Bruce Jette: IP Management Policy Marks Initial Step in ‘Cultural Change’ Within Army

Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for acquisition, technology and logistics, has said the new intellectual property management policy seeks to strike a balance between efforts to promote industry innovation and long-term sustainment considerations.

The policy “discourages a one-size-fits-all attitude and requires that we consider the unique needs of each weapon system and its components as we develop the IP strategy,” Jette wrote in an article published Thursday.

He discussed the policy’s four principles: efforts to advance open communication with industry; development of a customized IP strategy; negotiation of custom data and licenses; and negotiation for competitive prices at an early stage.

“This new policy is the first step in a cultural change within the Army,” Jette said.

He noted that the service branch plans to release early this year a detailed guidance for the policy’s implementation.

Army Secretary Mark Esper, a 2019 Wash100 winner, approved the IP management policy in December.
 

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