2012 Around the World (ATW) with LES Activities by LESI societies

LES Argentina

Contact person: Veronica Canese vmc@marval.com.ar

This year LES Argentina joined the ATW celebrations by organizing, together with Universidad Austral, a half-day seminar that took place on April 19 to discuss "What IP do non-lawyers need?". Various speakers analyzed this topic from different perspectives in two panels entitled as follows:

  1. What IP knowledge and abilities are required by scientists and entrepreneurial spirits
  2. Design of Curricular profiles and abilities in educational programs for non-legal public in IP issues

Gustavo P. Giay, President of LES Argentina, gave the opening speech and moderated the first panel. LES Argentina sponsored the coffee break.

LES Australia New Zealand

Contact person: Beth Benson admin@lesanz.org.au

LES ANZ is running an essay competition.

Additionally, as this date coincides with LES ANZAC day celebrations in Australia, we will be holding other nominated events in Australia in early May (or as close to those dates) as we did last year.

LES Arab Countries

Contact person: Renad A. Noubani les@lesarab.org

LES – Arab Countries is going to organize the "Patents: from Idea to Commercialization" Conference in KSA on April, 2012 as part of LES Around the World Celebration.

"Patents: from Idea to Commercialization" Conference, in KSA sponsored by King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), and the confirmed speakers are:






Dr. Heinz Goddar


Boehmert & Boehmert


Mr. Raja Saliba




Dr. Mohammad Saleem

Managing Director

Science Forum for Intellectual and Industrial Property Services (SIPS)


Mr. Mohammad Al Hajeri

Patents' Specialist

The Center of Research and Technology at SABIC.


Dr. Mohamed Shariff

Director of Innovation and Commercialization

Centre in the University Putra Malaysia


Dr. Mohammed A. Alansari

Director of Technology Program

Research and development centre - ARAMCO


Dr. Sami M Bashir

Senior Technology Portfolio Manager

King Abdulla University for Science and Technology (KAUST)


Mr. Gary Keller

Founder and CEO



Dr. Andreas Winkler

Patent Attorney



Mr. Omer Hiziroglu

Executive Senior Advisor

Sabanci University in Istanbul


Ms. Linda Thayer

Patent Attorney and Partner

Finnegan, Henderson, Farrabow and Dunner


Mr. Jamil Al Khatib

Director of Operation
And Consultant

Applied Scientific Research Fund
EU project for the development of ICT strategy for Jordan


LES Austria

Contact person: Fehringer, Sabine Sabine.Fehringer@dlapiper.com

On April 26, we will have the event, "World IP Day - Erfindervergütung" - an overview on employee´s remuneration for inventions, including an overview on the legal basis. This will be held in Austria and Germany. There will be speakers from various industry sectors for a discussion round. Thereafter, a panel discussion on employee inventor's remuneration in the different branches of trade and industrial sectors will be held.

The event will be organized by LES Austria and hosted and sponsored by an Austrian research promotion organization. To register contact: https://umfrage.awsg.at/index.php?sid=66976&lang=de

The World IP Day "Erfindervergütung" is open to anyone interested in the business of IP, including licensing and business development professionals, entrepreneurially-minded undergraduate and graduate students, VCs, inventors and others.

Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH, Erdgeschoss, Ungargasse 37, 1030 Wien, Austria

LES Benelux

Contact person: Saskia van Dijk-Struyk secretariat@les-benelux.org

On 26 April, LES Benelux will hold a free evening seminar on the European Commission’s latest initiative to boost research, innovation and competitiveness in Europe - Horizon 2020, which will replace Framework Program 7 (FP7).

The European Union is a global leader in many areas of technology, but faces increasing competition from traditional powers and emerging economies alike. Horizon 2020 is the implementation instrument for Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of a drive to create growth and jobs in Europe.

Horizon 2020 brings together all EU research and innovation funding under a single programme and focuses more than ever on turning scientific breakthroughs into innovative goods and services that provide business opportunities and change people’s lives for the better.

This seminar is free of charge and preceded and followed by a networking cocktail offered by LES Benelux. The seminar is open to LES members and non-members.

Please send an e-mail to secretariat@les-benelux.org, mentioning your first and last name and your e-mail address. Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive an e-mail which will serve as your confirmation as an attendee for the event and which you need to bring with you to ensure admission. We hope to follow this topic next year by a one-day seminar devoted to a more in-depth study of the legislative and "operational” framework.

Restaurant COSPAIA, Capitaine Crespel 1, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium, tel. +32 2 513 0303, website www.cospaia.be. The location is accessible by car, with an underground parking next door, and public transport, with the metro stop Louise at 50 meters.


16.30 Registration and welcome drink offered by LES Benelux
17.20 Welcome and Introduction
Allen Norris, Vice President, Head of Group IP, UCB
17.30 The Commission’s Initiative - An overview of the Programme and Main Differences from FP7. Keith Sequeira, Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
17.55 The Parliament’s Perspective. Lambert van Nistelrooij, Member of the European Parliament, EPP Group. Substitute Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
18.20 Questions and Closing remarks - brief discussion
19.00 Networking cocktail offered by LES Benelux

LES Brazil

Contact person: Rodolfo Martinez rodolfomartinez@mklaw.com.br

LES Brazil will host a reception on April 26, 2012 together with the Brazilian IP Association and the Brazilian IP Agents Association.

LES Britain Ireland

Contact person: Jennifer Kirckcaldy les@northernnetworking.co.uk

On 26th April, LES Britain & Ireland will host a meeting entitled "Introduction to Biologics" and this will be followed by a reception to celebrate World IP Day.

LES Chile

Contact person: Felipe Claro felipe@claro.cl

On April 26, 2012, LES Chile president Felipe Claro, along with a few LES Chile members will attend the inauguration of the new Chile Patent and Trademark Office Headquarters.

Recently, LES Chile (LES Chile) and The Embassy of the United States of America in Chile organized a series of workshops for Chilean students aged 12 to 14 years, The workshops allowed students to design their own video games while discovering the importance of intellectual property protection.

The workshops gave attendees some insight into the amount of time and research invested in the development and design of video games, as well as the close relationship with intellectual property protection as a necessity of survival for companies in the sector. The youth had their first experience with tools of game design, such as Gamestar Mechanic or Kodu, guided step-by-step by speakers.

The social and economic impact that piracy has on the industry was discussed, together with the subsequent lack of stimulus to innovation and licensing generated under weak legal frameworks. Also discussed was the need to strengthen and promote measures to protect intellectual property rights and technology transfer.

The CEO of Amnesia Games also described the difficulties in producing video games in Chile, due to the absolute primacy of piracy and the presence of more secure and profitable international markets, which has resulted in greater licensing.

At the end of the event, attendance certificates were given to participating students, who were grateful for the experience.

Video link:

LES Czech Republic

Contact person: Milos Hraba hraba@inventia.cz

On the 26th April, we will have a one-day workshop "News in International Patent Protection" (USA, EPO, PCT, Russia/CIS) together with the Czech Industrial Property Office and Czech Union of Inventors and Rationalizers. This workshop will be held in Industrial Property Office in Prague, and the workshop will be dedicated to IPR development in the various parts of the world (Europe, USA, Russia/CIS). Together with Industrial Property Office speakers, Mr. Milos Hraba of LES Czech Republic will have a presentation, "EU-Russia Technology Transfer Specifics in the field of pharmaceutical industry".

LES France

Contact person: Andre-Pascal Chauvin andre-pascal.chauvin@avalue.fr

From 17:00 till 19:00, we will hold a conference around Innovation (1st part) with Inventors whose inventions have become successful on the market, and Business (2nd part) with international panelists such as RPX and IPXI representatives.

Gide, Loyrette, Nouel office in Paris.

Cocktail at 19:00 at same location offered by LES France.

LES Hungary

Contact person: Michael Lantos lantos@danubia.hu

Upon the initiative of the LES International LES Hungary CBA, in the joint organization of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, the Hungarian Trademark Association and the Hungarian Assofication for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright - a series of professional lectures will be held.

April 27, 9:00am to 12:40pm

Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
Ground floor lecture hall
Budapest, V. Garibaldi u. 2


09:00 - 09:05 Opening of the event and greeting of the participants
Dr. Michael Ficsor, Vice President of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
09:05 - 10:30 Competition law and intellectual property – clever competition or competitive spirit of wit?
From the Hungarian Trademark Association (MVE) covering aspects of trademark law
Dr Sophie Lendvai, attorney, board member of MVE and

From LES Hungary, covering aspects of patent rights and know how
Michael Lantos, patent attorney, President of LES Hungary

10:30 - 10:40 Questions and comments
10:40 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 National Symbols in the trademark law

On behalf of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office:
Dr. Michael Ficsor, Vice President of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office

11:45 - 12:30 Unusual and special solutions for the proposed "unified" European patent system
On behalf of the Hungarian Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright (MIE):
Dr. Ferenis Török Patent Attorney, Vice-Chairman of the Enforcement Committee of the European Patent Institute (EPI)
12:30 - 12:40 Questions and comments

Please RSVP by e-mail (bene@danubia.hu) or call 1-4118718 LES Hungary, up to 22 April.

LES Israel

Contact person: Hananel Kvatinsky hkvatinsky@yahoo.com

May 1

"Famous Trademarks Licensing"

LES Italy

Contact person: LES Italia info@les-italy.org Tel. +39-011-9902301

LES Italia 2012 Study Grant

To raise interest in and awareness of Intellectual Property, LES Italia announced its sponsorship of one Study Grant awarded to the author of the best unpublished audiovisual production, focusing on the protection and economic enhancement of Intellectual Property rights.

The Study Grant was announced on February 7 and the deadline for the submission of the audiovisual work is April 26, 2012.

The LES Italia 2012 Study Grant is open to everyone under the age of 40 who has authored a 6 minute digital audiovisual production unpublished as of the date of submission.

All entries will be evaluated by a jury comprised of three (3) Members of the Executive Committee of LES Italia: a lawyer, an expert in Intellectual Property, and an industry representative. The jury will assess the entries and announce the best work, which will receive the study grant in the amount of € 4.000,00.

The grant will be officially awarded in Rome during the LES Pan European Conference 2012 (Rome, June 10–12).

LES Japan

Contact person: Yutaka Hara yhara@asmi.jp

LES Japan is organizing a workshop on government, university and industry transactions in downtown Tokyo. There will be two speakers:

  1. Kayoko Yamamoto, a journalist, who has been actively covering university-industry relations for many years, and
  2. Katsuya Hasegawa, a University of Tokyo professor, who is studying incubations of university technologies and experienced in industry, venture capital and academia.

We expect intensive discussions with LES members and other participants, such as university staff.

A reception is to be held after the meeting.

LES Philippines

Contact person: Ma. Jasmin Blancaflor ma.jasmin.blancaflor@ocbocc.com

LES Philippines is hosting a forum on leveraging technology, “Leveraging Cutting-Edge Technology to Control Legal Costs and Drive Client Value”on the occasion of the 2012 Around the World with LESI/ World IP Day.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:05 National Anthem / Prayer
9:05 – 9:15 Opening Remarks
Atty. Ferdinand M. Negre
(President, LESP)
9:15 – 10:00 Cloud Computing
Speaker: Mr. Dindo Fernando
(Cloud Business Development Manager)
Microsoft Corporation
10:00 – 10:45 Growing the ICT Industry: Network Traffic Trends and Infrastructure Investments
Speaker: Mr. Seow Hiong Goh, Esq.
Executive Director, Global Policy & Government Affairs,
Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30 Integration of Tablet Technology in the Classroom
Speaker: Mr. Rodolfo Noel Lozada, Jr.
President, Galileo Software Services, Inc.
11:30-12:00 Leveraging Technology for Bench and Bar
Speaker: Atty. Joseph Dexter Feliciano
President, Pacelink Technology Corporation
12:00 – 12:20 Open Forum
12:20 -12:25 Raffle of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet based Legal Pad
12:25 – 12:35 Closing Remarks
Moderator: Atty. Bien Marquez III

LES Scandinavia

Contact person: Saskia van Dijk-Struyk mailto:secretariat@les-scandinavia.org

Werstas, Tampere
LES Scandinavia and Pegasor Oy organize a seminar on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 12:00-17:15 in Werstas, Tampere, Finland, to celebrate the 2012 World IP Day.

The seminar is free of charge, but the number of participants is limited to 70. We will take in the attendees in the registration order, so the best way to ensure participation is to register early to markku.rajala@pegasor.fi. If you have to cancel your registration afterwards, please inform us – our experience is that there are more people willing to join than there are seats.

Prekubator TTO and LES Scandinavia are hosting World Intellectual Property Day.

For further information and registration (registration is free of charge, registration deadline is 12th of April):
kildal@prekubator.no +47 51 87 40 32

LES Singapore

Contact person: Audrey Yap audrey@yusarn.com

LES Singapore will have a combined event with the National University of Singapore's industry liaison office, called Innofest. We will run an IPM and licensing workshop in April at this event, which will run in conjunction with AUTM's meeting in Singapore. We will also be supporting a WIPO workshop for an ASEAN delegation in the second or third week of April.

LES South Africa

Contact person: Theo Doubell theo@bouwers.co.za

We have an IP Awareness Day with the Regional Technology Transfer Office in KwaZulu Natal on April 25, and our Pan African National Conference at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone will take place in Zambia, May 23. The aim of the Pan African Conference is to create awareness of IP issues with businesses in Africa, as well as to expand the LES membership into Africa, north of South Africa.

LES Spain Portugal

Contact person: José Miguel Lissén jmlissen@gomezacebo-pombo.com

LES Spain & Portugal has organized a session of two conferences to be held in the headquarters of the Spanish Patent and Trademarks Office, in Madrid, on 26 April 2012.

  1. "Science as business: the need to obtain IPR" – speaker José María Benlloch, Professor of Research at the National Research Institute, Director of the Instituto de Investigación en Instrumentación Técnica, founding shareholder of the company GEM-Imaging, S.A.
  2. "IP data bases" – speaker – Esther Arias Pérez-Ilzarbe, Patent Examiner at the Spanish Patent and Trademarks Office.

LES Spain & Portugal
Spanish Patent and Trademarks Office, in Madrid,
26 April 2012.

LES USA & Canada

Contact person: Ken Schoppmann schoppk@les.org

This year, 20 LES chapters in North America will host ATW events in states that include Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montreal, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Seattle, Texas, Vancouver, Washington State, Washington DC and Wisconsin.

More information can be found here:

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