This year LES (USA & Canada) has chosen beautiful San Diego, CA for its Spring Meeting. While San Diego is mostly known for its year-around perfect weather, it also known as a hub of high-technology and biotechnology research and development. Well-known companies such as Qualcomm, Illumina and Life Technologies (now ThermoFisher) are based in San Diego. Also, successful non-profit research and academic institutes such as the Sanford-Burnham Institute, Salk Institute, Scripps Institute, and U.C. San Diego are all located in San Diego. Our host hotel, the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, is directly adjacent these research institutes, overlooks the world famous Torrey Pines golf course, and sits on a clifftop above the Pacific Ocean. It’s a one-of-a-kind location for this year’s event.
At the Spring Meeting you will find that we have put together some very strong panels of speakers. On Wednesday our morning plenary will focus on Innovation vs. Legislation: How legal changes are affecting technology companies and very importantly, innovations from universities. You will learn about the Innovation Act currently winding its way through Congress and how it has the potential to alter your practice. At lunch we will have a fireside chat on Patent Licensing: A Global Perspective with Eric Reifschneider, Senior VP and General Manager of Qualcomm Licensing. He will be interviewed by Niklas Ostman from Microsoft, and Prathiba Singh from Singh and Singh about worldwide trends in licensing. On Wednesday afternoon we will begin a series of great workshops organized along different tracks. We will have three afternoon tracks: high technology, life sciences and valuation, including a life-science session on the newly released Royalty Rate Survey and a session lead by the one and only Mark Edwards, founder of ReCap. This will allow you to focus your time on the most relevant information for your business. Many more details on the workshops can be found on the LES website.
If you chose to attend a sector dinner on Wednesday night, busses will pick you up and take you to the nearby Del Mar plaza. This location in downtown Del Mar has a gorgeous view of Del Mar and the Pacific ocean. After dinner, you can stroll through Del Mar with your colleagues enjoying the sights of this famous beachside community.
On Thursday, our morning plenary will focus on San Diego Success Stories. You will hear from Alex Dickinson of Illumina and Chrysa Mineo of Receptos on how licensing has led to the successful growth of their companies. At lunch on Thursday, we are very excited to have Stan Fleming, co-founder of Forward Ventures speaking to us on the challenges to starting and growing new companies. Stan is a well-known and engaging speaker; you won’t want to miss him. On Thursday afternoon have a second life science track of workshops and, new this year, a legal track. The legal track includes an informative talk on non-practicing entities, a workshop on best practices for arbitration agreements, and a final workshop on metrics and techniques to use in formulating a global IP litigation strategy. In addition to being compelling topics, these talks will also qualify U.S. attorneys for CLE credit in their home state. Attendance at the meeting also qualifies for CLP credits for those Certified Licensing Professionals attending.
Don’t forget that you can save $200 on your meeting registration before March 31, 2015. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Knobbe Martens Olson and Bear, 2015 LES Spring Meeting Co-Chair
Director, Intellectual Property Licensing, Microsoft 2015 LES Spring Meeting Co-Chair