A different kind of spin cycle

We’re used to hearing about spin-offs, but what about spin-outs and spin-ins? Naval laboratories get scores of patents every year. What do you do with all that intellectual property? Ideally, and as long as the technology isn’t sensitive, you’d like to spin it out to other users, including commercial industry. As part of the Department of the Navy’s continuing efforts to streamline its business practices, the Office of Naval Research’s Commercial Technology Transition Officer has conducted a technology transition “wargame” in Potomac, Maryland. Participants from government, industry, and academia focused on “Spin-Out”: transferring Naval technologies from the Department of the Navy to other agencies and the commercial sector.