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Licensing Executives Society Launches Worldwide Series of Events to Raise IP Awareness and to Connect IP-Interested Professionals Worldwide

Month-long observance builds on WIPO's World IP Day to expand opportunities for participation

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 –Today, the Licensing Executives Society will launch a month-long series of 'Around the World with LES' (ATW) events across the globe aimed at uniting IP-interested business professionals and building awareness about the critical role intellectual property (IP) plays in improving lives and stimulating economic growth worldwide.

"LES has expanded its annual Around the World celebration to encompass not only the World Intellectual Property Organization's World IP Day observance on April 26, but also a month of ATW events hosted by our local chapters and national societies across the globe," said Russell Levine, President of the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada).

LES's vast network of North American chapters and national societies in cities around the world will join the United States Patent and Trademark Office and other national and regional organizations in observing World IP Day and hosting celebrations.

Dozens of ATW events are planned with activities ranging from networking receptions, educational programs and speaker/panel events, to career chats and hot topic discussions. The events, which are open to both members and non members, typically attract industry thought leaders, government officials, policy makers, as well as a wide spectrum of business development, IP and licensing professionals, IP lawyers and graduate students. 

"In celebrating World IP Day and hosting ATW events, we are working to join hands to build a stronger LES family to enhance the innovation economy worldwide," said Yvonne Chua, President of LES International.

For more information and/or to register for an Around the World with LES event in the USA and Canada, visit http://www.lesusacanada.org/atw. For events internationally, visit www.lesi.org/events/around-the-world-with-les.

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About the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. and LES International (LESI)
Established in 1965, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is a professional society comprised of over 4,500 members engaged in the transfer, use, development and marketing of intellectual property. The LES membership includes a wide range of professionals, including business executives, lawyers, licensing consultants, engineers, academicians, scientists and government officials.

Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), with a worldwide membership of over 10,000 members in 32 national and regional societies, representing over 90 countries. For more information, visit www.lesusacanada.org or www.lesi.org.