22 February 2013
With high-level support from EADS, the company’s patent portfolio licensing and technology transfer activities are now expanding into Russia, opening new opportunities with the country’s evolving industrial base.
The new focus was endorsed this week at a Moscow board meeting of the EADS Russian Technology Office (RTO), which comes under the international operations of EADS Innovation Works – the company’s research and technology arm.
EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti, (left); Wulf Hoeflich, Head of the EADS Technology Licensing initiative (center); and Arnaud Marfurt the Head of International Operations at EADS Innovation Works, share a moment after the EADS RTO board meeting in Moscow at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Members of the RTO board include EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti; Charles Champion, the Airbus Executive Vice President of Engineering; and Academician Alexander Kuleshov, Director of the Institute for Information Transmission Problems.
“With the board’s enthusiastic backing, we now have the direction and momentum to kick off our activities in Russia,” explained Wulf Hoeflich, Head of the EADS Technology Licensing initiative. “These efforts also are fully supported by Meridian Capital, the independent Moscow-based investment boutique that supports EADS Innovation Works’ business development in Russia.”
Hoeflich said the Russian automotive sector is an initial priority for EADS’ patent portfolio licensing activities, and the country’s aerospace companies being another focal point.
“In addition to seeking opportunities with aircraft manufacturers and suppliers in Russia – where EADS expertise is highly valued – we believe many of our technologies can benefit the very dynamic Russian automobile industry, which continues to rise in the worldwide rankings.”
Another activity identified for the EADS Technology Licensing initiative is coordinating EADS’ technology transfer efforts with Russia. This could be pursued with the support of development mechanisms and funding instruments that have been created to promote the transfer of know-how from such leading Western companies as EADS to partners in Russia.
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