Far from the backlog at the USPTO, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the executive agency of the US government responsible for United States‘ civilian space program , aeronautics and aerospace research, recently issued what appears like a call for tender, for IP Management Services, although they insist that for now, it is a pilot project, and a request for information (RFI) only, sort of.
Now on the face of it, it may all seem reasonable for an organization that boasts sending the first man to Earth‘s moon among its achievements, to have an IP policy and request IP management services. The interesting thing though about this particular RFI is that they want someone to do it for free. Yes, acquire Patents for us [which for the size of NASA, and the inevitable international nature of their product’s consumers, will probably mean global Patent rights], manage the granted rights […”intellectual property (IP) management services (such as patent valuation, marketing, assessment and brokerage) to NASA under a no-cost arrangement that could allow for revenue sharing ….”], but we wont pay you.
Not just yet.
That will probably happen, when someone gets fascinated enough by our rockets and other inventions and obtains a licence, at which point after we’ve factored out all the initial costs, etc, you may just get a revenue sharing arrangement cobbled together.