Below is information on MITRE's licensing practices. For additional information, please contact MITRE's TTO.
Sponsoring government agencies are not required to obtain licenses to use MITRE-developed technologies. Non-sponsoring government agencies interested in using MITRE-developed technologies can request limited use licenses from MITRE. These agreements, which are generally simple, can be executed quickly. Government agencies can work with their MITRE points of contact to obtain MITRE-developed technology and the appropriate licensing agreement.
State and Local Agencies
State and local agencies—or organizations selling to state and local jurisdictions—interested in using MITRE-developed technologies can request commercial licenses from MITRE.
In most cases, licenses administered to academic institutions—or to organizations working with academic institutions—are for research purposes only. Information access is limited to a particular school of interest (e.g., limiting access to the information to a specific academic institution's engineering school). These licenses are non-exclusive and non-revenue in nature. For information on agreements that enable MITRE researchers to work and collaborate with their colleagues from industry and academia, and to share commercial and government-funded resources and technology to achieve common research goals, visit the Partnerships and Collaboration page.
Commercial Companies and Value-Added Resellers
MITRE also administers licenses to commercial companies and value-added resellers seeking to further develop MITRE's technologies for use in the government or commercial sector or to incorporate MITRE-developed technology into its suite of products. Licensing MITRE-developed technology can provide a quick, cost-effective alternative to independently developing a similar technology, which can contribute to shorter time to market, reduced development expense, and higher quality products. For commercial companies seeking to leverage MITRE's technology for research purposes only, MITRE administers non-exclusive, non-revenue licenses, which provide for sharing research and limited access to company environs.
Entrepreneurs license MITRE's technologies for a variety of purposes—from developing a new technology to enhancing an existing suite of products and services. MITRE-developed technology has even served as the basis for new start-up companies.
If you believe your business or product offerings could be enhanced by leveraging MITRE's technology, please contact MITRE's TTO. We look forward to learning more about your needs and discussing the products in our technology portfolio that can be leveraged to help you achieve your goals.