ACC National Capital Region

Government Contractors Forum Boot Camp: Intellectual Property and Data Rights in Government Contracting


LIVE ONLY at Tegna/Valo Park, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia.


Rights in intellectual property related to government contracts are critical to both government agencies and the contractors that serve them.  This half-day program will provide an overview and practical guidance on some of the thorniest IP issues confronting government contractors today.

Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.- Software Licensing Issues When Contracting with the Government

Presented by Tina Reynolds and Jay DeVecchio of Morrison & Foerster LLP; Eric Yeo, Associate General Counsel, Booz Allen Hamilton; and Richard Gray, Associate General Counsel, United States Department of Defense.

In the commercial world, software typically comes with a standard, non-negotiable license agreement.  When contracting with the federal government, this model does not directly translate, and there are a number of additional considerations that contractors, subcontractors, and resellers of commercial software need to keep in mind.  During this panel we will discuss:

Statutory preferences for commercial software;

Tailoring of commercial license terms to meet federal government requirements;

Terms that are never enforceable with government customers;

How to be certain that a license agreement is fully incorporated into the contract;

Marking requirements for software and technical data;

Consequences of failure to incorporate license terms or to mark software and associated data;

Unique considerations for subcontractors and companies using resellers to supply software to government customers;

Challenges presented by software as a service and cloud-based software delivery;

Special situations – IDIQ and GSA Schedule contracts;

Misconceptions about pricing commercial computer software;

Tips for dealing with government customers on software licensing issues.

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.  When Data Rights Go Wrong

Presented by Nicole Owren-Wiest of Wiley Rein LLP and Laurie Landgraf, Senior Counsel, The Boeing Company.

Data rights disputes are an increasingly common occurrence, as government agencies attempt to minimize the time and cost needed to accomplish their missions and contractors try to maximize the rights they retain and their ability to win new work.  What happens when the two sides don’t reach a resolution?  And what if the dispute is really at the subcontractor level?  This panel will address the disputes that can arise, and will provide practical insights into how to avoid and resolve them.


 See above in event description.


Breakfast and snacks will be served. 


Credits: 3.0 hours pending
State: Virginia
Category: General


Robin Hayutin
Phone: 703-242-8773


Members: $40 for members; $20 for members in-transition
Non-members: $75

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