Collaborating with APL

Getting Started

To evaluate and license APL technology, contact Tech Transfer. Tech Transfer will begin with a preliminary meeting to determine an appropriate licensing strategy.

Accessing APL Technology

Tech Transfer is responsible for all aspects of marketing and licensing APL technology. We engage in an aggressive program to commercialize APL technology through successful partnerships with industry, academia, and government agencies. We use a variety of tools to accomplish the technology transfer goals of APL, including license and option agreements, cooperative research agreements, strategic partnering, and start-up companies.

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. Tech Transfer works closely with the APL Contracts Group in these instances.

Due Diligence

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

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 organizations when possible.

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.


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

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

A sample APL license agreement can be viewed here.

Yes. From a starting point of basic business practice, Tech Transfer 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.

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

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.

APL Innovation at Work

APL’s work is out in the world making a difference. To see news stories and publications about APL innovations and more, head to the News & Publications page on APL’s main website.

APL News and Publications (external link)