Around the World with LES


Around the World with LES

Intellectual property, licensing and business development professionals will gather around the world to celebrate World IP Day and the importance of IP to the global economy.  Participating LES (USA & Canada) Chapters and LESI societies will host events celebrating World IP Day on April 26, 2012.

Washington DC Chapter Event

Thursday, April 26, 2012
8:30 AM – 1:45 PM

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Knox Building - 1st Floor Lobby Level Conference Center 
501 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA

Visionary Innovators and Intellectual Property

Teresa Rea
Deputy Director
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Visionary Innovation: a View from Within the USPTO

James Pooley
Deputy Director General for Innovation and Technology
World Intellectual Property Organization
Geneva Switzerland
Visionary Innovation: Policy Implications for Business and Government

Adam Mossoff
Professor of Law
George Mason University School of Law
Promoting Innovation From Sewing Machines to Smart Phones

Bryan A. Geurts
Chief Patent Counsel
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
American Innovators: NASA Perspectives on Innovation

Dr. Alois A. Langer
Inventor of the Automatic Implantable Defibrillator
Medical Innovations and Health Care

Robert Sachs
Fenwick & West
Philosophy, The Patent Law, and Innovation

Raymond Van Dyke
Van Dyke Law
Washington, DC
Technological Innovation and the History and Social Balance of Intellectual Property

The importance of technological innovation and visionaries, as well as the social balance and value of Intellectual Property in society, will be discussed from various perspectives, including effects generated by the America Invents Act of 2011.  In the morning session, patent practitioner and educator Raymond Van Dyke will speak on the history of technology, intellectual property law and the American patent system, including many visionary innovators in history. George Mason University Law Professor Adam Mossoff will speak on the topic "Promoting Innovation from Sewing Machines to Smartphones," and Fenwick & West Partner, Robert Sachs will present on "Philosophy, The Patent Law, and Innovation."

The lunch/afternoon session will include several distinguished speakers addressing visionary innovators and innovations from various perspectives. First, Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Teresa Rea, will provide a perspective of the USPTO. James Pooley, Deputy Director General for Patents at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, will provide various business and government perspectives and policy implications regarding innovation. National Inventor Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Al Langer, a visionary innovator, will speak on his experiences.  Finally, Bryan Geurts, Chief Patent Counsel for NASA Goddard, will speak on "American Visionaries: NASA Perspectives on Innovation." Ray Van Dyke will then moderate a panel discussion with the speakers on the value of intellectual property and current issues and challenges involving IP.

Join us for this exciting program and exceptional networking event to celebrate World IP Day, Thursday, April 26th, at the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

LES Member & Non-Member: $10

Online Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 24, 12 PM EST

No refunds after April 24, 2012
Substitutions are permitted


8:30 AM
9:15 AM
9:30-10:45 AM
Speaker: Raymond Van Dyke
10:45-11:15 AM
Speaker: Professor Adam Mossoff
11:15-11:45 AM
Speaker: Robert Sachs
11:45-12:00 PM
12:00-1:20 PM
Lunch Panel: Teresa Rea, James Pooley, Dr. Al Langer, Bryan Geurtz
1:20-1:45 PM
1:45 PM


Online Registration Closed
Onsite Registration Available



Online Registration

Program & Location
Ray Van Dyke
LES Washington DC Chapter Chair 

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Several LESI Societies, including Austria, Korea, Italy, Mexico, Spain-Portugal and France will be hosting Around the World events. For more information, please visit the LESI website.