Splitting the IP Baby: Allocation of IP Rights Between the Government and Its Contractors and Grantees
Topic: Contract Formation
Original Air Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Program Code: 170052
The Government pursues parallel IP strategies: increasing the use and acquisition of commercial IP, while still paying for the creation of significant amounts of "custom" IP. Each track comes with its own unique challenges. This webinar will review the current state of intellectual property (software, patents, and technical data) allocation and any implications of Bayh-Dole; discuss how contractors and grantees can protect their rights while still providing the government with rights that it needs, and discuss the proposed changes by the Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) that may change your IP strategy.
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- Existing FAR and DFARS IP provision - what they say and what they mean;
- Tips on how to protect your IP and negotiate acceptable rights for the government, including practical negotiation strategies and;
- Proposed changes to the DFARS IP provisions.
Bryan Cave, LLP
William Weisberg focuses his practice on government contracts and grants. He represents companies, non-profits and educational institutions entering into business arrangements with, or involving, government entities, including clients selling to defense and civilian federal agencies, as well as state and local governments. Mr. Weisberg represents clients in all phases of the contract and grant process, including cost accounting, bid protests and claims, intellectual property, standards of conduct and ethics, labor and employment regulations, export controls, restrictions on foreign goods, performance and termination disputes and security clearance matters. He represents clients ranging from experienced contractors and grantees to those entering the government market for the first time. Mr. Weisberg represents firms doing custom work for the government, as well as organizations selling commercial goods and services, who view the government as just another customer.
Mr. Weisberg's clients include information technology firms (manufacturers, developers, integrators and resellers), manufacturing companies, private equity and emerging growth companies, professional service firms, bio-technology, life-sciences and other technology firms, property owners, construction and engineering companies, advertising and public relations agencies and a variety of dealers and resellers of products and services. He also represents non-profits, educational institutions, subcontractors and sub-grantees.
Bryan Cave, LLP
Joyce Tong focuses her practice on government contracts and grants. She represents information technology firms, manufacturing companies, and professional service firms entering into business arrangements with, or involving, government entities, in bid protests, ethical and corporate compliance issues, product sourcing compliance (such as the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts as well as the Berry Amendment) and intellectual property issues. She counsels clients on the interpretation of regulatory and statutory law and the impact of those laws on their government contracts and business in general. Ms. Tong has represented clients in pre- and post- contract award disputes before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Government Accountability Office. Ms. Tong is a speaker on these issues and works with the National Contract Management Association.
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