Bradley attorney Aron Beezley was quoted in Bloomberg Law on the government’s ability to share a contractor’s technical data without restriction. The federal government requires companies that want to work for the U.S. to sign an unlimited rights license, which allows the government to do whatever it pleases with a contractor’s proprietary data, including passing on prototypes to competitors.
If a contractor can’t maintain the right to commercialize technical data, “a chilling effect could be created that causes certain contractors to reconsider doing business with certain government customers,” Beezley said.
Aggressive positions on data could be explained by “a general lack of appreciation by certain federal agencies” about balancing government and contractor rights to technical data, he added.
The complete article, “Boeing, Raytheon Fight to Protect Data in Federal Contracts,” appeared in Bloomberg Law on April 6, 2020.