Gino was an employee of Ammo Inc, a major supplier of ammunition to the U.S. Army. Performing research for Ammo, Gino developed a laser gunsight for the Army’s M-27 automatic rifle. Although Ammo had three Government contracts, the cost of Gino’s research was not allocated directly to any of them. Which of the following represents a correct statement of the parties’ rights in the technical data concerning the gunsight’s development?
A. The Government receives no rights in the data unless Ammo decides to give it the data, but, if the Government does receive any rights in the data, it receives unlimited rights.
B. The Government receives unlimited rights in the data, but neither Ammo nor Gino receive anything more than a limited license, not to exceed five years, to manufacture the gunsight and sell it commercially.
C. The Government receives no rights in the data unless Ammo decides to give it the data, and, if so, the Government receives the data with any limitation on its rights as determined by Ammo.