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LES 2017 Annual Meeting - Call for Proposals

WELCOME to the LES 2017 Annual Meeting CALL FOR PROPOSALS AND SPEAKERS. The Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago on October 22-25. The theme is "Harnessing Change, Advancing Intellectual Business Practices in Today's World." The IP Community is operating in an environment of change ranging from issues related to business practices to political, legislative and judicial unknowns. LES is even experiencing change within our own Society. 

This year LES encourages members to submit proposals that embrace the theme of change and several of the sub themes outlined below. One thing, however, is constant, LES's support of a Strong US Patent System through our Society's Mission of being an independent, professional organization that facilitates global IP commerce via education, networking, standards development, and certification. LES is looking forward to a robust set of proposals and thanks you in advance for your time, interest and dedication to the Society. Potential presenters must submit proposals by COB, May 12, 2017 for consideration. The full set of proposal guidelines and submission and review criteria can be found on the LES 2017 Annual Meeting website.

PLEASE NOTE: LES has revised its method of proposal submissions. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the LES Online Submission Portal.  This will ensure proper tracking and response to all submissions. Confirmation emails are sent upon successful submission of all proposals.  Please retain confirmation email as proof of submission to LES offices. 

Important Dates

Monday, April 17, 2017 Call for Proposals Opens 
Friday, May 12, 2017  Proposals Submission Deadline 
Friday, June 23, 2017  Notification of Accepted/Declined Proposals 
Friday, July 21, 2017  Final Proposals Due  


Proposals are being sought for the following elements of the meeting.

I. General Interest Sessions (x15): LES is seeking proposal to fill up to 15 general interest sessions which will include 3 sets of up to 5 concurrent sessions

  • Sub-theme set 1: LES is more than Licensing
  • Sub-theme set 2: Creative/alternative ways of financing - Deals/IP/Litigation/Companies
  • Sub-theme set 3: Hot Topics applicable across multiple industries

II. Sector Specific Sessions (x10) LES is seeking proposals to fill up to 10 Sector specific sessions. The final sessions selections will be selected to cover topics of interest to two session per each of the 5 LES sectors (LS, IUGI, HT, CEEM & Consumer Products)

  • Topics should be of interest to a specific Sector. 
  • Sub-theme set 1: Discuss the impact of a significant change in each Sector
  • Sub-theme set 2: Technologies of the future



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