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Equipment: Procurement

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the acquisition of rights over design information and assured access to relevant design knowledge in respect of procurement of (a) armoured fighting vehicles, (b) fixed wing piloted aircraft, (c) helicopters, (d) unmanned aerial vehicles, (e) ships, (f) submarines, (g) electronic equipment and programmes and (h) other purchases. (282807)

[holding answer 29 June 2009]: The MOD’s general approach to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is to leave ownership of rights in design information with industry and to secure access and user rights in that information. There is a series of MOD standardised contract conditions (IPR DEFCONs) that are available to secure these rights under contract. However, our approach on an individual project may vary, according to its specific requirements. Details of MOD’s IPR policy are publicly available as part of the Acquisition Operating Framework at:

www.aof.mod.uk/aofcontent/tactical/toolkit/downloads/ipr_ov/iprpol.pdf

Earlier this month I announced the launch of MOD’s new Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) sector strategy, 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 52WS. For this sector, we will in future in principle wish to acquire at the outset rights over design information, as well as assured access to relevant design knowledge, sufficient to allow third party modification of designs where appropriate, and to permit routine maintenance repair and overhaul activities.

The MOD continues to develop a number of industrial sector strategies, under the umbrella of the Defence Industrial Strategy 2005. We expect to make announcements about these, including any relevant IPR issues, as they mature.