A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Patenting inventions and licensing intellectual property is an integral part of technology transfer. It advances the nation's economic, social and environmental well-being, and its economic competitiveness.
In order to encourage innovation and promote commercialization of technologies that may be developed using federal resources, the Department encourages the patenting and licensing of the government's intellectual property.
Under the law, federal employees who are inventors are entitled to a share of revenues that the government may obtain from licenses and royalties (not to exceed $150,000 per year per inventor).
Technologies or intellectual property owned by federal agencies or jointly developed through collaborative research and development can be licensed by non-governmental parties. This helps to mature federal innovations for deployment, so that they can be manufactured and broadly available to benefit the public.
The following links provide lists of currently available patents and licenses from: