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Leslie Bonacum
Neil Allen

CCH Book Shows High-tech Firms How To Protect Rights When Selling To The Government

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., June 26, 2000) – A big sale to the U.S. government can be a milestone for a high-tech company, but it can also turn into a tombstone if the contract leads to the loss of essential intellectual property, according to CCH INCORPORATED (CCH), a leading provider of government contracting law information and software. To help firms protect valuable rights when they sign government contracts, CCH has published Licensing Software and Technology to the U.S. Government, by Matthew S. Simchack and David A. Vogel, the first and only comprehensive analysis of the rules and procedures under which the federal government buys interests in software and technology. (450 pages, $70. To order, call 1-800-248-3248 or visit the CCH Online Store at

"No one else buys technology and software the way the federal government does, and if a company is not familiar with the unique rules involved, it may end up making an inadvertent gift of its technology to the government, the general public and its competitors," author Simchak observed.

To allow both sides to the contract to attain their legitimate ends, Licensing Software and Technology to the U.S. Government provides a detailed analysis of the "data rights" regulations and their required contract clauses that govern the formation of contracts for software and technology purchases by governmental agencies. Special attention is paid to the acquisition of "commercial items" – products normally sold to the general public but which are now being sought by the government, which has placed an emphasis on "going commercial."

About the Authors

Matthew S. Simchak is partner and co-chair of the government contracts practice at Wiley, Rein and Fielding. He has been the editor in chief of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Journal for 13 successive terms, a lecturer at the annual Government Contractor Conference in Washington, D.C. and has drafted portions of the Model Procurement Code.

David Vogel is an attorney in the federal practices division of government contracts and intellectual property groups of Arent Fox. He is co-author with Mr. Simchak of the textbook Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software: The Department of Defense Rules and many articles on intellectual property in the context of government contracting.

Availability and Pricing

For more information or to purchase the 450-page Licensing Software and Technology to the U.S. Government, call 1-800-248-3248 or visit the CCH online store at Single copy price is $70 plus applicable tax, shipping and handling. Quantity discounts are available.


CCH has served more than four generations of business professionals and their clients, covering a wide range of legal and compliance topics including securities, insurance, banking, telecommunications, trade regulation and government contracting. CCH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer. The CCH web site can be accessed at The Business and Finance Group web site can be accessed at

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