Intellectual Property

  • What qualifies as “Developed at Private Expense?”

    Say a contractor develops noncommercial computer software, claims to have done so “exclusively at private expense” by charging those costs into it’s indirect cost pool.  That indirect cost pool is then arguably covered by the government under approved billing rates allocated over various contracts. Given this then contractor then claims Restricted Rights to that software.  […]

  • Types of IP Rights in Government Contracts

    Question Can you explain the 3 levels of rights that the government can claim in regards to IP rights: limited, unlimited and government purpose rights. Where is government purpose rights mentioned in the FAR? Answer Note that DFAR 227.7103-1 states, ” DoD policy is to acquire only the technical data, and the rights in that data, […]