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An essential two-day program for government contract professionals.

Includes coverage of Data Rights issues in Federal Supply Schedule contracting, new developments in Open Source Software issues, and the FAR Part 27 Plain English Rewrite. Coverage also includes:

  • Coverage of new developments in both defense and civilian agency procurements.
  • Special coverage of the final DOD regulations and of the Information Technology Management Reform Act (ITMRA).
  • How product ownership is negotiated and determined.
  • Contractor and Government options, rights, and responsibilities.

If you're involved in government contracting, you undoubtedly know how vital patents, technical data, and computer software rights are. If you don't know, then you must learn, for these rights mean product ownership of intellectual property in both the present and future, and how ownership will be determined between the government and the contractor.

It is, however, an unusually complex area containing a wide range of variables and circumstances. In addition, the difficulties are compounded by the government's determination to completely retain title to the patents and technical data for products it has contracted for, and from the unique problems that can arise when computer software is the product at hand.

The purpose of this specialized program is to provide the most practical information possible on computer software, patents, and technical data rights from the perspective of both the government and contractors and their professional advisers. It is a clear, incisive analysis of each side's rights, responsibilities, and remedies.

The detailed course curriculum tells the story. In addition, the program will be presented by an expert course faculty: government contract professionals with exhaustive experience in this crucial area of procurement who have authored an extensive course manual for participants.

Dates and Locations
October 24-25, 2018
Executive Conference and Training Center
Sterling, VA
Day 1
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations
Day 2
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations

Rights in Technical Data & Computer Software in Government Contracts Course Agenda

Note for La Jolla, CA, and Hilton Head, SC Locations:
Day One begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM
Day Two begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 11:00 AM

  1. Data Rights Policies-The Competing Interests
    1. Government
      1. As buyer
      2. As maker of economic policy
    2. Contractor
      1. Developers
      2. Parts replicators
  2. The Allocation of Rights
    1. Unique Concepts and Terms
    2. The Basic Clause
    3. Military vs. Civilian Rules
    4. Frequent Changes
    5. Rights in Drawings, Not Technology
    6. Licenses vs. Ownership
    7. Development and Source of Development Funding
    8. Government Enforcement
    9. Administrative Burdens
    10. Seeking Compromise
  3. Regulatory Revisions
    1. Early Protection of Proprietary Data
    2. Multiple Revisions of Data Rights Policies
    3. Cause of Recent Changes
      1. Section 800 Committee
      2. Section 807 Committee
      3. National Performance Review
      4. Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act
  4. Technical Data and Computer Software Defined
    1. Technical Data
    2. Computer Software
    3. Commercial vs. Non-Commercial
      1. Current regulations
      2. Proposed regulations
  5. Unlimited Rights in Software and Technical Data
    1. What Are “Unlimited Rights”?
    2. What Technical Data Must Be Delivered with Unlimited Rights?
      1. Items developed with Government funds
      2. Data developed with Government funds
      3. Experimental, research data
      4. Changes to Government-furnished data
      5. “Form, fit, and function” data
      6. Manuals
      7. Publicly available and non-secret data
      8. Otherwise-defined unlimited rights data
      9. Expired-rights data
      10. Commercial technical data
    3. What Computer Software Must Contractors Deliver with Unlimited Rights
      1. “Required to be originated” or “generated as a necessary part”
      2. Adoption of unlimited rights categories of technical data
      3. Corrections to Government-furnished software and public software
      4. Software resulting from experimental research
      5. Databases
    4. Rights in Undelivered Data
  6. Limited Rights in Technical Data
    1. “Limited Rights” Defined
    2. Data That May Be Delivered with Limited Rights
      1. “Item, component, or process”
      2. “Developed”
      3. “At private expense”
    3. Confidentiality and Marking
    4. Commercial Technical Data
  7. Restricted Rights in Computer Software
    1. What Software Qualifies for Restricted Rights
      1. Current and proposed regulations
      2. Segregation of computer code
      3. Development of software
    2. Noncommercial Software
    3. Commercial Software
    4. Marking Requirements
    5. Current and Proposed Regulations
  8. GPLR and GPR
    1. Government Purpose License Rights
    2. Government Purpose Rights
    3. What They Are
  9. Non-Standard Rights
    1. In the Current Regulations
    2. In the Proposed Regulations
  10. Protecting Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software
    1. The Essentials
      1. Develop at private expense
      2. Retaining evidence
      3. Avoiding development of items directly in performance
      4. Providing written notice prior to award
      5. Giving notice during performance
      6. Reaching agreements
      7. Marking data and software
      8. Protecting proprietary information
    2. Desirability of Reviewing Past Deliverables
      1. Why audit past deliverables?
      2. How to accomplish an audit
    3. Instituting Practices to Protect Future Deliverables
      1. Desirable practices
      2. What records to retain
    4. Recognizing Danger Signals in Solicitations
      1. Descriptions of deliverables
      2. Looking at the boilerplate
      3. Estimating what will have to be developed
      4. Calling for help
      5. The eight recurring duties
  11. Licensing: A Solution to Data Rights Disputes
    1. Modified Government Purpose Licenses
    2. Technical Assistance
    3. Payments to the Contractor
    4. Delivery of Data Packages and Qualification of Vendors
    5. Term of the License
    6. Postponement of Disputes
    7. Conditions of Protection and Security
    8. Warranties and Indemnification
    9. Additional Considerations for Software
  12. Remedies for Misuse of Proprietary Information
    1. Administrative Remedies
      1. Withholding payments and termination
      2. Starting the validation process
    2. Contractor Remedies for Threatened Disclosure
      1. Injunctive relief
      2. Bid protest remedies
    3. Contractor’s Remedies for Actual Release
      1. District Courts
      2. Court of Federal Claims
      3. Boards of Contract Appeals
  13. Patent Rights
    1. Government Rights
    2. Government Acquisition of Principal Rights
    3. Contractor Retention of Principal Rights
    4. Deferred and Greater Rights Determinations
    5. Proposal Of Equivalent Merit
    6. Selecting Appropriate Contract Clauses
    7. Reversionary Interests
    8. Disputes Over Patent Rights
    9. Remedies for Infringement
  14. Using the Freedom of Information Act
    1. The Act
    2. Obtaining Information
    3. Protecting Contract Information

Keith R. Szeliga
Keith R. Szeliga is a partner and Co-Practice Group Leader in the Government Contracts, Investigations, and International Trade Group in Sheppard Mullin’s Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Szeliga represents clients ranging from small businesses to the nation's largest defense contractors in a broad range of government contracts matters. His practice includes bid protests, compliance reviews and counseling, audits and investigations, mergers and acquisitions, subcontracts and teaming agreements, and claims and appeals.  
Mr. Szeliga advises clients regarding the full spectrum of statutes and regulations applicable to government contractors.  With regard to government contracts intellectual property in particular, his experience includes counseling clients regarding standard intellectual property clauses, negotiating licenses, customizing end user license agreements, developing intellectual property protection strategies, implementing policies and procedures, conducting internal reviews, and supporting claims.  Mr. Szeliga also has specialized expertise in the areas of government contracts cost and pricing, ethics and compliance, personal and organizational conflicts of interest, revolving door restrictions, mandatory disclosures, and small business issues relevant to mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Szeliga publishes and lectures frequently on these and other topics of interest to the government contracts community. His full bio and publications are available at
W. Jay DeVecchio
W. Jay DeVecchio is a litigator and Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. Clients from the aerospace, technology, and health care sectors seek his representation in all facets of government procurement law, from bid protests to complex claims and disputes through suspension and debarment. He also represents clients in related issues such as criminal and civil fraud, qui  tam actions, and internal investigations.
Duke University 
(B.A., 1974, cum laude) 
The Catholic University School of Law 
(J.D., 1978)  
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22685 Holiday Park Drive, Suite 60
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Sterling, VA 20166

Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles
22700 Holiday Park Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 537-7800

There is a room block for this location.  This hotel is located across the street from the ECTC.  For guest room reservations, call 703.537.7800 and reference “Federal Publications." Note that these reservations must be made three weeks prior to the start of the event and that the rooms are subject to availability.

Breakfast, lunch and breaks will be served at this location.


Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles
22700 Holiday Park Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 537-7800

There is a room block for this location.  This hotel is located across the street from the ECTC.  For guest room reservations, call 703.537.7800 and reference “Federal Publications." Note that these reservations must be made three weeks prior to the start of the event and that the rooms are subject to availability.

Breakfast, lunch and breaks will be served at this location.

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