferson Lab
  • Jefferson Lab will give a preference to a small business firm when licensing a subject invention if the Lab determines that the small business firm has a plan or proposal for marketing the invention which, if executed, is equally as likely to bring the invention to practical application as any plans or proposals from applicants that are not small business firms; provided, that Jefferson Lab is also satisfied that the small business firm has the capability and resources to carry out its plan or proposal. The decision whether to give a preference to a small business in any specific case will be at the discretion of JSA.
  • Jefferson Lab will give preference to U.S. Industry based on the following factors:
    • Whether any resulting design and development will be performed in the United States and whether resulting products, embodying parts, including components thereof, will be substantially manufactured in the United States or
    • (a) whether the proposed licensee or assignee has a business unit located in the United States and whether significant economic and technical benefits will flow to the United States as a result of license or assignment agreement and
    • (b) in licensing any entity subject to the control of a foreign company or government, whether such foreign government permits United States agencies, organizations, or other persons to enter into cooperative research and development agreements and licensing agreements, and has policies to protect United States Intellectual Property rights.

On the basis of such an evaluation, Jefferson Lab’s Technology Review Committee may reject or recommend to the Chief Innovation Technology Officer and Lab Management that Jefferson Lab grant an organization an exclusive license(s) or non-exclusive license(s).