Ken Rubin • over 10 years ago
Clarification Request re: IP declarations at point of Registration
In the Federal Register announcement, Sections 5 and 6 require submitters to attest to owning all of the Intellectual Property contained within the submission, and that all of the software as part of the submission can and will be conveyed as part of the submission. The announcement stipulates that this is part of the registration process. We request clarification indicating that the above stipulations must be made by the May 13 closing date, and that only submissions that have so stipulated will be reviewed/evaluated.
Explanation: Requiring these IP attestations at the point of initial registration provides advantage to existing product vendors and limits the ability for integration-based solutions to participate. The Scheduling challenge has a broad base of requirements potentially requiring use of multiple components from multiple sources. The contest period will allow for components to be assessed and selected based upon their value, determine where to leverage commercial-off-the-shelf, and to conduct negotiations to secure rights permissions to use components of interest. The ability to provide an initial attestation that could be revised prior to submission and evaluation would accommodate this engineering work.
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