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LES 2018 Annual Meeting - Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce that the planning committee for the LES 2018 Annual Meeting is now accepting proposals for spotlight plenary and workshop panels.

The LES 2018 Annual Meeting, hosted by LES (U.S.A. & Canada), will be held from October 14-17, 2018 in Boston, MA. 

All proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are encouraged.  The planning committee will review and consider all proposals that are submitted by February 16, 2018.  For consideration, proposals must include all requested fields including a session title, overview, description, and topics listing as well as the name and contact information for the organizer, moderator, and all panelists.  

Proposals must be fully completed and submitted through the below portal. Proposals sent by any other means will not be considered.

Here is a list of possible workshop topics:
1. Non-traditional topics with regard to intellectual property, IP asset and innovation management, and deal making
2. Best intellectual property and corporate practices for in-house counsel
3. Leading IP considerations before and after M&A
4. Strategies for identifying, negotiating and closing technology deals
5 Intellectual Capital Asset hygiene – from startups to global enterprises
6. Due diligence during capital Investment and subsequent assessment
7. Strategic alliances, joint ventures, and joint development
8. Leveraging IP intelligence and analytics
9. Interactive working session on deal making and agreements
10. Diversity in licensing topics
11. Young members topics
12. Issues in entertainment industry IP management
13. Leading topics in High Tech, Emerging Enterprises, Consumer Products, and Chemicals, Energy, Environment and Materials (CEEM)
14. Cross-industry innovation

The planning committee offers the following thoughts for consideration while developing proposals:
Interactive sessions are encouraged.  Avoid the “Sage on the Stage” type session.
Moderators and speakers must be willing to share their lessons learned, takeaways and war stories so that the audience learns from the experiences of the panelists
Priority will be given to proposals that confirm panelists prior to submitting the proposal, so please identify prospective speakers and note if they have been invited or confirmed.  All workshop panelists will be required to register for the conference.  
The organizing committee will speak with the organizers of selected proposals prior to acceptance.  Proposals will be deemed accepted upon notification directly from LES.  If accepted, the organizing committee will work with organizers to build out and enhance the workshops. 
There can be no more than one person from the same organization on any panel.  Although multiple proposals are welcomed, a particular person may participate in only one session per conference.
Moderators and speakers from diverse professional settings are recommended, and each session should have at least one person from an operating entity on the panel.  This may include a representative cross section of the LES Membership including but not limited to private industry, both large and small, government, and academia; and, as appropriate, representing diverse perspectives, e.g., intellectual capital management, licensing, business development, legal, and regulatory viewpoints.
The maximum number of panelists for each session is four (4) plus one (1) moderator based on time constraints.
Diversity is strongly encouraged—new topics, speakers from a wide range of countries and industries including from new/young members and those who have never spoken at a LES conference would be welcomed.
Please bear in mind that the sessions are intended to provide knowledge dissemination through discussion and interaction.  Sessions are not a venue for speeches or promotional presentations.

For any questions about the LES Annual Meeting or the proposal submission process, please contact Michael Fluhler, 2018 LES Annual Meeting Chair at mfluhler@fishstewip.com or Kimberly Chotkowski, LES CEO at kchotkowski@les.org.   We look forward to reviewing your submissions.  Thank you.


Proposals with completed information for panelists will score higher than those without.


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