LESI 2020 Winter Planning Meeting

21 – 23 February in Padua, Italy

On behalf of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), we are delighted to advise that registration is now OPEN for the upcoming LESI Winter Planning Meeting to be held on 21st-23rd February 2020 in Padua, Italy. As per tradition, the WPM is by invitation of the President-Elect, Audrey Yap.

The event is organized by LES in collaboration with the University of Padua, UniSMART, the tech transfer company of the University of Padova, and Padova Convention Bureau, a public office established by the Municipality of Padua with the official aim of increasing the ability to attract tourists and promoting conference in that area. A map of Padua can be found here.

Schedule Overview

Friday 21 February
9:00am – 5:00pm | Unismart & LESI Joint Seminar – Archivio Antico Palazzo Bo, University of Padua
2:30pm – 4:00pm | LESI Board Meeting
6:30pm | Combined Reception at Caffè Pedrocchi (Seminar & LESI attendees)
8:00pm | Dinner at Ristorante Belle Parti (Optional for LESI Members)

Saturday 22 February
8:00am | Registration Starts
9:00am – 5:00pm | LESI Winter Planning Meeting – Archivio Antico Palazzo Bo, University of Padua
7:30pm | Cocktail and Drinks in Memory of Peter Hess followed by Dinner at Caffè Pedrocchi

Sunday 23 February
All day | Tour Padua on your own, (optional) Visit to Venice and the Opera

Event Details

Friday 21st February 2020

There will be a day-long, joint UniSMART & LESI seminar (in English) at the University of Padua starting at 9:00am (full programme can be found here).

• Morning session – Access to Intellectual property as a key driver for industry-university collaboration (in English)


• Afternoon session – Artificial Intelligence and Addictive Manufacturing  (in Italian)


The program will include international speakers and promises to be engaging.  Lunch will take place in the city centre (which is close to the University) and will be followed by a tour of the old University of Padua from 2:00pm until 3:00pm (attendees and their guests are invited to join the tour).  The afternoon session will feature speakers from local Italian businesses.

At 6:30pm, a combined cocktail reception is planned (possibly at the University itself, Sala delle Colonne).  At 8:00pm, the LESI will organize dinner at Ristorante Belle Parti (optional but encouraged – $67pp). Please register through the link at the top of the page.

Saturday 22nd February 2020

Full-day Winter Planning Meeting with special guest speakers from Academia, Industry and IP Offices.  The day will culminate in drinks and dinner at Café Pedrocchi.

8:00am                Registration

9:00am                Welcome Remarks by LESI President (Fiona Nicolson)

9:15am                Opening Remarks by LESI President Elect (Audrey Yap)

10:00am              Keynote: Professor Piero Formica, Innovation Value Institute

11:00am              Coffee Break at Caffè Pedrocchi

11:30am              Panel Discussion by PTOs

1:00pm                Lunch at Caffè Pedrocchi

2:30pm                LESI attendee roundtables

3:30pm                Coffee break at Caffè Pedrocchi

5:00pm                Closing Remarks

7:30pm                 Cocktail and Drinks in Memory of Peter Hess (sponsored by Bardehle    Pagenberg) followed by Dinner at Caffè Pedrocchi

Full Programme can be found here
Roundtable details can be found here

Sunday 23rd February 2020

For those interested, there is an opportunity to attend Opera in Venice at the Teatro Fenice’s on Sunday evening.  More information can be found here.

 A small yet fancy hotel within walking distance (5-7 mins) to the University of Padua has been reserved for LES members attending the WPM:

• Hotel Europa (60 rooms reserved until 21 January 2020)

Recommended by the Michelin Guide, the hotel is located in the historic center of the city, near the station and the Scrovegni Chapel. The quality of service and the elegance of the location is the strength of the structure.

Prices –

• Single room – euro 119  
• Double Use Single (DUS) room – euro 134
• Double room – euro 140
• Superior/junior suite – euro 160 to euro 250

VAT and Breakfast included, free Wi-Fi connection + 3 euro city tax per day

For reservation:info@hoteleuropapd.it

Reservation code:WINTER PLANNING MEETING 2020


There is a shuttle bus service from Venice airport and you can book your journey here


The venue for the Friday and Saturday meetings will be the University of Padua, the second oldest Italian University (founded in 1222) after Bologna, the oldest University in the world (founded in 1088). Please note that all the venues are in walking distance: Caffè Pedrocchi is located in front of the University.

Padova is strategically located at the heart of the Veneto region. The city’s railway station (Venice is only 30 minutes by train from Padua) and the nearby airports in Venice, Treviso, Verona and Bologna provide excellent connections with the main European cities and further afield. Please click here for information on travelling to Padua. During this time Venice will enjoy its famous carnival from 8th-25th February so please consider extending your trip.

We very much hope you will accept our invitation to join us in February and help make it a successful meeting!

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