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Data Rights and Protection of Contractor Trade Secrets


Wiley Rein’s Government Contracts attorneys are experts on the unique rules and contract clauses governing intellectual property and the government’s rights in technical data and computer software under government contracts.  Our Government Contracts attorneys are supported by skilled attorneys in our Intellectual Property, Corporate, and Technology practices, who have a wealth of expertise in dealing with high-profile and complex intellectual property matters, from negotiating licenses and other technology transfer agreements to litigating intellectual property disputes. 

Representative experience includes:

  • Training contractor personnel on the unique Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and other supplemental agency regulations that relate to the treatment of intellectual property under government contracts, including how rights in technical data and computer software are determined and allocated, and how to spot “red flags” in solicitations and subcontract agreements.
  • Advising clients on the government’s rights in technical data and computer software and providing strategies to help contractors maximize the protection of their intellectual property rights when doing business with the federal government.
  • Representing contractors in connection with pre-challenge requests for information to validate contractor data rights assertions and restrictive markings on technical data and computer software and formal Contracting Officer challenges under DFARS 252.227-7037.
  • Representing contractors in disputes regarding restrictive markings, government data rights, subject inventions, and contractor patent rights.
  • Conducting internal audits and reviews of contractors’ policies and procedures for protecting and maximizing the value of their intellectual property.
  • Drafting and negotiating licenses and other intellectual property agreements, including specially negotiated licenses and other agreements with the government and between private parties.
  • Assisting clients in protecting against the improper release of proprietary information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), including “reverse-FOIA” actions.
  • Representing clients in disputes with competitors, in both federal and state court, involving theft or misuse of trade secrets, unfair competition, and violations of the Procurement Integrity Act
  • Representing government contractors in patent infringement suits under 28 U.S.C. § 1498(a).

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