Intellectual Property Management References
IP management is one of the most misunderstood areas of contracting with the government. The references below are provided to help developers understand the meanings, differences, and implications regarding:
- Intellectual Property vs License Rights (Ownership vs Right to use)
- Data Rights – which are dependent on the funding source(s) for the development effort.
- Software Rights – which are different than data rights, and also dependent on funding source.
- Deliverables vs Rights – many times it is to no one’s advantage to deliver prototype data or beta software source code for a prototype system. Deferred delivery is often used to manage these resources and saves both the government and the contractor resources.
Learn more from the DOD Intellectual Property Guide listed below or address questions via e-mail regarding specific CTTSO projects to the Technology Transition Manager.
The DoD Intellectual Property Guide – a plain speak explanation about how Intellectual Property, Data, and Software are managed in DOD contracts.
CTTSO contracts operate under the provisions of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The specific area of the DFARS dealing with IP management can be found in DFARS 252.227 - Sections 7004 to 7015.