Joseph Allen

Joseph Allen

Joseph Allen Joe Allen is a Featured Contributor on IPWatchdog.com, and a 30-year veteran of national efforts to foster public/private sector commercialization partnerships, and author of numerous articles on technology management for national publications.

Joe served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee with former Senator Birch Bayh (D-IN), and was instrumental in working behind the scenes to ensure passage of the historic Bayh-Dole Act. He is our resident Bayh-Dole expert, and will write frequently about Bayh-Dole and issues surrounding the commercialization of university research.

In 2008, Joe founded Allen & Associates, through which he offers consulting services assisting clients in technology transfer issues, including developing effective communication strategies with national policy makers.


Posts by Joseph Allen


Want to Revive the Economy? Restore the Patent System!

The old arguments that patents inhibit innovation, and non-exclusivity with compulsory licensing leads to a brave new world are now in vogue. We've stood at this fork …
By Joseph Allen
6 days ago 17

The Plight of the Public Sector Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur isn't easy. While it is a tough road for anyone, it's particularly tough if you're in the public sector and threatened by politicians... Rather, …
By Joseph Allen
29 days ago 1

Will the Trump Administration Be Pro Patent?

One of the many questions about the Trump Administration after its first month is how it views the U.S. patent system. I asked several experienced veterans …
By Joseph Allen
2 months ago 57

The National Cancer Institute Didn’t Deserve This Treatment From the New York Times

While those in the military are often thanked for their service, let's also thank researchers like Dr. Rosenberg and his colleagues who spend their lives trying to …
By Joseph Allen
4 months ago 2

Advice for the Trump Administration and New Congress: Protect Bayh-Dole and Restore the Patent System

Bayh-Dole is running on autopilot without Executive branch oversight and U.S. patents are no longer the world's gold standard. Without a course correction, we could be …
By Joseph Allen
5 months ago 3

Make American Innovation Great Again

It's a fundamental principal of economics that the secure ownership of personal property is essential for prosperity. Walk through any public park and see how seldomly people …
By Joseph Allen
5 months ago 6

Winning the Drug Development Debate

We create two new companies around academic inventions every day of the year. The critical role such companies play in drug development is clear. The successful integration …
By Joseph Allen
6 months ago 0

State Department, Universities Blast UN Attack on Patents

If the UN Secretary General and the members of his "High Level Panel on Access to Medicines" thought the State Department was bluffing when it warned against …
By Joseph Allen
7 months ago 3

UN Secretary General’s Panel on Access to Medicines Reports: Government Knows Best

Delayed for months beyond its expected issue date the Secretary General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicine's report emerged yesterday. Apparently the panelists scrambled to better …
By Joseph Allen
7 months ago 4

Are Patents the Reason Poor Countries Lack Healthcare?

A consistent charge against the patent system is that it denies the poor access to critical medicines. This belief led the UN Secretary General to launch his …
By Joseph Allen
8 months ago 3

NIH Director Collins Stands Up to the March in Mob

The problem with this theory is that the Bayh-Dole Act does not provide agencies the authority to regulate product prices. The law allows universities and contractors to …
By Joseph Allen
10 months ago 0

UN Access to Medicine Recommendations Will Increase Human Suffering

The pending report of the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicines not only attacks the patent system as predicted, but proposes giving the …
By Joseph Allen
11 months ago 7

The UN’s Misguided Focus on Patents as the Cause of Drug Shortages

Improving access to needed medicines for those suffering the ravages of disease in developing countries is a serious issue. There are many factors contributing to the problem …
By Joseph Allen
12 months ago 15

When Government Tried March In Rights To Control Health Care Costs

As we await the decision from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the petition backed by Senator Bernie Sanders and others urging that the march in …
By Joseph Allen
12 months ago 10

NIH Pressured to Misuse Bayh-Dole to Control Drug Prices

Secretary Burwell and Director Collins are facing formidable pressure to reinterpret the Bayh-Dole Act for the compulsory licensing of costly drugs arising from federally supported research. And …
By Joseph Allen
1 year ago 6