Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
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Intellectual Property Rights: Why You Should Care and How to Manage Them

  • November 2015
  • By Julie B. Cohen, Eileen Wrubel
  • This presentation discusses strategies and language for addressing IP rights throughout the acquisition lifecycle.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • This presentation was created for a conference series or symposium and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
  • Abstract

    Intellectual property (IP) rights are an important part of almost every acquisition strategy, but planning for and managing IP rights have special concerns for software and system acquisition. Your program must develop an IP strategy early in the lifecycle to ensure that the proper rights are available throughout the entire lifecycle. Understanding why IP rights are important throughout the lifecycle is vital to determining which IP rights to include in the acquisition. You then need strategies to ensure that your program includes the proper language in its acquisition documents and that the program and its contractors take the proper steps during execution to ensure compliance with the required IP rights.

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