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Creating Intellectual Property is Hard; Losing It to Uncle Sam is Easy

Companies invest vast resources in the development of intellectual property with the legitimate expectation that they will be the principal, if not exclusive, beneficiaries of their intellectual endeavors. Protecting technical data and computer software when dealing with the U.S. Government is not impossible, but to do so you must complete a fairly complicated obstacle course without once stumbling or falling. Set forth below are ten easy ways, when dealing with Uncle Sam, to lose your footing when running the course, and with it, losing your preferred market position with respect to your own technology. With apologies to David Letterman, here are the “Top 10” ways to give away the “family jewels.”

Copyright © 2022, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.National Law Review, Volume III, Number 268
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Louis D. Victorino, Government Contracts, Attorney, Sheppard Mullin, law firm
Special Counsel

Mr. Victorino is a partner in the Government Contracts and Regulated Industries Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Victorino's practice involves both counseling and litigation in the Public Contract Law field, representing domestic and foreign concerns that sell products, construction or services to Federal, State, or local government agencies. In his 40 year career, he has litigated in excess of thirty matters before the Court of Federal Claims, the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Comptroller General, and various Federal...

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Keith R. Szeliga, government contracts attorney, Sheppard Mullin, law firm
Associate

Keith R. Szeliga is an associate in the Government Contracts & Regulated Industries Practice Group of the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Szeliga has broad experience in Government contracts matters, including bid protests, claims and appeals, compliance reviews, and internal investigations. He has advised clients ranging from small businesses to some of the nation's largest defense contractors regarding the full spectrum of statutes and regulations applicable to Government contractors, including, for example, matters relating to...

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John W. Chierichella, Sheppard Mullin Law Firm, International Trade Attorney
Partner

John Chierichella is a partner in the Government Contracts and Regulated Industries Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Chierichella has a broad range of experience in government contract matters, including bid protests, claims and appeals, cost and CAS issues, teaming disputes, GSA's Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program, compliance reviews and internal investigations, and qui tam and other False Claims Act litigation.

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