A Joint IP Agreement to Evaluate Graphene Composites in Lightning Strike Protection
Aug 18, 2021

A Joint IP Agreement to Evaluate Graphene Composites in Lightning Strike Protection

Haydale, a UK Advanced-material group,  announced recently that it has filed a joint patent applicant with Airbus SE, a European Plane maker, to cover the intellectual property by the intellectual property (IP) cooperatively generated by Haydale and Airbus. This jointly project is to evaluate Graphene Composites in Lightning Strike protection.

 

Lightning strikes can affect airline operations and make costly delays happen or result in service interruptions. Lightning protection is used on some airplanes to avoid delays and interruptions as well as reduce the significance of the strike. To increase the effectiveness of repairs to damage caused by lightning, maintenance staff must be familiar with lightning protection procedures, proper inspection, and repair measures.

Most lightning strikes occur during the climbing and descending portions of a flight. A Boeing technical report in 2012 notes that 96% of strikes occur within clouds at altitudes between 5,000 and 15,000 feet. you can read here about 7 Aircraft Disasters Caused by Lightning Strikes, 


Haydale in 2019 October had launched a range of graphene-enhanced prepreg material for lightning strike protection. The graphene-enhanced prepreg material, utilize functionalized nanomaterial to improve the electrical conductivity and to reduce the unloaded weight of an airliner cost-effectively and with clear environmental benefits. 

According to Haydale, the material can be used for structural components or for enclosures for electronic avionics systems. The developed nanomaterial also has potential applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), space applications, commercial aviation, or even offshore wind turbine blades. 

Haydale had already cooperation with Airbus in the material development but the recent agreement could cover all intellectual property rights earn in the further steps. In addition to Airbus, other companies were collaborated with Haydal in developing this material, such as BAE Systems, GE Aviation, and Element Materials Technology Warwick Ltd. within the U.K.’s National Aerospace Technology Program (NATEP)-supported GraCELs project.  In this project, the first restatements of materials were developed and subjected to lightning strike tests.

 

What is a cooperation agreement?

A collaboration agreement is a legally obligatory agreement between different parties that want to co-operate together or work jointly on a commercial project and the agreement defines how the parties will work together, share the resulted benefits, tasks and responsibilities created by or for the project between the parties as well as setting out what happens if the parties cannot agree or want to stop collaborating on the project and to terminate the agreement.

Collaborations can engage complications in managing the interrelationships between privacy, use of existing IP, publication of information, commercialization, and decision-making around IP rights. Collaborations can result in the creation of new IP in inventions, products, services, processes, software, and other material. Understanding and management of potential IP issues can help to prevent delays and avoid disputes as the project develops.

 

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