February 05, 2020 Feature

NASA: Creating IP to Infinity and Beyond

Tammy Pennington Rhodes

©2020. Published in Landslide, Vol. 12, No. 3, January/February 2020, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

This year NASA, along with the entire country, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and looks forward to the projected return to the moon. But, beyond space, what hasn’t NASA explored? Innovations driven by NASA research touch every aspect of our lives. From mattresses to heart surgery, the impact of NASA technology is substantial. One of the individuals charged with patenting and licensing these groundbreaking technologies for the last 52 years is NASA intellectual property (IP) counsel Ed Fein. I had the pleasure of conversing with Ed recently about IP at NASA.

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