This was a half-day symposium on the state of play of IP Rights under DoD contracts, grants and other vehicles.  We discussed the fundamentals under Bayh-Dole, the DFARS and CRADAs, and ventured out into the territory of OTAs, contracts with IRAD funding, and new software acquisition models.  Panelists included legal specialists and representatives from industry and government, including members of the “Government-Industry Advisory Panel” formed pursuant to Section 813 of the FY 2016 NDAA reviewing laws and regulations governing rights in technical data and proprietary data restrictions.  The focus was not just on the current state of the law but changes in the landscape. Breakfast and lunch- provided.

From left to right is David Rikkers – Senior IP Counsel, Office of General Counsel- Raytheon Company, James McEwen- Senior IP Attorney- Sikorsky Aircraft, Elliott Branch- Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Procurement) and Daniel J. Kelly – McCarter & English LLP

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Featured Speaker – Elliott B. Branch

Elliott B. Branch is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Procurement) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition). He is the senior career civilian responsible for acquisition and contracting policy that governs the operation of the Navy’s world-wide, multibillion-dollar acquisition system. Mr. Branch is the principal civilian advisor to the Navy Acquisition Executive for acquisition and procurement matters, serves as the Department of the Navy’s Competition Advocate General and is the leader of the Navy’s contracting, purchasing and government property communities. For more information click here. 

Date: March 20, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Venue: Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, 141 South Bedford Street, Burlington, MA


7:30 – 8:30 am – Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:30 – 10:15 am – Panel 1: The State of Play of IP Rights Under DoD Contracts and Other Funding Vehicles

David Rikkers – Senior IP Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Raytheon Company

Daniel J. Kelly – McCarter & English LLP 

Robert Burger, McCarter & English LLP

Jayme C. Selinger – Senior Technology & Contracts Administrator, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Daeri D. Coskren – Director of Legal & Compliance, Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Ltd             

10:15 – 12:00 pm – Panel 2: Findings & Continued Work of the Section 813 Government-Industry Advisory Panel

Panel Moderators: Daniel Kelly and David Rikkers

Featuring Section 813 Panel Members:

Elliott Branch, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Procurement)

Richard M. Gray, Associate General Counsel, Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the General Counsel (Chair of Patents, Data and Copyrights Committee of the DAR Council) 

James McEwen, Senior IP Attorney, Sikorsky Aircraft                                           

12:00 – 1:00 pm- Lunch & Discussion

Meeting Details:

Dress Type:  Business Casual

Registration Fee:  Member and Government Personnel Fee – $65 / Non-Member Fee – $75

Event Registration:  RSVP required at least two days before the event. Space is limited. click here to register

Note, pre-registration is required – Kostas is a secured facility – ID required


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Parking:  Free parking available

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