Protecting and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in Government Contracts

Preserving IP Rights in a Complex Regulatory Environment

An extensive 2-hour briefing

Recording of a 120-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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This CLE course will provide guidance on preserving and protecting intellectual property rights in the context of federal agency contracts. The panel will review best practices for counsel from negotiating the contract and managing the relationship to handling disputes.


Businesses negotiating and working under federal government contracts are subject to a myriad of complex rules and regulations. When intellectual property rights are involved, the complexities quickly escalate.

One inherent risk of contracting with the government is the potential loss or dilution of a company's intellectual property rights. To minimize that risk, company counsel must carefully negotiate with the government to ensure that the business's IP rights are protected.

A company's government contract counsel and IP counsel must also work together to analyze the impact of contract terms on IP rights—and to understand the variety of ways that government contracts differ from the commercial context.

Listen as our authoritative panel provides their experienced insights for preserving and protecting IP rights in the context of federal agency contracts. The seminar will review best practices for counsel from negotiating the contract and managing the relationship to handling disputes.



  1. Acquisition of IP rights in government contracts
  2. Strategies for preservation of IP rights
    1. Patents
    2. Copyrights and trade secrets — software
    3. Copyrights and trade secrets — non-software
    4. Trademarks
    5. Subcontractor unique rights
    6. Preservation techniques
  3. Government misuse of IP
    1. Remedies against government for specific types of IP
    2. Administrative claims
  4. Best practices


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the most critical issues to consider in negotiating government contracts that involve IP rights?
  • What are the key strategies to protect patents, copyrights, and trademarks in government contract work?
  • What remedies are available to private companies operating under a government contract if the government misuses their IP?


David S. Bloch
David S. Bloch

Winston & Strawn

Mr. Bloch focuses on intellectual property litigation. His experience also includes intellectual property matters that...  |  Read More

James G. McEwen
James G. McEwen

Stein McEwen

He has prepared and been involved in patent validity and infringement opinions, reissue and reexamination proceedings,...  |  Read More

Richard M. Gray
Richard M. Gray
Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Deputy General Counsel for Acquisition & Logistics
U.S. Department of Defense Office of the General Counsel

He advises senior Department of Defense officials on cyber and information law, intellectual property, information and...  |  Read More

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