Upcoming Events

  • LES USA-Canada "20th Annual Silicon Valley Conference - AI Unleashed: Unicorn or Trojan Horse?"

    Redwood Shores | Dates: 20 – 20 May, 2024

    Welcome to " AI Unleashed: Unicorn or Trojan Horse?" a groundbreaking conference where the forefront of artificial intelligence intersects with the evolving world of intellectual property and licensing. As AI continues to advance at an unprecedented pace, its impact on IP creation, protection, management, and commercialization is profound and far-reaching. This conference is designed to explore the depths of this dynamic relationship, offering insights, strategies, and discussions on how AI is not just influencing but actively reshaping the landscape of IP and licensing.

    Who Should Attend?
    This conference is a must-attend event for IP and tech professionals, licensing and corporate development executives, inventors, university tech transfer officers, legal experts, startups and investors who are looking to navigate the complexities of AI in the IP realm. Whether you're seeking to understand the latest AI-driven business models and IP strategies, explore new AI-based tools expanding the opportunities for licensing, or anticipate the future challenges of IP law and policy, this conference will provide valuable insights and networking opportunities.

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  • LES USA-Canada "Avoiding Litigation Through Lessons Learned In Licensing"

    Ames | Dates: 20 – 20 May, 2024

    Morning Session: Learning from License Agreement Disputes:  Insights and Lessons Learned to Improve Your Contracts and Mitigate Risk

    Agreement language matters. Time and again parties end up in litigation when the language of their agreements proves ambiguous. In many cases the ambiguity might have been avoided during drafting, as sometimes small changes to language, or a careful extra eye in review, may have been all that was needed to avoid a dispute.

    What should the drafter look out for?  Does the complexity of the relationship matter, for example if the parties contemplate a long-term relationship that may involve multiple contracts? In comparison to a single-agreement relationship, broader multiple-contract relationships present some unique challenges when trying to craft language that will age gracefully, provide flexibility to the relationship, and control any later potential dispute. Using recent cases as a guide, including cases that we litigated and successfully presented to a jury, we identify specific contract drafting lessons related to the use of defined terms, the interplay of multiple contracts in commercial relationships, improving dispute resolution provisions, and defining the scope of a license. With these lessons from litigation in mind, we present strategies to help identify and address issues of ambiguity before they result in a dispute.

    Afternoon Session: Lessons Learned in Licensing

    This panel will discuss common issues in licensing and best practices to address IP licensing issues.

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  • LES USA-Canada "Ethics Issues for IP and Other Attorneys-Best Practices for Avoiding Common Mistakes"

    Potomac | Dates: 23 – 23 May, 2024

    Attorneys are facing scrutiny by government regulators over whether their law practices comply with the rules of professional conduct. Lawyer and their employers who run afoul of their jurisdiction’s ethics rules may find themselves facing daunting collateral consequents, including responding to ethics grievances, malpractice complaints, and disqualification orders.

    This one-hour session will address common ethical issues faced by attorneys and best practices for creating a practice environment that promotes compliance with ethical obligations, including conflicts of interest, ineffective communications, and complying with the duty of candor before a tribunal.

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  • LES France "Annual Conference of the Public/Private Committee"

    Virtual / Paris | Dates: 24 – 24 May, 2024

    LES France is pleased to invite you to the annual seminar organised by their Public-Private Committee, to be held in person and by video-conference, on the topic:


    To tackle this fascinating topic, LES France will be bringing together a panel of speakers representing the continuum of innovation players: academics, venture-builders, start-ups and incubators, who will be explaining their perspectives on the importance, organisation and impact of the relationship between public and private players in the innovation development process, from the lab to the marketplace.

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  • LESI YMC Pan-European Webinar Series "Trade Secrets: A European Perspective"

    Virtual | Dates: 28 – 28 May, 2024


    • Introduction by LESI YMC Chair
    • EU Overview
    • National Specifics (trade secret protection and enforcement)
    • Implementation
    • Q&A


    • Marko Brumnik (Austria)
    • Jan Vanbeckevoort (Benelux)
    • Nicolas Le Pays du Teilleul (France)
    • Tobias Baus (Germany)
    • Emanuela Bianco (Italy)
    • Cristina Espín Martí & Joana Maria Andion (Spain & Portugal)

    Register here!

  • LES Britain-Ireland "B Corp: Using Certification to Integrate Sustainability and ESG into a Business"

    Edinburgh | Dates: 28 – 28 May, 2024

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    A discussion with Scottish B Corp Beauty Kitchen and B Leader Mehalah Beckett.

    Jo-Anne Chidley and Mehalah Beckett will discuss the following:

    • Third party certification
    • B Corp
    • Standards and process
    • Sector specific considerations
    • Collective action and IP
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  • LES USA-Canada Practical "Practical IP Strategies for Protecting AI Innovations"

    Toronto | Dates: 28 – 28 May, 2024

    Join Marc Lampert from Bhole IP Law and Yolande Dufresne from Torys LLP for a discussion on patent, copyright and trade secret protection for technologies leveraging artificial intelligence. They will discuss the inherent challenges and open legal questions relating to IP in AI in Canada, including human inventorship and authorship, automation of inventive steps, and acceleration of changes in the state of the art.

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  • LES Italy, LES Germany & LES France "UPC One Year Later: A First Overview"

    Milan / Virtual | Dates: 30 – 30 May, 2024

    This is momentous occasion to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the UPC and the opening of the new Section of the Central Division in Milan.

    Join LES Italy, LES Germany and LES France on the eve of this landmark event as they delve into the latest developments, challenges, and innovations shaping the future of patent law in Europe.

    View the program and speaker details here

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  • LES Britain-Ireland 2024 Annual Conference & LES100 Training Course

    London | Dates: 05 – 06 Jun, 2024

    LES B&I 2024 Annual Conference

    LES Britain & Ireland's 2024 Annual Conference "THE JOURNEY TO COMMERCIALISATION" and LES100 will take place in LONDON in JUNE!

    Whatever the size of your organisation, bringing new products to the market or entering new markets can be challenging. Obstacles range from protecting your own intellectual property and navigating around that of others, to finding the right collaboration partner and getting finances in place. 

    At the 2024 Annual Conference, LES B&I will bring those with an interest in licensing and intellectual property together to share experiences and thoughts on how to face the challenges and make the journey to commercialisation run smoothly.

    The full-day LES100 Training Course, “Commercialising IP through the Power of Licensing” will be held the day after on Thursday, 6 June. This is the introductory course in the Licensing Executives Society’s Intellectual Asset Management Series and it is designed for those who are relatively new to licensing.

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  • LES China "Exploring Trends in Standard-Essential Patents (SEPs) Licensing and Their Implications: Perspectives from Recent SEP Decisions in Chinese Courts and New SEP Regulations in the EU"

    Virtual | Dates: 12 – 12 Jun, 2024

    Hosted by LES China in collaboration with LESI Patent and Technology Licensing Committee and LESI Dispute Resolution Committee.

    This webinar will delve into recent SEP cases in Chinese courts, including notable instances such as the Chongqing trial court decision in Oppo v. Nokia and the Supreme People’s Court decision in Oppo v. ACT, which have established SEPs rates. Additionally, the webinar will outline the proposal on SEPs passed by the European Parliament, which governs SEP licensing. The panel will engage in discussions to explore the significance of these cases and proposals, analyzing their impact on enterprise practices.

    Moderator:  Dr. Qinghong Xu, partner at Lung Tin IP Attorneys

    Mr. Cheng Yu, Licensing Director of Corporate Business Development and IP Strategy, Xiaomi
    Dr. Spyros Makris, IPR policy manager at Ericsson
    Mr. Junkun (Lawrence) Zheng, attorney at Perkins Coie
    Dr. Andreas Kramer, partner at Vossius

    Register here

  • LES USA-Canada "Deal Making and Structuring Early-Stage Technology and Life Science Deals"

    Hoboken | Dates: 12 – 12 Jun, 2024

    Panel discussion hosted by the LES USA-Canada New York/New Jersey Chapter on the challenges and opportunities associated with technology transfer and licensing from universities to corporates and between emerging companies and more established companies.

    Topics covered by panelists following a networking reception will include:

    • What’s critical to get right in early-stage Licensing / technology transfer deals or acquisitions.
    • What should University, corporate and early stage licensing professional know when doing the deal and various structures to ensure success and bridge valuation gaps.
    • Challenges for the licensee or acquirer post the transaction as they pursue commercialization.
    • What Late-Stage Companies that inherit these early-stage deals should be aware of
    • How High tech/device early stage deals differ from Life science deals.
    • Panelists will draw from real-life experience and provide examples based on executed deals such as
      • University licensing of a health tech product
      • In and out licensing of pharmaceutical drugs
      • In and out licensing of drug delivery technology
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  • LES France "Life Sciences IP Event 2024"

    Virtual / Paris | Dates: 13 – 13 Jun, 2024

    Join LES France at the LIFE SCIENCES IP EVENT 2024, where experts convene to discuss cutting-edge topics shaping the industry's intellectual property landscape. From plant patenting in Europe to the impact of AI on IP strategies, delve into the latest developments and insights driving innovation and protection. 

    Mark your calendars and be part of the conversation shaping the future of life sciences IP.

    This event will be held in English and French.

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  • LES 2024 USA-Canada Annual Meeting

    New Orleans | Dates: 20 – 23 Oct, 2024
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    The LESAM24 program offers something for everyone, including sessions on utilizing the International Trade Commission to enforce your IP rights – exclusion orders etc., branding, IP ownership in Life Sciences, Life Sciences spinouts, the use of data in complex SEP licensing, the U.S. manufacturing requirement of the Bayh-Dole act, using Big Data to improve R&D, negotiations, top licensing mistakes, content specifically focused on Emerging Leaders, career advice for those starting in their licensing career, to more advanced topics at the frontier of AI, partnerships across industries, trends in brand valuation, litigation finance, recent legal and legislative updates from the U.S. and Europe, and MORE!

    In addition, the meeting dates coincide with the world renowned annual New Orleans Halloween Parade taking place on Saturday night October 19! The parade is a fun-filled event of floats and cheer that will go right by the venue hotel.

    Keep updated here www.les2024.org
  • LES Benelux "Licensing Course 2024"

    Rotterdam | Dates: 18 – 19 Nov, 2024

    LES Benelux will held its annual Licensing Course on 18 and 19 November at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam (NL).

    Participants will follow the path of drafting an agreement from start till finish. The course includes presentations relating to key aspects of Licensing Practice such as IP Basics, Due Diligence, Valuation and Competition Law as well as participative workshops on negotiation, IP strategy, and agreement drafting.

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  • LESI 2024 Asia Pacific Regional Conference

    Dates: 22 – 24 Nov, 2024

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    Details to follow soon.
  • 2025 LES International Annual Conference

    Singapore | Dates: 27 – 29 Apr, 2025

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  • 2026 LES International Annual Conference

    Dublin | Dates: 26 – 28 Apr, 2026

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