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Funding Technology Development in the Government Contracts Industry

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Produced on July 11, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

While the federal government continues to struggle with how best to innovate and procure innovative solutions to meet its needs ( whether  national defense, intelligence or civilian agency needs), the quest for identifying and procuring innovative technologies to address the government’s needs in a cost-effective manner has never been stronger.  Providing innovative technologies to the world’s biggest customer -- the federal government -- has obvious benefits to government contractors. However, few understand the full array of funding sources available to develop such innovative technology and even fewer appreciate the importance of understanding and complying with the applicable regulatory and contractual requirements.    

In this course, attorneys Gene Schleppenbach and Nathan Hartland discuss various sources of funding that are available (particularly from federal sources), the eligibility requirements under those programs and some of the regulatory, contractual and intellectual property issues relating to those funding programs. This course draws on the presenters’ experience in assisting early-stage companies, including in the government contracts space, to identify appropriate funding sources and understand how to use funding at various stages of technology development and commercialization, while being mindful of the regulatory and contract requirements that may impair or result in the loss of important intellectual property rights, as well as being mindful of contractor liability for failing to follow those requirements.  

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify the various sources of funding available for technology development, particularly at the federal level, but including possible funding sources from private and state entities
  2. Recognize the stages of technology development at which various sources of funding are likely to be available
  3. Understand the regulatory, contractual, and intellectual property (IP) implications of utilizing such sources of funding with respect to federal funding sources
  4. Protect IP in interactions with the federal government and prime contractors
  5. Appreciate the potential consequences of failing to comply with the federal regulatory and contractual requirement, both from an IP ownership perspective and liability perspective 

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Nathanael Hartland

Nelson Mullins

Nathanael (“Nathan”) Hartland, a Partner at Nelson Mullins, counsels public and private entities on matters involving government contracts, intellectual property and licensing, U.S. trade laws, regulatory compliance, and other matters relating to domestic and international commerce. Nathan has assisted government contractors and grantees, and their subcontractors and lenders, in a wide variety of transactions and disputes involving: (a) licensing and developing technology for military, intelligence, and civilian agencies; (b) responding to agency and prime contractor solicitations; (b) negotiating NDAs, teaming agreements, and subcontracts; (c) litigating bid protests and contract disputes; (d) conducting mergers and acquisitions due diligence, and (e) complying with government ethics rules, and other requirements. 

Nathan received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2004, where he served as an Associate and Senior Editor of the Journal of International Economic Law. Nathan received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1999, Phi Beta Kappa.

Gene Schleppenbach

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Gene Schleppenbach, a principal at Miles & Stockbridge, is a member of the Firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice and Co-Chair of the Government Contracts Practice. Gene represents clients ranging from early-stage to Fortune 500 companies in diverse industries concerning a variety of corporate, high-tech and intellectual property matters. His corporate experience includes representing clients on formation and structure issues, corporate governance, shareholder agreements, mergers and acquisitions (domestic and international), restructurings, securities regulation issues, partnership and LLC matters, joint ventures, commercial contracts, debt and equity financings, including private equity, venture capital and angel financings, grant funding (including SBIR/STTR) issues; employee stock option plans and executive compensation agreements.

Gene advises companies of all sizes in the defense, intelligence, IT and professional services sectors on a variety of government contract/procurement issues and on numerous mergers and acquisitions, including conducting due diligence, negotiating and drafting transaction documents, arranging for novation of contracts and obtaining regulatory approvals. His experience includes advising multi-national domestic and foreign companies through the various statutes and regulations that impact foreign investment in the United States, including Exon-Florio and industrial security regulations. He also counsels clients on prime and subcontracts, teaming agreements and joint ventures.

Gene also represents clients on a wide range of high-tech and intellectual property matters, including: software development, licensing, support/maintenance and distribution (VAR and re-seller) agreements; systems integration agreements; outsourcing agreements; source code escrow agreements; protection of intellectual property, including copyright, trademark, service mark, trade secret, government rights-in-data-clause issues; legal and product development strategy; and cloud computing issues.

Gene received his law degree from George Washington University in 1981 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska in 1978.


Rose L.

Good overview of obscure topics

Kathryn C.

Presenters were thorough and clearly experienced in the topic area, I have a client I may refer to them based on the quality of their presentation.

Adrienne P.

Very good.

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