Intellectual Property & Technology Rights

BLOG: Raytheon Challenges CO Intellectual Property Decision in COFC

March 17, 2020
By Patrick T. Rothwell
In a recent Court of Federal Claims (COFC) case, Raytheon Corporation (Raytheon) challenged a federal agency order that a Government Purpose Right (GPR) legend be affixed to documents purportedly containing technical data. COFC held that the contracting officer's (CO) decision that the documents contained technical data and the CO order to affix a GPR legend constituted a claim under COFC jurisdiction. This demonstrates that government contractors may challenge similar intellectual property disputes in COFC, despite an adverse final decision from a CO.

Cybersecurity Update—Round II

March 22, 2018
As part of our continuing effort to keep you updated with new developments relating to compliance with the Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 252.204-7012, this blog post provides a link to the long-anticipated template for a system security plan and other key information related to implementation of the security controls set forth in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171.

HUBZone Definition of "Employee" Not So Black-and-White

By Peter B. Ford
In a recent decision, HUBZone Appeal of Q Services, Inc., the Small Business Administration ("SBA") clarified that the number of hours worked by a person does not bar SBA from examining the totality of the circumstances to determine whether that individual qualifies as an employee for HUBZone program eligibility purposes.

Happy Cybersecurity New Year

December 7, 2017
By Jon Williams
DFARS 252.204-7012 requires DoD contractors with nonfederal information systems that contain controlled unclassified information ("CUI") to implement the security requirements in National Institutes of Standards and Technology ("NIST") Special Publication ("SP") 800-171 by 12/31/17. So, understanding if you need to rush to implement the security requirements in NIST SP 800-171 begins with figuring out whether you perform DoD contracts that contain DFARS 252.204-7012 and if you have a nonfederal information system containing CUI (which the government is supposed to identify).

What’s in a name? Alleviating Confusion About Trademarks

June 23, 2017
The name of your company is important. It is the proper noun that identifies the company. It is the official name under which the company does business. The company has built its brand under that name. To protect the reputation or goodwill that you have built in the public under the company’s name you should consider seeking federal trademark registration.
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