LES is on the move. We continue to be your voice for strong intellectual property rights, and policies that favor robust business development, technology commercialization, and economic growth. IP is the bulwark of a strong economy. Without strong, predictable, and durable IP rights, economies falter. This is especially true today. The knowledge economy demands constant innovation and improvement. Only the creative will survive.
In both the U.S. and Canada, there are profound changes afoot in the IP landscape. Our Spring Meeting, May 9-11, in Washington, DC will examine those changes, and focus on how legislative and policy changes are likely to affect us in the creation and implementation of transactions involving IP rights. Our meeting kicks off at the Embassy of Canada, where we will hear from Canada's Ambassador to the United States of America, Mr. David MacNaughton, how intellectual property rights and related commercial transactions are fueling the growth of our North American economies. We will also hear from experts in all three branches of US government: from the executive branch as to what is the likely IP policy under the new Administration; from the legislative branch as to what will likely appear on Capital Hill as proposed changes to IP law; and from the judicial branch as to how the courts are likely to implement those policy and legislative changes.
LES continues to advance its IP Standards initiative. This effort toward industry self-regulation in IP-related transactions is a vital step in raising the bar and improving efficiency as we move the fruits of innovation to market. LES is now a certified Standards Designating Organization by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI is a non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel. We encourage you to join us in creating these voluntary consensus standards. Participation is open to all, regardless of LES membership. For more information, and to download the LES Standards Brochure, go to: https://issuu.com/lesusacanada/docs/les_2017_standards_brochure_02.10.1
LES is a volunteer-driven organization. We come together to do collectively what we cannot do alone. We realize our collective potential through your participation and involvement. As an organization, LES needs to know what matters to you, and what you want to achieve through this collective effort. It might be that you seek professional development through LES educational programs, networking and hearing the latest in best practices at meetings, or the collective voice of your peers in advocating for changes in IP-related laws and policies. Whatever it is, you will best achieve your objectives through personal involvement in the activities of the organization. I encourage you to join a committee, or propose the formation of one. One of the best ways to get involved in LES is on our meeting planning committees. These committees plan our meetings from start to finish, from the opening cocktail reception to the final workshop. Regardless whether you prefer to plan a party or develop meeting content, it’s a great way to get to know your fellow members, enlarge your network, and to have a voice in a vital function of the Society. So, pitch in, get involved, and get connected.
Sincerely, Brian P. O’Shaughnessy President & Chair of the Board Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada), Inc.