10 steps to protect IP under government contracts

  • Document Private Development
    • R&D Project Documentation
    • Accounting Records
  • Maintain Records
    • Can You Find Them?
    • Can You Retrieve Legacy Data?
  • Carefully Review & Draft SOWs
    • Search & Evaluate Use of Term “Develop”
    • “Demonstrate” not “Develop”
  • Provide Pre-Notification of Rights
    • Give Pre-Award Notice of Anticipated Technology/Data Use
    • Give Post-Award Notice of Unanticipated Technology/Data Use
  • Consider Advance Agreements, Including Agreements On:
    • Item/Software Developed Prior to Contract
    • Commercial Item/Software Status
    • Rights in Data/Background Patents
  • Consider Specially Negotiated Rights, Including:
    • Staggered Licenses (Limited Rights converting to Government Purposes,to Unlimited)
    • Re-define “Government Purpose”
    • When Govt. Purpose License Begins/Ends
  • Give Timely Notice of Inventions
  • Properly Legend Deliverable Data
  • Review Manuals for Limited/Restricted Rights Data
  • Protect Proprietary Property
    • Employee/Consultant Confidentiality Agreements
    • Use & Non-Disclosure Agreements
    • Cross License Subcontractor Technology
    • Transfer of Copyright by Employees/Consultants