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American Bar Association

The ABCs of Intellectual Property in Government Contracts

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Overview / Abstract:

As part of its emphasis on reducing program lifecycle and reprocurement costs through increased competition, the federal government is ramping up its pursuit of intellectual property rights in items, components, and processes acquired under U.S. government contracts. Government contractors, on the other hand, have a significant competitive interest in protecting their intellectual property from disclosure to, or use by, their competitors or potential competitors. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and agency-specific procurement regulations, such as the Department of Defense FAR Supplement establish the regulatory framework for balancing these competing interests. Public contract professionals within the federal government and the private sector alike must have a grasp of these rules in order to effectively satisfy their contracting and strategic goals. This program's faculty will provide an overview of these complex rules and recent and expected developments relating to these rules. The panel discusses: - Rules governing rights in technical data and computer software, including the different treatment for civilian and DOD agencies - Unique rules governing commercial item procurements - Unique government procurement rules relating to patents and inventions - Best intellectual property practices for the government and contractors


Sep 11, 2020


Attorney , Paralegal





Credits / Hours

1.50 General CLE Credit Hours

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Jacinta Alves
John E McCarthy Jr
Jonathan Michael Baker

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Center for Professional Development
Section of Public Contract Law

Keywords / Search Terms

American Bar Association

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