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


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 month ago 6

Winning the Patent Policy Wars

We're in the business of transforming early stage, publicly funded research into useful products. The odds against success are long as commercialization requires years of hard work, …
By Joseph Allen 2 months ago 2

Bayh-Dole Under March-in Assault: Can It Hold Out?

The new year was hardly underway before Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and 50 of his House colleagues sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell …
By Joseph Allen 3 months ago 0

Bayh-Dole at 35: Lauded in Kazakhstan, Dissed in Boston

Being abroad where Bayh-Dole is recognized as the gold standard in technology transfer made the article more jarring. Like whack a mole, the refuted claims of the …
By Joseph Allen 4 months ago 4

Lincoln loved our patent system, Let’s not tear it down

Abraham Lincoln once called the patent system one of the three greatest advances in human history, along with the discovery of America and the printing press... The …
By Joseph Allen 5 months ago 11

Will More Regulation Create Cheaper Drugs?

The idea of reducing drug prices through more government control is always simmering on the backburner and doesn’t require much to bring it to a full …
By Joseph Allen 6 months ago 12

Patents, Prosperity and Political Systems

Unfortunately, we are going through another period where many see the triumvirate of big government, big business and big labor guiding an economy stuck at a 2% growth …
By Joseph Allen 7 months ago 8

Looking Down on the Patent System from the Ivory Tower

The patent system is not a tool for entrenched interests to stifle competition, as so many professors seem to believe. Patents allow independent inventors and small companies …
By Joseph Allen 8 months ago 26

Does Stealing Intellectual Property Boost Innovation?

Confiscating other people’s property is hardly the way to stimulate prosperity or creativity. If it were, Venezuela would be one of the richest, most innovative countries …
By Joseph Allen 9 months ago 7

It’s Time to Whack ‘IPR Trolls’

Having to defend their patent in post grant reviews such as an IPR can easily cost patent owners between $700,000 to over $1 million when the subject matter of …
By Joseph Allen 10 months ago 25

If patent reform goes wrong

A truism in politics is that issues are driven by stories. One of the most successful is the saga of the patent troll. That’s driving the …
By Joseph Allen 12 months ago 3

The U.S. and China Launch High Risk Experiments in Innovation

While Chinese President Xi is cracking down on political dissidents and solidifying his power over the army, the country has begun a huge push for innovation. While …
By Joseph Allen 1 year ago 19

In Defense of Patents and Licensing: Why the Newest Attack is Bogus

Fortunately, a new study showing that academic patent licensing contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy over eighteen years blows the stuffing right out of …
By Joseph Allen 1 year ago 1

Bayh-Dole Forecast: Sunny with 20% chance of Shark Attack

How tragic if the United States of America turns its patent system into a tool that rich and powerful companies use to suppress innovation that challenges their …
By Joseph Allen 1 year ago 1

Why is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation under attack for funding the drug of the year?

Cystic fibrosis creates a thick, sticky mucus that builds up in the airways, causing infections, and making it difficult to breathe. Chronic pain is a common problem …
By Joseph Allen 1 year ago 8