AFRL unveils “one-stop” technology licensing

The Air Force Research Laboratory is making it easier for entrepreneurs to turn vision into reality with new Express Technology Licensing.

The Air Force Research Laboratory is launching Express Licensing, a one-stop shopping approach that allows entrepreneurs to discover available AFRL-developed technologies and quickly and easily determine if a licensing opportunity fits their capabilities. Pictured here are voxelated liquid crystal elastomers, a shape-changeable soft material technology available on the Express Licensing website.

The Air Force Research Laboratory is making it easier for entrepreneurs to turn vision into reality with new Express Technology Licensing. The technology could encourage innovators and entrepreneurs to just visit a website and find AFRL-created technologies that are accessible for the permit, take in more about them, and rapidly and effectively decide whether a licensing opportunity fits their capacities. 


Sunita Chavan, who leads the AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Technology Transfer office, describes the undertaking as "one-quit shopping." She said the storefront-like format and easy to use process make AFRL technologies accessible to a broader scope of innovators and eliminates the challenges ordinarily connected with licensing, for example, lengthy contract negotiations. 

"There is total transparency. In the event that a business is occupied with going into a licensing agreement, they can round out a simple application. Once an application is explored and affirmed, the business can rapidly go into an agreement, which can give it non-exclusive, partially-exclusive, or exclusive rights to the innovation. Since the cost and terms for each licensing tier are as of now set up, the agreement can be finished in a small amount of the time a traditional course of action would require." 

"The barrier to section is low," Chavan said of the pre-arranged cost structure. "We perceive that private company, particular startups, don't have profound pockets. They have the enthusiasm and the vitality, yet not generally the cash. Our goal isn't to profit. We need to make it easier." 

Chavan said this concept is a win-win for everybody included. The business visionary can take a current lab-created innovation and further develop and refine it for their own utilization, while AFRL retains the rights to utilize the developed innovation for the advantage of military applications. This symbiotic relationship releases the maximum capacity of an AFRL-created innovation. 


As of now, 36 AFRL Materials and Manufacturing Directorate-created technologies, covering a wide research range, are accessible for Express Licensing, and Chavan said she hopes to make more accessible sooner rather than later. She precisely picks which technologies to offer along these lines in view of their present utilize status inside AFRL. For instance, if a promising innovation has been created, however, has not been completely abused and developed for a timeframe, she recognizes it as a potential possibility for this sort of licensing. 

Chavan stated, "It's a method for taking our generally underused technologies and putting them out there to the advantage of everybody". She additionally stated, "We are eager to offer this new way to deal with innovation improvement, for the benefit of the military and open alike," 

As indicated by Chavan, this inventive approach was propelled by the work done by the United States Navy, who has had accomplishment with this sort of licensing model. The Materials and Manufacturing Directorate adopted a comparative strategy and, alongside the AFRL 711th Human Performance Wing, worked in association with Defense TechLink, an association that business sectors and encourages licensing agreements between Department of Defense labs and private industry, to get the website up and running.

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