The Bayh-Dole Act's Catalytic Contributions to America's Innovation System

June 20, 2020

The Bayh-Dole Act's Catalytic Contributions to America's Innovation System

The 1980 Bayh-Dole Act, hailed at the time by The Economist as perhaps the most-inspired legislation to be introduced in the United States over the previous quarter century, has played a transformational role in promoting the commercialization of federally funded research and turning U.S. universities into engines of innovation. It has had a particularly profound impact on America’s life-sciences innovation ecosystem.

Stephen Ezell’s presentation will explore the history and impact of the Bayh-Dole legislation, as well as its future, which is under threat from some who would call for the use of Bayh-Dole march-in rights to force the compulsory disclosure of IP rights stemming in part from federally funded innovations if the price of commercialized products were deemed too high. For more information on this topic, visit the site of the Bayh-Dole 40 Coalition at

Please register by 9 am on June 17.

The Speaker:

Stephen Ezell is Vice President, Global Innovation Policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington-DC based technology and economic policy think tank, where he focuses on science, technology, and innovation policy as well as international competitiveness, trade, and manufacturing policy issues. He is the co-author with Dr. Robert Atkinson of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, September 2012) and a co-author of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave McMillan, November 2015). Mr. Ezell has testified on topics including U.S. competitiveness, innovation, manufacturing, and trade policy before the U.S. Congress and the U.S. International Trade Commission. His articles have appeared in Forbes, The Hill, Roll Call, The Futurist, and The International Economy, among others. Mr. Ezell came to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he co-founded in 2003. He previously worked in the new product development group at NASDAQ. Mr. Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an Honors Certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy (IBD) program.