President Biden’s March-in Framework: A Conversation with Joe Allen, Kate Hudson (AAU), and Dave Kappos (C4IP)

Thursday, December 14, 2023, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

Virtual fireside chat

On December 7, 2023, the Biden administration unveiled a new “framework” for exercising march-in rights under the Bayh-Dole Act. If enacted, the proposal will decimate confidence in the reliability of universities and federal laboratories as R&D partners, severely handicapping American innovation.

The Bayh-Dole Coalition hosted a “Fireside Chat” on December 14, 2023, featuring AAU’s Kate Hudson and C4IP’s David Kappos, to discuss the short and long-term impacts of this framework.

Read the full transcript of the fireside chat here and watch a full recording of the event below.


Joseph P. Allen

Joe is Executive Director of the Bayh-Dole Coalition. As a professional staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee to Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN), he played a key role in successfully passing the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 and its subsequent amendments. He later served as the director of the Office of Technology Commercialization at the Department of Commerce, which oversaw the implementation of Bayh-Dole and chaired the Interagency Committee on Technology Transfer.

Kate Hudson

Kate is Associate Vice President and Counsel for Government Relations and Public Policy at the Association of American Universities (AAU). She also leads AAU’s General Counsels (GC) constituent group and Intellectual Property & Tech Transfer Task Force. Prior to joining AAU, Kate served in attorney-advisor roles with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), was the inaugural director of the Executive branch CXO Fellows Program at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and was a key member of the Office of Government-wide Policy at the U.S. Office of Management & Budget (OMB).

David Kappos

David is Co-Chair of the Council for Innovation Promotion, a bipartisan coalition dedicated to promoting strong and effective intellectual property rights. He is also a partner at Cravath, Swaine, & Moore and is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost leaders in the field of intellectual property. From 2009 to 2013, David served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he advised the Obama administration on IP policy matters. He was instrumental in achieving the passage and implementation of the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Prior to leading the USPTO, David served as IBM’s chief intellectual property lawyer from 2003 to 2009.