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.

*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!

Featured Webinar - March 2015

 LES High Tech Sector: Royalty Rate & Deal Terms Survey 2014

Date:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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

Description: The LES High Tech Sector has again sponsored an in-depth royalty rate and deal terms survey similar to the highly sought after 2011 survey.  Covering the period from 2011 to 2014 - 1855 surveys were sent out; 94 complete deals were submitted by 53 companies for an overall 5% response rate.  The presenters will give an overview of the results of the survey along with the methodology that was used and discuss any apparent trends in the data.  The complete survey report is slated to be released to LES members in Q1 2015 and will be available for purchase by non-LES members.

Speaker Biographies:

Bob Held

Bob is the Vice President of the Intellectual Asset Management (VP, IAM) group for TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) in Annapolis MD. As the VP, IAM, Bob is responsible for the strategic management and monetization of TCS’s IP portfolio. With over 300 US patents in the portfolio and over 300 pending, Bob’s group has the responsibility for strategically managing and leveraging the IP assets in pursuit of both core and non-core business. Prior to joining TCS, Bob was the Director of the Intellectual Property & Strategic Technology Agreements business unit  at the Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronic Systems Sector from 2003-2011 as the. Prior to the position at Northrop, Bob was an Associate Vice President at the British Technology Group (BTG), a 50+ year old IP management group headquartered in London.  

Bob has been active in the Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA and Canada since 1998, and has served in several leadership roles. Bob is the immediate past Chair of the High Tech Sector in LES and serves on the LES Board of Trustees as Vice President of Education. Bob earned the Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) certification in 2008 and has been a frequent lecturer at business and professional programs.

Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Villanova University and an MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.

Jack Lu
Jack is the Founding Partner and Chief Economist of IPMAP - Intellectual Property Market Advisory Partners. His expertise includes business & assets valuation, competition study, market analysis, investment analysis, business forecast, and financial distress prediction. He has substantial experience in economic research and financial modeling for IP management and monetization, and has helped clients in developing and executing IP investment and divestiture strategies across major technology-intensive industries.

Jack is also an active researcher and publisher. His studies in intellectual property, patent markets, financial markets and other economic issues have been published by the Council on Foreign Relations, Cambridge University Press, Business Economics, Licensing Economics Review, and Les Nouvelles, the Journal of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) International. He was an expert speaker at IP forums organized by Duke Law School, LES, London IP Summit, and other entities, and his comments have appeared in CFA Magazine, Licensing Economics Review, and LES Insight. His most recent research can be found at his SSRN author page at http://ssrn.com/author=230071.

After receiving his B.E. in electrical engineering and M.Ph. in technology management, Jack studied economic policy and received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Licensing Executives Society. He has been actively involved in supporting these organizations, including serving on the Executive Committees of 2011 and 2014 LES High Tech Royalty Survey.

Specialties: Business Valuation, IP Valuation, IP Financing & Investment, Start-up Company Valuation, Early-stage Technology Valuation, Business & Economic Forecast, Distressed Assets Valuation & Financial Distress Forecast, Credit Risk Analysis, Competition Study & Market Structure Analysis.

Joe Daniele
Joe Daniele is Chief Operating Officer of Acorn Technologies, Inc., an R&D and IP Licensing company with technology and IP products in semiconductor devices/processes and 4G wireless. Joe is an expert in Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Commercialization, with broad experience in IP deals, Corporate IP policy, management and governance including generating (R&D), maximizing and extracting value from portfolios of patents, technology, etc. He has led R&D efforts and completed roughly 500 IP arrangements. He has been elected to the IAM 300, The World's Leading IP Strategists annually from 2009 to present, is a Certified Licensing Professional, and serves on the Boards of Advisers at companies in internet security and cancer diagnostics. Prior to Acorn, he was Senior Vice President of IP and Technology Commercialization at SAIC/Leidos, a $10+ billion Washington DC-based company. There, he established the IP Management and Technology Commercialization function and generated significant revenue and equity through mining and commercializing the IP and technology portfolios of SAIC/Leidos and its subsidiary, Telcordia. Prior to SAIC, Joe held senior management and corporate positions at Xerox (Fortune 40 at the time). There, he established and headed the Xerox Intellectual Capital Business Unit and the Corporate Office for Management of Intellectual Property (COMIP), and was responsible for licensing and commercialization of all Xerox’ IP including 9,000 patent families and related technology. His responsibility included the Corporate Infringement Lab, Corporate IP Strategy, and worldwide licensing/sales.  In his Xerox career, he was also a VC Partner in the precursor to Xerox New Enterprises, was Corporate Strategist for Xerox’ core products, and Corporate Science & Technology Advisor to the President. Earlier, he headed Scanned Imaging Technology, and FWA Ink Jet. Prior to Xerox, he was at Philips, where he held management positions in R&D for the world’s first compact disc readers and burners, and early fiber optic communications.  He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physics of Solids both from MIT, and an MBA from the University of Rochester. He has published more than 25 papers, contributed to several books, and holds 22 patents.

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

Featured Webinar - April 2015

 Introduction to Hollywood Movie Royalty and Profit Participation

Date:  Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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

This seminar will provide an overview of the movie production and distribution process, the current risks faced by Hollywood, an overview of the way royalty and profits are being reported to license holders and other stakeholders, key legal cases impacting the way royalties are being reported, and a guide to companies and representatives should consider in determining when to audit such royalty streams.

Speaker Biographies:

Jody Simon
Jody is a seasoned and savvy entertainment law attorney who has been helping clients in the industry produce innovative and sophisticated television and new media content for more than 25 years. From the early days of his career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency in New York to his current status as one of the industry’s go-to lawyers and chair of the Entertainment Department’s Production Practice, Jody is a passionate advocate for his clients, negotiating the deals that bring to life many of today’s popular entertainment vehicles. Throughout his tenure as an entertainment lawyer, Jody has actively counseled his clients in nearly every type of legal matter spanning the spectrum of the industry: television (including a special focus on reality television and Canadian and international co-productions), digital media outlets, publishing, live stage, live action and animated programming and graphic novels. 

Ron Nessim

Ron Nessim has been on the winning side of more than 40 criminal and civil trials and arbitrations. He has argued numerous appeals in both federal and state courts, including in the United States Supreme Court, and has been at the center of numerous precedent-setting, high-profile civil and white-collar criminal law cases.  Mr. Nessim was recently selected by his peers as the 2014-15 Los Angeles Criminal Defense: White Collar “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America and as a leading entertainment litigator in Variety’s 2014 Legal Impact Report. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America since 2006, Southern California Super Lawyers since 2004 and several other publications of leading lawyers.  Mr. Nessim’s litigation practice focuses on four key areas: white-collar criminal defense, entertainment, health care fraud and general business litigation. His clients highly value his attention to detail, ability to think strategically, and his trial skills.

Ilan Haimoff
Ilan Haimoff has over 20 years of accounting experience in public accounting and private industry serving clients primarily in the entertainment, financial services and distribution service industries. Ilan leads the Entertainment and Media practice and Royalty & Licensing Audit Services. His specialty includes profit participation and forensic accounting on behalf of talent, investors and co-producers at both the major and mini studios. He currently oversees participation audits at various studios, including 20th Century Fox, Sony, Starz, as well as other prominent studios

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

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 2013 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 new 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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