The U.S. Department of Defense has unveiled plans to employ a new cadre of experts to help the department protect its technology and Intellectual property and to address concerns related to China and data rights.
The undersecretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment, Ellen Lord disclosed that the team will be operational by October this year.
Lord reportedly said that the defence secretaries had spoken to President Donald Trump about the impact Chinese IP theft is having on national security, U.S. commerce and the defence industry.
“We need to go on the offence to protect our technology versus merely acting defensively. My experience says that typically we have problems with intellectual property when we don’t clearly define what is owned by industry, and what will be owned by the government at the outset of a programme, so a lot of this really has to do with good program planning”, Lord reportedly said.
“We’ve leveraged a lot of work that the army has done, and we’ve come together as a department to establish policies that we can all work with,” she reportedly added.
Lord reportedly said that the main focus of the group will be on the government’s partnership with industry in relation to IP.
Full details of the new IP group is yet to be revealed.