intellectual property

Pentagon assembles team of intellectual property experts
Questions linger about how to properly compensate defense industry for data

The Pentagon's intellectual property team can include personnel from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, military departments and combatant commands. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Defense Department is on the verge of standing up a new cadre of intellectual property experts to help the Pentagon negotiate rights to valuable data and other IP from defense contractors, the department’s top weapons buyer said Monday.

“We need to go on the offense to protect our technology, versus merely acting defensively,” Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and sustainment, said during a briefing with reporters.