EADS Technology Licensing reaches out to the U.S. & Canada

08 June 2012

Opportunities for U.S. and Canada through EADS’ patent portfolio were outlined during contacts at two recent North American outreach events involving the EADS Technology Licensing initiative – which is overseen by the company’s Corporate Technology Office.

New perspectives and partnership opportunities with Canada’s established aerospace industrial sector – as well as its extensive research & development network – were pursued at the CANSEC 2012 defence and security exhibition, held 30-31 May in Ottawa.

The effort was led by Peter Westphal, Senior Manager for Technology Licensing & Intellectual Property, who joined EADS at its largest presence ever during the annual CANSEC event.

“The licensing of such EADS expertise as data for simulation and the AFDX® (Avionics Full DupleX Switched Ethernet) backbone network technology are of interest to Canadian companies, while our competence in materials science and production methods are well-matched with Canada’s government initiatives in research & development,” Westphal said.

Other licensing prospects could be attractive to non-Canadian companies that have an in-country presence as suppliers to both Canada’s military services and the aerospace industry, he added. “In addition to the existing relationships with the United States, we feel EADS offers the opportunity to open new horizons based on our know-how, experience and capabilities.”

The Canadian outreach was followed by meetings on 4-5 June with U.S. representatives from the aerospace, manufacturing and consumer product sectors in the Dayton, Ohio area, which involved the participation of Westphal and Mark Fraser, Director of Research and Technology at EADS North America.

During these sessions, the broad range of patent portfolio opportunities offered by EADS – and its well-defined multi-step “approach & engagement” business process – generated significant interest among the U.S. companies.

“Our proactive approach to offering know-how from EADS – along with our clear technology transfer process that includes opportunities for feasibility studies, training and engineering support – was a real eye-opener for U.S. companies,” Westphal explained. “They all agreed such an outreach is unique in the aerospace and security sectors, and offers opportunities to grow their own businesses.”

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During the U.S. outreach, EADS’ patent portfolio is outlined by Peter Westphal, the company’s Senior Manager for Technology Licensing & Intellectual Property, to attendees at the Wright Brothers Institute in Dayton, Ohio.

The two days of U.S. meetings were organised with support of the Wright Brothers Institute and the Dayton Development Coalition, and arranged with assistance of the EADS Corporate Technology Office and EADS North America.

Technologies of immediate interest for the U.S. attendees included EADS’ patented friction-stir welding solid-state joining process, its Laser Ion Mobility Spectroscopy (LIMS) system for real-time analysis of explosive and chemical hazards, along with the company’s expertise in data for simulation.

“The U.S. companies particularly appreciated our business-oriented attitude for technology licensing, which is considered by EADS as industrial cooperation rather than just opening up a database of patents for sale,” Fraser said. “Our approach in offering clusters of technologies related to their potential industrial needs also was well received.”

Follow-up contacts with attendees from the two days of activities in Ohio are planned, along with meetings involving other companies that subsequently have expressed interest after hearing about the U.S. outreach.