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LES Deals of Distinction Award

The LES Deals of Distinction Award (DDA) is an annual industry sector award program of LES (U.S.A. & Canada), which aspires to recognize worthy licensing deals and promote creative and innovative solutions to business issues involving contracts.

Each of the LES (U.S.A. & Canada) Industry Sector Committees has the option to make an award to whom they feel has completed the most deserving deal from within their field.

2016 Deals of Distinction Award Winners

High Technology Sector
Nokia, Audi, BMW, Daimler - Nokia's HERE Mapping and Location Business

Chemicals, Energy, Environment & Materials Sector
Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Imaflex Inc. - Super absorbent Polymer Licensing Agreement 

Life Sciences Sector
Precision Biosciences-Baxalta  - ARCUS Genome Editing Technology

Nominate a Deal

Of the deals announced in your industry over the past year, can you think of a worthy candidate?

Consider the criteria below and submit your information:

  1. The Award may be granted to a representative from each party of the selected deal wherein the transaction was announced in the past year and had a significant licensing component.
  2. Wherein further at least one party to the selected deal is an organization based in the territories of LES (U.S. or Canada).
  3. All types of licensing and technology transfer subject matter will be considered, and the selection criteria will include:
    1. Creative solution to the business issues,
    2. Novel structure for terms, and/or
    3. A deal that is seen as a "seismic event" and signals a major change for the art of licensing in your Industry Sector
(Other qualifications, such as LES membership, will be vetted by the DDA Awards Subcommittee.)

Click here for the nomination form. (Sorry the submission period has ended for 2016.)

Contact sectors@les.org with questions or to learn more about nominating a deal.

Award Winners