NSA Wants to License a Geospatial Patent

Military Information Technology reports that the National Security Agency (NSA, also known as “no such agency” and the folks behind the domestic spying program that’s in the news) has ok’d the licensing of a patent it holds for associating a location with a computer. In the business world this is called geotargeting and is offered by companies such as Quova and Digital Envoy.

NSA has operated a Technology Transfer program since 1990, but it was no made public until the first check cleared in 1993. The location patent was granted in September of last year, but to date has not been licensed.

Published Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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