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Office of Technology Transfer at JPL

Licensing of Intellectual Property (IP)

The mission of Office of Technology Transfer at JPL (OTT at JPL) is to maximize the impact of JPL's research, innovations, and inventions so as to benefit society. The end goal is to infuse JPL innovations into the private sector as quickly as possible so that taxpayers may benefit from NASA and JPL research, and so that the United States retains its technological leadership in world markets. OTT at JPL is responsible for new technology reporting, patents, licensing, option agreements, software release, and commercialization as these activities relate to JPL-developed technologies. OTT at JPL works closely, and is partially funded by, the Caltech Office of Technology Transfer and Partnerships

Working with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

The Office of Technology Transfer at Caltech licenses all technology developed at Caltech and JPL. If you are interested in working with JPL, you can contact Daniel Broderick (, 818-354-1314) or you can explore ways of working directly with JPL through the Commercial Technology Program Office at JPL.

Daniel Broderick

Daniel Broderick

Manager (818) 354-1314

Daniel Broderick is the Manager of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an operating division of the California Institute of Technology. He is responsible for the management and negotiation of intellectual property matters ranging from patent filing decisions, patent prosecution management, licensing negotiations, startup assistance, NASA compliance, and maintaining and monitoring license agreements. Dan also manages the Caltech Entrepreneurship Forum.

Dan began his career at Motorola where he designed microprocessor systems, and later joined Rockwell Telecommunications to design telecommunications hardware. He transitioned into technology transfer at Northwestern University, and went on to assist with the start-up of the Technology Transfer Office at the University of California San Diego. He joined Wesley Jessen Vision Care as the Director of Business

Development, where he managed a very large intellectual property portfolio and negotiated a wide range of medical device and ocular pharmaceutical business agreements. After Wesley Jessen was purchased by Novartis, Dan became the Director of Business Development at Apovia Inc., a biotechnology company in San Diego that developed recombinant vaccines. Dan has been patent agent since 1995.

Dan received his Bachelor of Engineering degree at the University of Michigan, his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, and his MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago.