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EPA Scientists Share Innovations with Public and Businesses

Release Date: 03/01/2006
Contact Information: Suzanne Ackerman, (202) 564-4355 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(3/1/06) More than 130 EPA scientific patents of technologies that benefit the environment can now be viewed at the new EPA TechMatch web site. Under the Federal Technology Transfer Act (FTTA) of 1986, government agencies may patent and license inventions, which assist new ideas from government laboratories to enter the marketplace. Entrepreneurs can view and license EPA technologies to develop new products that offer both environmental protection and economic growth.

For example, EPA's National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich., has patented several inventions related to hybrid motor vehicles, that could result in greater fuel mileage in new vehicles manufactured in the U.S.

"EPA is fortunate to have some of the best scientists in the world who do cutting-edge environmental research," said Dr. George Gray, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development. "TechMatch will encourage entrepreneurs to license technologies developed by EPA scientists for new products that both strengthen environmental protection and improve the growth of our economy."

TechMatch includes third-party independent analyses of the commercial potential of the technologies, information on in-house research, and links to the full U.S. Patent and Trademark Office description of each patent. Technologies that have been assessed to have particularly high market potential are also featured.

TechMatch was developed by EPA in coordination with the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation: http://www.epatechmatch.com/

More information on legislative history of patents in the federal government: epa.gov/osp/ftta.htm