The Laboratory owns a holds a small number of patents that are available for licensing to interested parties. Such licensing may be either non-exclusive or exclusive depending on the interests of the Laboratory and the licensing party. A list of currently available patents can be found at Fermilab Patents Available for Licensing. Interested parties should contact the ORTA at the address shown below.
Under authority granted by the US DOE the Laboratory may also enter into Work for Others (WFO) agreements and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs). WFO work may only be performed in areas where the Laboratory has a unique capability such that it does not compete with the private sector, with the full cost of the work covered by the private party. CRADAs permit the Laboratory to work with private companies on areas of common interest and involve cost sharing of the work. More specific information concerning these programs can be found at the DOE website for DOE Orders. http://www.directives.doe.gov. The WFO and CRADA Manuals are in the 400 series at 481 and 483 respectively. DOE forms found in these manuals are the forms DOE approved for these programs. These can be electronically downloaded. Interested parties should contact the ORTA at the address shown below.