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Intellectual Property Rights in Government Contracts: Patents


Understand when and how the government obtains rights in a contractor's intellectual property.

A company's intellectual property is one of its most important assets and can be a subject of difficult negotiations even in the commercial sector. Extensive regulation, however, increases the challenge when contracting with the federal government. Paired with the government's ever-increasing focus on contractor intellectual property, contractors unfamiliar with the regulatory scheme surrounding contractor intellectual property may unwittingly surrender rights to the government, compromising the value not only of a specific asset but also of the company as a whole. This topic will help government contractors understand when and how the government obtains rights in a contractor's intellectual property focusing on patent rights. This information is vital for any company considering its intellectual property a competitive advantage in the marketplace.



Scott A. Felder

Scott A. Felder

Wiley Rein LLP

  • Partner in the office of Wiley Rein LLP and head of the firm’s patent prosecution practice
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of intellectual property identification, protection, management, and enforcement, with a focus on the complex intellectual property issues confronted by government contractors and an emphasis on the aerospace, defense, and intelligence sectors
  • Routinely represents clients in intellectual property disputes and negotiations with the government
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on intellectual property under government contracts and other government funding agreements, including instruction at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA
  • Author of several publications related to intellectual property and government contracts
  • Membership information: American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Public Contract Law; Intellectual Property and Technology Committee: vice-chair, 2011-2016, 2019-Present; co-chair, 2016-2019; Technology & Electronic Communications Committee: vice-chair, 2013-2015; co-chair, 2015-2018; American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Admitted to practice in Missouri and the District of Columbia and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and Federal Circuits, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • J.D. degree, Order of the Coif, University of Virginia School of Law; M.A. degree, United States Army War College; B.E. degree, summa cum laude, Vanderbilt University
  • Can be contacted at 202-719-7029 or [email protected]

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