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Protection of intellectual property is key to any company’s ability to compete in the marketplace, and that axiom applies equally to defense contractors. Contract and procurement professionals in the defense industry are often in the frontlines, routinely facing challenges in managing and negotiating the government’s rights to technical data and computer software developed by contractors.

This hour-long webinar explains the various types of data rights the government may obtain in contractor’s technical data and computer software under the DFARS. The program also explains the fundamental steps contractors must take to protect their data and explores steps contractors may take in negotiating government’s right to the data as contractors strive to balance the competing objectives of protecting their intellectual property, meeting their government customer’s data needs and winning competitions.
About Our Presenter ...
Charles Thomasian, Senior Corporate Counsel
The Aerospace Corporation's Office of the General Counsel

Image result for charles thomasian aerospaceCharles A. Thomasian is currently a Senior Corporate Counsel in The Aerospace Corporation’s Office of the General Counsel in El Segundo, California. His practice for the last nineteen (19) years has been primarily focused on intellectual property matters, with significant focus on IP and data rights issues in complex U.S. Government contracts under FAR/DFARS. Mr. Thomasian’s in-house counsel role also includes a significant corporate transactional practice in areas such as FAA regulatory compliance with respect to unmanned aircraft systems (drones), Cyber Security, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Export/Import Control regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Foreign Military Sales, patents, software/technology licensing, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, drafting and negotiation of teaming agreements, development agreements, joint venture agreements, and collaborative agreements.

Mr. Thomasian has been a frequent lecturer on Intellectual Property law, including advanced topics on data rights in U.S. Government contracts. He also served as an adjunct lecturer on Intellectual Property law at Rice University, in Houston, Texas. Mr. Thomasian received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Houston in Texas; and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Houston Law Center.