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tive Research, Development and Engineering Center has slated
the improved cooler for use in future Army ground vehicles, and
several small businesses are pursuing licensing the design for
" e express licensing portal enhances the visibility of technolo-
gies that are valuable to the war ghter but may have signi cant
commercial applications as well," said Sheri Mennillo, tech-
nology transfer manager at NSRDEC. " e simpli ed online
process featuring standardized terms reduces the uncertainty of
the negotiation process, which may be particularly attractive to
small business and entrepreneurs."
e TechLink website provides a summary of each available
technology. For technologies eligible for express licensing, it also
gives standardized, prenegotiated nancial terms for the types
of licenses being o ered. e types include exclusive, partially
exclusive (limited to a particular eld) and nonexclusive. Items
that have the "express license" designation are eligible for the
faster automated process.
"Express licensing provides transparency to industry, lowers bar-
riers for everyone involved and reduces transaction costs," said
Dan Swanson, TechLink's licensing lead. Above all, express
licensing accelerates the process of getting cutting-edge Army
inventions into production, where they can support the U.S.
defense mission, help save lives and boost the nation's economy.
e Army's technology transfer partners---mostly small and
midsize companies---also build surge capacity into the defense
supply chain. is is especially true with dual-use inventions
like improved batteries and pest control devices. By licensing
these inventions, the Army develops a reliable supply chain of
companies that are manufacturing dual-use products on an
ongoing basis for their commercial customers. is increases the
likelihood of timely supply when the product is needed.
e economic impacts are impressive. A 2015 survey by Tech-
Link and the University of Colorado showed that DOD
technology license agreements between 2000 and 2014 led to
more than $20 billion in sales of new products and services,
including $3.4 billion in sales back to the military. e 602
companies in the survey generated a total of $48.8 billion in
economic output from those licenses, along with the direct sup-
port of 182,985 full-time jobs with an average annual salary of
more than $71,000.
IMPORTANCE OF PATENTING
Years of working with Army laboratories has convinced TechLink
Executive Director Will Swearingen that without intellectual
property protection, private rms rarely make the investment
needed to bring new technology to the market.
"Without patent protection, other companies can simply copy
the product, making it di cult for the company that devel-
oped the product to recoup its investment and make a pro t,"
Swearingen said. " at's why we encourage labs to patent their
inventions. It's essential to technology transfer and convincing
a company to invest its resources in converting a lab invention
into a commercial product the DOD can procure."
Patents also recognize the e ort that scientists and engineers
have made, conferring prestige that encourages continued
excellence in the eld. Last but hardly least, they provide a
quanti able measure of lab productivity. Some Army research-
ers are extremely productive. Herbert A. Leupold, a recently
retired ARL physicist whose discoveries advanced radar, satel-
lite communications and electronic warfare systems, received
U.S. Army Spc. Victor Ramirez, 3678th Combat Sustainment Support
Battalion, 191st Regional Support Group, replaces a reverse osmosis
water purification unit filter in November 2017 in Quebradillas, Puerto
Rico. The Army's scientific research leads to cutting-edge inventions in
virtually all technology fields. Licensing those inventions pays numerous
dividends for the Army as well as private industry. (U.S. Army photo by
Sgt. Avery Cunningham)
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY / DASA R&T
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