Master Alliance Provisions Guide (MAPGuide)

U.S. Department of Defense – Inovio, COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Device, Other Transaction Prototype Agreement

  • Intellectual Property | Protection of IP

ARTICLE 11. Intellectual Property Rights


D. Patent Prosecution. Awardee agrees to take responsibility for the preparation, filing, prosecution, and maintenance of any and all patents and patent applications listed as Awardee Background IP that are relevant to the work performed under this Agreement. Awardee shall keep the Government reasonably advised on the status of Awardee Background IP by providing an annual report on the status of Awardee Background IP. Prior to acting on a decision by Awardee to abandon or not file in any country a patent or patent application covering an OTA Invention, which is defined below, Awardee shall so inform the Government in a timely manner to allow Awardee to thoughtfully consider the Government’s comments regarding such a proposed decision. Nothing in this ARTICLE shall restrict the Government in its preparation, filing, prosecution and maintenance of a patent or patent application covering an OTA Invention.

E. Patent Enforcement. Awardee will have the first option to enforce any patent rights covering an OTA Invention owned jointly by the Parties or solely by Awardee, at Awardee’s expense. If Awardee chooses not to exercise this option, the Government may enforce patent rights covering a joint OTA Invention only with Awardee’s prior written approval.


G. Patent Applications. The Parties will respectively have the option to file a patent application claiming any OTA Invention made solely by their respective employees. The Parties will consult with each other regarding the options for filing a patent application claiming a joint OTA Invention. Within thirty (30) calendar days of being notified of the discovery of an OTA invention or filing a patent application covering an OTA Invention, each Party will provide notice of such discovery or filing to the other Party. The Parties will reasonably cooperate with each other in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of any patent application claiming an OTA Invention. Any Party filing a patent application will bear expenses associated with filing and prosecuting the application, as well as maintaining any patents that issue from the application, unless otherwise agreed by the Parties.

ARTICLE 16. Miscellaneous Clauses


B. Patent Infringement. Each Party will advise the other Party promptly and in reasonable written detail, of each claim or lawsuit of patent infringement based on the performance of this Agreement. When requested by either Party, all evidence and information in possession of the Party pertaining to such claim or lawsuit will be provided to the other at no cost to the requesting Party.