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Intellectual Property and Technical Data

Today’s blog is an updated version of Bill Kobren’s original “Hot Topics” post on the critical interdisciplinary topics of Intellectual Property and Data Rights, Technical Data Management, and…

Intellectual Property and Technical Data

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Shawn Harrison

Today’s blog is an updated version of Bill Kobren’s original “Hot Topics” post on the critical interdisciplinary topics of Intellectual Property and Data Rights, Technical Data Management, and Configuration Management.

Definitions

  • Technical Data Management - Technical Data represents recorded information of scientific or technical nature, regardless of form or character (such as equipment technical manuals and engineering drawings), engineering data, specifications, standards and Data Item Descriptions (DID). Data rights, data delivery, as well as use of any source controlled data as part of this element are included in Technical Data as are “as maintained” bills of material and system configuration identified by individual Configuration Item (CI). Technical Data does not include computer software or financial, administrative, cost or pricing, or management data or other information incidental to contract administration." (Source: 10 USC 2302(4))
  • Data Rights - Strategy to identify and manage the full spectrum of IP (e.g., technical data and computer software deliverables, patented technologies, and appropriate license rights) from program inception and throughout the life cycle. The IP Strategy will describe how program management will assess program needs for, and acquire competitively when possible, IP deliverables and associated license rights needed for competitive, affordable acquisition and sustainment over the life cycle. The IP Strategy is updated throughout the life cycle, summarized in the Acquisition Strategy, and in the Life-Cycle Sustainment Plan during the Operations and Support Phase. Program management is responsible for evaluating and implementing open systems architectures, where cost effective, and implementing a consistent IP Strategy. This approach integrates technical requirements, contracting mechanisms, and legal considerations to support continuous multiple competitive alternatives throughout the life cycle. (Source: DAU Glossary)
  • Configuration Management - A management process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product's performance, functional, and physical attributes with its requirements, design and operational information throughout its life. (Source: DAU Glossary)

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