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NEWS | Feb. 6, 2018

NSWC Crane Offers Express Licensing to Businesses

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications

CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) now offers express licensing on 59 inventions to businesses in an effort to simplyify the patent licensing process, a precursor to the development of technologies into products by industry. This process is made possible by collaboration with TechLink, the Department of Defense’s only national partnership intermediary for technology transfer.


NSWC Crane is the first federal laboratory in the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to offer this innovative approach that simplifies and accelerates access for business to patented technology.


“The goal of express licensing is to streamline the licensing application process and showcase patents with pre-negotiated terms to make the process faster and easier for businesses,” said Brooke Pyne, NSWC Crane’s Technology Transfer Program Manager.


Businesses can now shop NSWC Crane’s patent portfolio and apply for a patent license agreement online with the added knowledge of the license’s financial terms.


Federally funded defense labs and warfare centers across the United States, and their scientists and engineers, are constantly inventing new technology. Once disclosed, often through a patent, they are available to businesses for development into new products or services.


Cutting-edge plastics, antennas, and other inventions by the military, often with easy-to-imagine civilian uses, have become lucrative product markets over the years ­– GPS navigation chief among them.


“The military employs some of the best scientists and engineers in the world,” said Sean Patten, TechLink’s liaison with the lab in Patuxent River. “A few companies know how to leverage Navy R&D, but with express licensing we’re helping Crane find even more business partners.”

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of NAVSEA with focus areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today’s warfighter.