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Air Force Research Laboratory launches “Express Technology Licensing” program

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 30th, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has launched a new streamlined service for entrepreneurs and tech companies to license innovations from the lab. The web-based Express Technology Licensing program makes it easier to discover which AFRL technologies are available and learn about pre-negotiated terms and pricing.

“There is total transparency,” says Sunita Chavan, head of the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Technology Transfer office.

“If a business is interested in entering into a licensing agreement, they can fill out an easy application,” Chavan explains. “Once an application is reviewed and approved, the business can quickly enter into an agreement, which can give it non-exclusive, partially exclusive or exclusive rights to the technology. Since the cost and terms for each licensing tier are already in place, the agreement can be completed in a fraction of the time a traditional agreement would require.”

There are currently 36 AFRL technologies available through the new service. Chavan says she carefully chose technologies based on how they are being used within AFRL. For example, a promising technology that has been developed but hasn’t been fully exploited for a period of time is ideal for express licensing.

“It’s a way of taking our otherwise underused technologies and putting them out there for the benefit of everyone,” says Chavan.

Source: Tech Explorist

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