Licensing MIT's intellectual property

The Technology Licensing Office grants licenses for our patented and copyrighted inventions to both existing and startup companies that demonstrate the technical and financial capabilities to develop our early-stage technology into commercially successful products.

With 800 new invention disclosures coming into our office each year, our portfolio is constantly changing. These select technologies available for licensing do not encompass our entire portfolio. We therefore encourage you to keep in touch on a regular basis and to contact us when a particular technology need arises.

We also encourage you to explore selected MIT technologies available for licensing.

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 both knowledgeable about the company's science and technology and familiar with the company’s long-term strategic plans.

License Terms

Our licensing terms reflect the fact that most licensees will need to invest substantial time and money in product development. 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.