Technology Transfer

Working with APL

Getting Started

To begin the process of evaluating and licensing APL technology, contact us to begin a dialogue. OTT will secure a nondisclosure agreement and begin with a preliminary meeting including the interested party and investor(s) to determine an appropriate licensing strategy. APL’s OTT staff are technical, business, and administrative professionals with many years of technology transfer and industry experience.

Accessing APL Technology

How does APL transfer its technology?

The APL Office of Technology Transfer is responsible for all aspects of marketing and licensing APL technology. OTT engages in an aggressive program to commercialize its technology through successful partnerships with business and industry. OTT uses a variety of tools to accomplish the technology transfer goals of APL, including license and option agreements, cooperative research agreements, strategic partnering, and spin-off companies.

How are license agreements negotiated?

All technology transfer license agreements are negotiated and executed through the Office of Technology Transfer. OTT will work to negotiate agreements that share risk and reward and give the technology the best chance of success in the marketplace.

How does APL select a licensee?

APL seeks licensees who have the necessary resources and planning to successfully commercialize the licensed technology. OTT will qualify the company or companies to ensure that they have the sufficient capital, infrastructure, and business focus to get a product on the market.

Does APL give preference to certain companies?

APL is committed to having a positive impact on the economic health of the State of Maryland and as such will seek to work with local companies when possible.

Will APL license to companies outside the United States?

Yes. However, technologies developed with federal funding require a substantial part of the product manufacturing to be done in the United States. Federal export-control statutes and regulations also may affect licensing outside the United States. These are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

What financial terms are usually included in a license agreement with APL?

Typically, APL looks for licensing terms that include a license execution fee; royalties on sales of products; milestone, annual, and diligence payments; and patent reimbursement.

What does a standard APL license agreement look like?

A sample APL license agreement can be viewed here.

Is APL flexible with its license terms?

Yes. From a starting point of basic business practice, OTT will tailor our standard agreements to fit each situation. Our goal is to accurately value the technology and structure terms that are fair and reasonable for the given opportunity.

How much time does it take to secure a technology license from APL?

Turnaround time varies from case to case, but OTT works from preapproved agreement language and has signature authority for technology transfer agreements, which helps to expedite the process.

Can I get an exclusive license to APL technology?

Yes. APL will seek a license arrangement that will give the technology the best chance of success in the marketplace. While in certain situations we prefer to execute nonexclusive license agreements, exclusive, nonexclusive, co-exclusive, and field-of-use agreements are common.

Will OTT negotiate research agreements?

If research funding is associated with an option or license agreement, it will be included as a separate term in the license agreement, and a separate research and development contract will be executed. OTT works closely with the APL Contracts Group in these instances.

Start-Up Ventures

Annually, one to two new companies form around APL technology. The Lab may take a minority equity share as a partial payment for the license to the technology; however, outside sources are needed for seed and venture funding.