LES hosts monthly webinars, as part of its ongoing Webinar Wednesdays series, as well as Hot Topic webinars that are periodically scheduled to cover breaking developments such as patent reform, important case updates and other major industry news. Webinar Wednesdays are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and are also available anytime on-demand. Join IP and licensing experts as they share their knowledge and experience regarding today’s most relevant licensing trends and challenges from transactional issues to ethics to valuation.

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*NEW LES member benefit: these webinars, a $1,200 value, are FREE for LES members in 2015. Click on a webinar below and register today!

Upcoming Webinar - July 2015

Getting a Workable Contract to Signature Sooner

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

As a preview of the three-hour workshop before the LES 2015 Annual Meeting in October in New York, learn a series of "pro-tips" to help you speed up your drafting and (equally important) the other side’s legal review. In addition, play a special "word association" game as a reminder of the issues that might need to be addressed in your contract.


This panel discussion will cover the following topic areas:

  • Checklists of questions to help you brainstorm points to cover in contracts with handy mnemonic acronyms.
  • "Canary-in-the-coal-mine" clauses to help you identify "difficult" counterparties.
  • Pairs of clauses that should be joined at the hip — for example, a drafter asking for an indemnity obligation should always at least consider including an insurance requirement to fund the indemnity.
  • “Time bomb" clauses that, if proposed, might someday blow up in the proponent's face.
  • The differences between "don't kick a sleeping dog" clauses and "offer the guard dog some hamburger" clauses.
  • Relationship-nurturing clauses that can be used to help avoid disputes in the first instance, not just resolve them.
  • And more!

D. C. Toedt III, AttorneyLaw Office of D.C. Toedt III
Susan Stoddard, Ph.D., Senior Licensing Manager, Mayo Clinic Ventures

Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
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Fee: $0
CLE Credit: 1.5

Speaker Bios:

D. C. Toedt III, Attorney, Law Office of D.C. Toedt III
D. C. Toedt III is an attorney and arbitrator who has negotiated scores of license agreements in his career; he teaches advanced contract drafting at the University of Houston Law Center. He was previously vice-president and general counsel of BindView Corporation, a 500-employee software company with operations in six countries (and which as outside counsel he had helped the founders to start) until the company's successful "exit" when it was acquired by Symantec. Before that he was a partner and member of the management committee of Arnold, White & Durkee, a 150-lawyer boutique, IP litigation law firm. Admitted to practice in Texas and California, he is a former co-chair of the State Bar of California Business Law Section's Commercial Transactions Committee and previously served on the governing council of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. He is the author of, among other things, the Common Draft public library of annotated contract templates, at CommonDraft.org.

Mr. Toedt currently serves as program co-chair for LES's Houston chapter.  He organized and co-led the half-day workshop at the LES 2015 Spring Meeting, Getting a Workable License Agreement to Signature --- Practical Tips for Drafting, Legal Review, and Negotiation, which will be repeated at the LES 2015 Annual Meeting in New York City. In recent years he has served as an instructor for the LES Strategic Licensing: Advanced Skills and Tools course and for the LES IP and Licensing Basics course.

Susan Stoddard, Senior Licensing Manager, Mayo Clinic Ventures
Susan Stoddard, Ph.D., is a senior licensing manager at Mayo Clinic Ventures, in Rochester, Minnesota. Her responsibilities involve the evaluation and out-licensing of intellectual property for employees of Mayo Clinic. She specializes in the fields of biotechnology and diagnostic and pharmaceutical products. Susan recently recognized her 20th year at Mayo, during which time she was also the administrator for Mayo's Office of Strategic Alliances. Before taking the position at Mayo, Susan was a tenured professor of neurosciences and a member of the graduate faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine, as well as has   twice- received an award as Outstanding Professor in Basic Science.

Dr. Stoddard received her A.B. from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey. She is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Dr. Stoddard is the trustee for on-site education of LES USA and Canada and has been a member of LES for over 10 years. She has been a member of the LES Education Committee since 2011 and presented the IP and Licensing Basics course in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For the last three years she has led the LES Review Course for the CLP Exam. Dr. Stoddard has been an active participant and speaker at LES, and has also given many presentations at professional meetings related to licensing technologies from academic institutions.

Who Should Attend

The webinars are designed for all IP and licensing professionals at any level of experience, including corporate IP and licensing professionals, technology transfer professionals, non-IP attorneys, and business development professionals.

Why You Should Attend

LES Webinars are a convenient and affordable way to stay up-to-date with current trends and challenges, gain core knowledge on IP and licensing topics, and supplement your learning in new areas. With our live webinars and growing library of on-demand webinars, you can log-in and learn from leading industry experts anywhere, anytime.

Course Details

Each webinar is 60 or 90 minutes and addresses a unique topic presented by different industry experts. Sample topics include patent reform, trademark licensing, royalty auditing, patent sales agreements, antitrust issues, and patent licensing conflicts.

Course Fees

We are happy to announce the Webinar Wednesday series will be FREE to LES members! These webinars, delivered right to your desk, will provide increased knowledge and exposure to today’s hot topics.  You’ll also be able to earn CLE and CLP credits!

This member-only benefit gives you access to IP and licensing experts as they share their knowledge and experience regarding today’s most relevant licensing trends and challenges from transactional issues to ethics to valuation.

2015 Webinars

Mark your calendars for Webinar Wednesdays, the second Wednesday of each month. In 2015, LES will be offering our webinars as a free member benefit!

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