Licensing Technology

The primary function of Los Alamos Licensing Program is to move Los Alamos technology to the marketplace for the benefit of the U.S. economy. Our intellectual property may be licensed for commercial use, research applications, and U.S. government use.


The primary function of the Feynman Center Licensing Program is to move Los Alamos technology to the marketplace for the benefit of the U.S. economy. Los Alamos’ intellectual property may be licensed for commercial applications, research purposes, and U.S. government use. Although the Laboratory’s primary mission is national security, its technologies often have multiple applications in industrial and consumer markets. Los Alamos issues licenses to various entities ranging from start-ups to multinational companies. Los Alamos seeks fair and equitable return to the Laboratory without impeding a Licensee’s ability to commercialize the technology.

U.S. Government retains a nonexclusive, nontransferable, paid-up, irrevocable right to use or have used and manufacture or have manufactured the technology for U.S. Government purposes.

Types of Licenses

  • Nonexclusive Licenses are more common than Exclusive Licenses and allow the Laboratory to license the IP to multiple Licensees. Exclusive Licenses give the Licensee the sole right to the IP but are considered only when the business case is justified. Exclusive licensing requires a competitive assessment of potential Licensees and performance requirements are more stringent than Nonexclusive Licenses.
  • Exclusive Commercial Licensees must substantially manufacture their product in the U.S., given the Department of Energy's intent to provide benefit to the U.S. economy (35 U.S.C. 204).
  • End User License Agreements (EULA) are a nonexclusive and nontransferable end user license to copyrights/software for Licensee’s own research purposes. The EULA rights to the copyrights/software may also the rights to include use, develop, and demonstrate.