WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that more than 130 EPA scientific patents of technologies available for license can now be viewed at the new EPA TechMatch Website. Under the Federal Technology Transfer Act (FTTA) of 1986, government agencies may patent and license inventions, which enable new ideas from government laboratories to enter the marketplace. Entrepreneurs can view and license these EPA technologies to develop new products.

For example, HVAC-related technologies listed at the Website include a rotating disk evaporative cooler and refrigerant compositions containing a hydrofluoropropane and a hydrofluorocarbon.

"EPA is fortunate to have some of the best scientists in the world who do cutting-edge environmental research," said Dr. George Gray, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development. "TechMatch will encourage entrepreneurs to license technologies developed by EPA scientists for new products that both strengthen environmental protection and improve the growth of our economy."

TechMatch includes third-party independent analyses of the commercial potential of the technologies, information on in-house research, and links to the full U.S. Patent and Trademark Office description of each patent. Technologies that have been assessed to have particularly high market potential are also featured.

TechMatch was developed by EPA in coordination with the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation, and is available at www.epatechmatch.com.

Publication date: 03/20/2006