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Business, Government, University and National Lab Leaders Attend the LES IP100 Executive Forum

Tuesday, February 19, 2013  
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Closed-door summit provided rare opportunity for top decision makers and thought leaders to discuss pivotal IP business issues and strategies for boosting innovation

WASHINGTON, February 19, 2013—Business leaders from an array of corporate giants, including Bayer, Comcast, Eli Lilly, Google, Merck, Microsoft, Schlumberger and Technicolor, joined top government, university and national laboratory officials for the annual Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada) IP100 Executive Forum.

The event, which also drew top leaders from Boeing Intellectual Property, DuPont, Honeywell, Johns Hopkins, John Deere, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Mars, Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Labs, Rockwell Collins, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, and other market giants, is an exclusive forum designed to facilitate candid peer-to-peer interactions and off-the-record discussions on pivotal IP business issues and strategies, valuation, best practices, deal making and organizational alignment.

“The IP100 provides a unique opportunity to discuss and share best practices for licensing innovation with very experienced licensing professionals from many types of industries,” said Charlotte Rutherford, Deputy General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Schlumberger Limited. “I am always able to get useful information including tools that I can immediately use to monetize IP. Over the past several years of attending the IP100, I have found the wealth of experience of the attendees and presenters has gotten richer with each meeting.”

The 2013 program featured a keynote address by Teresa Stanek Rea, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), who discussed improved efficiencies at the USPTO. The group also heard from Dr. Cheryl Martin, Deputy Director for Commercialization for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) about the agency’s work to catalyze and support high-potential energy technologies through funding and technical assistance during the early stages of innovation.

"This event is like an annual ‘IP State of the Union’ with a hundred or so of the business world's best and brightest. I attended because I wanted to be part of the dialogue and I’m certainly glad I did,” said Kirk Dailey, Head of Patent Transactions for Google Inc. 

The program also included two expert panels that explored ‘Innovation and Open Innovation Impacts on the Business of IP Licensing’ and ‘IP Strategy and Implications for IP Licensing.’ Each panel was followed by a closed-door, roundtable group discussion in which the attendees engaged in frank information sharing and problem solving. There were also hands-on workshops exploring three instructive industry case studies.

"The increasing popularity of this event signals that intellectual property considerations matter more and more in every business and in all kinds of deals,” said Tatiana Moore, Microsoft’s General Manager for Outbound Licensing and President of LES (USA & Canada). “We look forward to hosting the 5th Annual IP100 Executive Forum February 10-11, 2014.”

An IP100 Executive Forum Summary Report will be made available exclusively to attendees. LES (USA & Canada) will host its Spring Meeting in Seattle May 14-16. For more information or to register, visit www.LESspring.org. Register before March 31 and save $200.

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About the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc.
Established in 1965, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is a professional society comprised of over 4,500 members engaged in the transfer, use, development and marketing of technology and intellectual property. The LES membership includes a wide range of professionals, including business executives, lawyers, licensing consultants, engineers, academicians, scientists and government officials. Many large corporations, professional firms, and universities comprise the Society's membership.  Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. & Canada), Inc. is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), with a worldwide membership of more than 10,000 members in 32 national societies, representing over 90 countries. For more information on LES, see www.lesusacanada.org.