Research at the Forest Products Laboratory includes developing products and processes that impact people’s daily lives. But to bridge the gap between research results and real-world use, these technologies must be made available to private companies through technology transfer efforts.
Patenting technologies is one way to encourage the commercial adoption of advances made at the Lab.
Patenting an invention excludes others from making, using, or selling the invention for a number of years. Securing a patent then enables FPL to grant patent licenses to private companies for use in commercial markets.
Technologies invented by FPL and other Forest Service scientists are available for licensing and/or cooperative research opportunities in the following areas:
– Field-ready Instrumentation Devices
– Firefighting Equipment
– Forest Insect Technologies
– Forest Products Utilization
– Fungal Remediation of Preservative Treated Wood
– Non-destructive Evaluation
– Pulp and Paper
– Wood Connectors
– Wood Preservation
For a complete list of available patents, visit FPL’s Patents and Licensing webpage.