Licensing & Partners

Numenta’s business strategy and approach to intellectual property (IP) is to create an active research community as well as to enable strong commercial opportunities. To that end, we follow these general principles:

  1. Transparency. We openly publish our scientific findings, software, intellectual property, and business strategy. There are no hidden agendas.
  2. Scientific Use. Anyone can freely use our software and intellectual property for non-commercial purposes.
  3. Commercial Deployment. We make reference software available (including relevant patents) for free under an AGPL license. If the AGPL license is not a good fit, or if you are interested in using our intellectual property without our software in a commercial application, we offer an IP license that enables commercial use. Before entering into a commercial license, we require a validation checkpoint, which can be done under an AGPL or Validation License.

Learn more about Numenta’s business principles.

Summary of Numenta Licenses

Scientific, Research, and Academic UseCommercial Use
Open Source License (AGPLv3) Includes reference software and associated intellectual property
No cost
Includes reference software and associated intellectual property Use internally – no cost
Distribute derivative software – no cost if released in accordance with the AGPLv3
Trial License Includes reference software and associated intellectual property without AGPLv3 requirements
No commercial rights
No cost
Includes reference software and associated intellectual property without AGPLv3 requirements
No commercial rights
No cost
Commercial IP License optionsWe agree not to assert our IP for non-commercial usesIncludes commercial rights to intellectual property and use of the reference software
Validation License - no cost, 12 month term
Simple License - quarterly fee, perpetual
Custom License - contact us

If you have any questions about our licenses, visit our FAQ page or contact us at


Numenta Licensing and Partners

Numenta works with partners to bring the power of HTM to the market. While we focus on the science and the core technology, we select application partners who have deep domain knowledge and are able to add an application layer tuned to market needs.

We are flexible in structuring these relationships in a way that works for both parties. If you are interested in becoming a partner, please review our License Guide , and email us at

Numenta Icon is leading the next generation of natural language processing: language intelligence. Founded on core principles of HTM,’s Semantic Folding technology translates text into sparse distributed representations. This enables a host of exciting applications that have challenged computer scientists for decades including sentiment analysis, automatic summarization, semantic search and conversational dialogue systems.


Grok is using HTM technology for advanced IT anomaly detection. Grok applies Numenta’s breakthrough technology to solving the IT department’s hardest problems, with a complete enterprise solution. Its modern user interface makes it easy to drill down to important anomalies and take action before a problem worsens.

Intelletic Trading Systems (ITS)

Intelletic Trading Systems (ITS) has developed an artificial intelligence platform using HTM for autonomous trading of futures and other financial assets. The company’s unique cortical learning approach is designed to generate greater profit and incur less risk than a human discretionary trader.