Upcoming Events

  • Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) "Socially-Responsible Licensing in the Era of COVID-19"

    Virtual | Dates: 06 – 06 Dec, 2021

    The concept of “socially-responsible licensing”, which seeks either to ensure socially-beneficial use of technologies or to avoid socially-negative use of licensed IP, , has developed over the last 10-15 years.

    A large number of university-level institutions seek to include some licence terms that relate to these objectives, and may large multinationals in the pharmaceutical field, have adopted public pledges (e.g. AstraZeneca’s commitment that it will not profit from the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine during the pandemic) or developed other initiatives (e.g. GSK’s creation of royalty-free licensing arrangements, in connection with IP related to neglected tropical diseases.)

    Global interest in this area has been heightened following contemporary news coverage of “IP waivers”, and discussion of concerns that relate both to maintaining effective incentives to innovation and global access to medicines.

    These high-level events, which arise from the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, are likely to have significant effects on the views of institutions and to affect everyday technology licensing practices and approaches.

    This webinar will reflect on how licensing practitioners and IP academics see the current landscape, consider how industry can respond to address the concerns of civil society stakeholders, and suggest how licensing practices may change in the future.

    This event is free to participants.

    Register here!

  • LESI Women in Licensing Alliance (WILA) "Practical Lessons for those at an Early Stage in Their Career"

    Virtual | Dates: 08 – 08 Dec, 2021
    LESI Women in Licensing Alliance (WILA) "Practical Lessons for those at an Early Stage in Their Career"

    Join LESI's WILA Committee for the second in a series of short, one-hour webinars.  

    The webinar will discuss personal experiences on development, achievement and support of women in their careers; practical examples of successful approaches to avoiding and navigating difficult situations; how to benefit from diversity programs and policies.

    Moderator: Cândida Ribeiro Caffé – Head of WILA Mentor Program and Partner, Dannemann Siemsen Bigler & Ipanema Moreira


    - Clara Pombo, Corporate IP Strategy Director, Clarke Modet (LES Spain/Portugal)
    - Shivaarti Bajaj, Co-Founding Managing Partner, RSD Bajaj Global (LES India)
    - Lakshika Joshi, Lead IP Counsel, Global & AVP-Legal, Capgemini Engineerin (LES India)
    - Stasia Ogden, VP & Chief IP Counsel, Xilio Therapeutics (LES USA/Canada)
    - Pauline Khor, Partner, Rahmat Lim & Partners (LES Malaysia

    This event is free to participants.

    Register here!

  • WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Workshop

    Virtual | Dates: 08 – 10 Dec, 2021

    The Workshop aims to promote the understanding of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options for the resolution of intellectual property (IP) and technology disputes. The Workshop is designed for mediators, arbitration and IP lawyers, in-house counsel, patent and trademark attorneys, and business professionals wishing to familiarize themselves with international mediation and arbitration procedures and to receive training as neutrals or party representatives.

    The Workshop will cover mediation and arbitration procedures, with particular reference to the practical case application of the recently updated WIPO Mediation, Arbitration and Expedited Arbitration Rules, an industry view on dispute resolution, keys to the effective drafting of dispute resolution clauses, and a look at the move to online meetings and hearings. The presentation faculty includes WIPO mediators and arbitrators, in-house counsel, and WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center professionals, all experienced in the conduct of international ADR procedures. Ample Q&A opportunities will enable attendees to interact with the program faculty.

    Supported by Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) and International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).

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  • LES France "Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) and FRAND"

    Paris | Dates: 14 Dec, 2021 – 17 Jan, 2022

    Save the Date!

    APEB and LES France are glad to announce the 4th edition of their annual conference on SEPs and FRAND.

    Divided in two sessions, this captivating topic brings together an exceptional panel of experts and judges:

    SESSION 1: 14 December 2021, from 5 pm to 7 pm CET

    Chair: Prof. Daryl Lim (University of Illinois Chicago)

    Summary of the EU Commission’s expert group report on SEPs: Ruud Peters (Peters IP Consultancy B.V.)
    Panorama of major cases and deals announced over the last year: Mathieu Klos (Juve)
    Update on US and EU regulatory initiatives: Andrei Iancu (Irell & Manella; Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office)
    Industry roundtable: Pio Suh (IPCom), Clemens Heusch (Nokia), Marianne Frydenlund (Nordic Semiconductor) and Michael Schlögl (Continental)

    SESSION 2: 17 January 2022, from 9 am to 11 am CET

    Moderators: Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan (Bird & Bird) and David Por (Allen & Overy)

    ·        Judge Dr. Klaus Grabinski, Federal Supreme Court, Germany

    ·        Judge Richard Meade, High Court, England & Wales

    ·        Judge Nathalie Sabotier, Paris Court, France

    ·        Judge Edger Brinkman, Hague Court, The Netherlands

    ·        Prof. Guangliang Zhang, former judge at the Beijing Court, China

    Full details will be posted here.

  • LES USA-Canada "Threats to Innovation in America"

    Virtual | Dates: 14 – 14 Dec, 2021

    The ongoing pandemic, high consumer price index with inflation, and various economic measures of the current administration all pose threats to entrepreneurs and innovators in the U.S. Will the chaos of late creates opportunities or crush the American spirit? Will the Biden Administration affirmatively support inventors, e.g., with a pro-innovation and pro-patent system Director? This panel of experts will talk about these and other threats in a lively format.

    Moderator: Raymond Van Dyke, Intellectual Property Law

    - Randall Rader, Expert and Educator
    - Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
    - Chris Israel, Senior Partner at ACG
    - Timothy H. Lee, Senior Vice-President of Legal and Public Affairs for the Center for Individual Freedom

    This event is free to LES Members. (LES International Members - please contact info@les.org for a code)

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  • LESI Copyright Committee, LES Singapore & LES Thailand "Copyright Clearance for Live Streaming"

    Virtual | Dates: 17 – 17 Dec, 2021

    Covid-19 pandemic has caused many entertainment venues to close. To continue to bring music to the people, many singers and musicians are performing “live” on the internet. Their performances will be streamed “live” into your home via channels such as Facebook and YouTube.

    Music publishers in the region are claiming that such “live” performances require not only a licence for “communication with the public” but also synchronisation licence. This means that organisers of such events not only need to obtain a licence from a Collective Management Organisation (CMO) for public performances but also from a CMO for reproduction rights or music publishers. There is not only added administrative hassle but also costs.

    This joint webinar will discuss the myriad of copyright clearances applicable to usage of works on the various on-line platforms.

    Speakers include:

    • George Hwang (Moderator)
    • Candra Darusman (Speaker)
    • Siriyah Boonyatikarn (Speaker)
    • Roger Zimmermann (Speaker)
    Read about the Speakers here.

    This event is free to participants.

    Register here!

  • Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) "Impact Initiatives: Socially-Responsible Investment Approaches"

    Virtual | Dates: 24 – 24 Jan, 2022

    The field of “impact investing”, which applies venture capital approaches to achieve social impact objectives, has developed over the last 5-10 years into a specialist sub-field, with the implementation of a variety of fund structures and approaches. Impact investment funds aim to apply VC-based approaches, but to relax one or more standard constraints (e.g. required return), in order to foster effective growth of new ventures and the accomplishment of social impact objectives.

    Several US groups pioneered these approaches, and there has been a rise in the number of funds (and total investment) in this field in Europe, in recent years. This type of activity complements more traditional social impact financing (e.g. funding for socially-oriented business such as housing associations).

    As the financial investment and asset management community continues to witness a rapid growth of interest in environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) funds, reflecting increasing end-consumer concern about environmental and social development issues, it is timely to assess current trends.

    This webinar will reflect the different financial models that are being applied creatively, across countries, in order to satisfy investment and impact objectives, and to advance best practice in this emerging field.

    This event is free to participants.

    Register here!

  • 2022 LES International Management & Delegates' Meeting (IMDM)

    Venice | Dates: 07 – 08 May, 2022

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    More information will be posted soon.
  • 2022 LES International Annual Meeting

    Venice | Dates: 08 – 10 May, 2022

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    More information will be posted soon.

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