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Defense Industry Intellectual Property: The Battle Continues | NDIA

Defense Industry Intellectual Property: The Battle Continues | NDIA

The Defense Department is challenging manufacturers of military equipment to loosen their grip on intellectual property so the military can take over routine maintenance and repair work currently done by contractors.The issue has ignited a tense controversy as manufacturers fear that the Pentagon’s efforts could upend the lucrative aftermarket services business.

The military services in recent years have been keen on securing “data rights” for equipment they buy from suppliers. The rights to the designs of thousands of pieces of hardware and software used by the armed forces are owned by manufacturers…

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