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Paul F. McQuade is a patent attorney with substantial government contracts experience. His practice spans both typical commercial intellectual property, with emphasis on licensing and IP-related transactions, and “government contracts IP” (rights in technical data and software) in the context of U.S. Government research and development and prime and subcontractor agreements. He offers strategic counseling on how best to maintain one’s IP position when doing business with the Government.

His work has included all manner of joint development and collaborative agreements between private parties and with government agencies: R&D procurements, OTA and OTP (prototype) Agreements, CRADAs, Work for Others, Sponsored Research, Cooperative Agreements, software licensing, Evaluation Agreements, and the like. He has defended clients against allegations of trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement both commercially and on government programs, and has brought and intervened in matters related to the Government’s alleged unauthorized use of patented inventions under 28 USC 1498.

On May 12, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order entitled Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity (EO). The EO was released only days after the cyberattack impacting Colonial Pipeline, and several months following discovery of the penetration of various federal agencies as a result of the Solar Winds cyber breach by Russian hackers in 2019. The