Technology & Licensing Opportunities

The following technologies are available for both non-exclusive and exclusive licenses.  Companies that are interested in licensing a NOAA product may contact the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office via our office email at Please make sure to reference the specific technology in which you are interested in the text of your email.  Interested companies will be asked to complete a licensing questionnaire which will detail their suitability as a licensing partner and the specific marketing strategy for the technology.  Please note that requests for exclusive licenses will require license initiation fees and will require a public comment period of at least 30 days prior to implementation.  

LICENSING OPPORTUNITY: Imaging Polar Nephelometer

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LICENSING OPPORTUNITY:  Imaging Polar Nephelometer

NOAA is now seeking manufacturers/licensees to deliver its newly-patented Imaging Polar Nephelometer (U.S. Patent Number:  8,531,516) to market in the United States and globally.  Ideal partners will have a proven track record in manufacturing quality scientific instruments domestically and a proven distribution network both in the U.S. and abroad. 

NOAA offers a wide variety of licensing solutions with flexible terms and reasonable rates.  Our licensing process is fast-tracked to allow licensee(s) to move the product from license to manufacture to market in the shortest possible time.

View and download a One-Page Marketing Description and Specifications Sheet for this opportunity.

Benefits of the Imaging Polar Nephelometer:

The NOAA Imaging Polar Nephelometer provides the scientist at the bench and in the field an instrument that can characterize particle size and distribution, as well as shape and light absorption properties.  These additional data in conjunction with the device’s a compact size, solid and simple construction, and commercially available replacement parts, make the NOAA Polar Nephelometer a reliable and economical choice for a variety of applications.

Market Analysis:
Climate science and air quality monitoring provide ongoing applications for instrumentation to accurately measure particulates in a gas medium. Standard integrating nephelometers lose a considerable amount of particle information by not resolving the light scattered at individual angles. Polar integrating nephelometers overcome this issue.

The markets for scientific instruments in the U.S. and abroad are well-established and supported by a small number of known scientific instrument manufacturers, including one commercial manufacturer of polar nephelometers. Given the unique features of this device and the relatively simple fabrication requirements, the NOAA IPN could be a strong addition to an existing instrument line.

The NOAA Imaging Polar Nephelometer technology, with its enhanced particle characterization in a device that is inexpensive to manufacture, sturdy, and easy to calibrate, offers an excellent licensing opportunity for the scientific instrument manufacturing sector.

To license this technology, please complete the NOAA Licensing Application Form or contact us for more information.


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