2012 Defense Act Could Weaken Contractors' IP Rights
By Dietrich Knauth
Law360, New York (February 27, 2012, 2:58 PM EST) -- In an effort to increase competition among defense contractors, Congress has given the U.S. military more leeway to demand technical data that is used to design the weapons it purchases, but the broad and ambiguous wording of the law could leave contractors scrambling to protect their intellectual property rights, experts say.
The government already had broad rights to contractor technical data that is developed with government funds. But the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act expanded the government's ability to demand technical data that is developed entirely...