14 CFR 1245.303 - Criteria.
The following categories of inventions will be considered for the filing of patent applications by NASA in countries other than the United States:
(a) Inventions which may be utilized abroad in governmental programs of the United States.
(b) Inventions which may be exploited abroad in the public interest by license to U.S. nationals or others.
(c) Inventions which may be utilized in applications type satellites, such as communications and meteorological satellites.
(d) Inventions considered to be basic discoveries or of major significance in an art.
(e) Inventions in fields which directly concern the public health or public welfare.