Pentagon Issues Intellectual Property Strategy; Ellen Lord Quoted

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Ellen Lord

The Department of Defense on Wednesday released a new intellectual property strategy that would create a cadre to provide assistance to DoD agencies with regard to IP licensing and management, Federal News Network reported Friday.

“They will develop DoD guidance, training and assistance to the whole-of-government effort to address the protection of data rights, while we concurrently continue our defense against cybersecurity threats that target U.S. intellectual property,” Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said of the new IP cadre.

“The cadre will be small and our intent is to have members advise, assist and provide resources to DoD components on IP matters various stages of the lifecycle system,” she added.

The new IP strategy requires the incorporation of IP planning into strategies for acquisition and advances the development of customized IP strategies for each weapons platform based on unique characteristics. DoD plans to release a new strategy that aims to facilitate software acquisition and issue an updated draft of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification in November.

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