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TechLink Assists Navy Base with Historic Patent Agreement

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Patent license agreement ceremony in Norco, Calif., on April 16, marking the first agreement of its kind for the Navy federal lab. Pictured with documents, from left, Capt. Eric Ver Hage, Congressman Ken Calvert, and Dr. Bill Luebke

A patent licensing agreement ceremony in Norco, Calif., on April 16, 2014, made history for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, when the first agreement of its kind was signed. TechLink facilitated the historic agreement, bringing licensing expertise and new best practices to the table.

The agreement licenses NSWC Corona’s patented MetBench automated calibration system to American Technical Services, Inc. (ATS), headquartered in Norco. It is a "first" in two important ways. It is the first license agreement for new technology developed at Navy Corona. In addition, it is the Navy’s first cross-licensing agreement where the Navy licenses technology to a commercial party and in exchange, the commercial party licenses technology for Navy use. The unique agreement also enables the Navy to incorporate improvements driven by market forces into its own system with no additional fee.

MetBench automates calibration procedures that were once done manually and is installed on 160 Navy surface ships, 28 submarines and multiple Navy shore calibration labs. The Navy estimates MetBench will save $65 million by 2017. With this agreement, the commercial sector can now take advantage of the significant efficiencies automated calibration offers.

In announcing the licensing agreement ceremony, the Office of Technology Transfer representative, Jennifer Stewart, credited the TechLink team for making the critical difference in the historic agreement. "This day would have not been possible if it wasn't for [TechLink Senior Technology Manager and Software Licensing Leader] Sean Patten," Stewart said. "Our celebration is because of the great work" TechLink does.

Ceremony participants included Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42); Capt. Eric Ver Hage, NSWC Corona commanding officer; Dr. Bill Luebke, SES, NSWC Corona technical director; and Alen Petrossian, ATS president.