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The Rockwell Collins IP best practices journey

By Carolyn Tomberlin

The aerospace and defence industry presents some unique challenges for rights holders. Rockwell Collins has been adapting to this ever-changing sector by taking a dynamic approach to IP management, transactions and cross-sector cooperation

Looking at the history of technology development in the aerospace and defence (A&D) industry, one soon realises that it is characterised by far-reaching collaboration. Collaboration has flowed readily between original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers, between suppliers and other suppliers, and between competitors and partner companies. Often company A will have multiple relationships with company B simultaneously: the two might be partners on one project, competitors on another and suppliers to each other on a third. Additionally, the US government relies heavily on the A&D industry to collaborate with the various military branches and research institutions in order to fulfil its interests and needs in various Department of Defence contracts. Even on the international front, there is a push for technical collaboration between different governments sitting in the same technical coalitions – some military, some not.

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