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DOD Proposes Substantial Revision to Intellectual Property Rules

September 29, 2010

On September 27, 2010, the DoD published a proposed rule which would substantially revise the DFARS Part 227 rules and the associated clauses relating to Intellectual Property. There are numerous proposed changes which collectively are a mixed bag, but perhaps the most problematic change relates to the treatment of commercial technical data and commercial computer software, which includes a caveat that any government funding eliminates the commercial item nature of the product.

For more information, please contact the professional(s) listed below, or your regular Crowell & Moring contact.

John E. McCarthy Jr.
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2579
Jonathan M. Baker
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1.202.624.2641