San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge

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Welcome to the LES San Francisco Chapter

Mission Statement

Licensing is a core aspect of business for many San Francisco Bay Area companies. The LES San Francisco Chapter (SFC) is focused on bringing together licensing professionals from an array of industries and drawing upon the significant practice knowledge and intellectual capital in the Bay Area. SFC is dedicated to providing current, content-rich topics of discussion that both inform the licensing community and emphasize networking.

Our goals are to:

  • Provide professionals of all industries with quarterly educational programs related to licensing
  • Provide updates on ever-changing legal aspects of licensing
  • Create networking opportunities for business executives, lawyers, consultants, engineers, scientists, professors and government representatives
  • Improve and enhance the skills and techniques involved in intellectual property licensing, management, compliance and enforcement

Our meetings are open to both LES Members and non-members. Questions about upcoming events may be directed to any of our Chapter Chairs. Most sessions will qualify for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for attorneys.


LES annual membership dues are $395 per year which qualifies you for lower rates on local meetings, discounts on seasonal and annual meetings, and access to an array of licensing resources through the LES and SFC. Join LES and participate in the LES San Francisco Chapter today!

San Francisco Chapter Leadership


Mr. George C. Sawyer
Client Executive
2382 Tiffin Road
Oakland, CA 94602
Phone: (925) 280-1220
Fax: (510) 291-9757


Mr. Neil A. Smith
Ropers Majeski, Kohn & Bentley
50 West San Fernando Street
Suite 1400
San Jose, CA 95113-2429

Marketing Chair

Rob Warner
FTI Consulting
One Front Street
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 283-4262

Program Chair

Ryan Koppelman
Alston & Bird LLP
1950 University Avenue, 5th Floor
East Palo Alto, CA 94303-2282
Phone: 650-838-2009

Logistics Chair

Mrs. Hannah Wu
3 Embarcadero Center
20th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 498-5666