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When Strings Attach to Intellectual Property: Far Reaching Consequences of Performing U.S. Government Contracts and Subcontracts
Monday, November 4, 2013
6:00pm - 9:00pm
There is no charge for this program.

The program is an "outreach" by the City Bar and welcomes participation by non-lawyers, high-tech entrepreneurs, and science and engineering students. The roundtable will discuss three situations that highlight the consequences for a contractor that enters into a contract with the U.S. government under which it might develop intellectual property in which the government will gain rights (focusing chiefly on rights to patentable inventions, copyrighted works of authorship, technical data, and software).

The three situations reflect different stages of a business' life-cycle and the risks it needs to weigh when it has the opportunity to be awarded a U.S. government contract or subcontract. The three situations we will discuss are:
(1) an established domestic high-tech company considering whether, for the first time, to seek a research and development ("R&D") contract or subcontract from the U.S. government; (2) a start-up, domestic small business firm, considering the terms and risks of entering into an R&D contract or subcontract for the U.S. government; and (3) a firm in which foreign parties exercise ownership, control, or influence and that wishes to acquire a U.S. defense contractor.

Moderator: JAMES KLAIBER, Pryor Cashman, Intellectual Property Group; Chair, Committee on Patents, New York City Bar Association

Speakers: FERNAND A. LAVALLEE, DLA Piper; Co-Chair, ABA Public Contracts Law Section, Committee on Intellectual Property; ROLAND TROPE, Trope and Schramm LLP; Adjunct Professor, Department of Law, U.S. Military Academy; GEORGE O. WINBORNE, Office of Command Counsel, U.S. Army Materiel Command HQ, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL; STANTON WEINSTEIN, Intellectual Property Counsel, Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors and MS2 Radar Systems lines of business in Syracuse, NY and Moorestown, NJ

Sponsored by: Committee on Copyright and Literary Property, Andrea Calvaruso, Chair; Committee on Patents, James Klaiber, Chair; Committee on Information Technology, Joshua Graubart, Chair

Co-sponsored by: MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, Inc.


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