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LES Skill Development and Leadership Opportunities Description

Chapters

Participant
All LES members and non-members are encouraged to attend local Chapter events in their area. These events are held on a regular basis, anywhere from quarterly to monthly, depending on the Chapter. Events often include an educational speaker and time for networking, and typically last from one to two hours. Registration fees vary by Chapter and details are available on the LES website.

Ad hoc project
Developed by the Chapter and varies based on Chapter need.

Committee Member
Developed by the Chapter and varies based on Chapter need.

Committee Chair
Committee Chairs should assist in coordinating specific efforts for LES Chapters, such as programming, sponsorship, membership, marketing, logistics, etc. They are encouraged to engage other volunteers to serve as committee members to share the work and cultivate future leaders. Committees typically meet on a regular basis, and Committee Chairs also meet regularly with Chapter leadership. The frequency and length of meetings varies by Chapter.

Chair-Elect, Chair, Immediate Past Chair
The Chapter Chair will lead, coordinate, and manage a local chapter of LES in accordance with policies and procedures set by the Board of Trustees. General responsibilities include coordination of chapter meetings for local LES members and licensing professionals. As part of this planning, a strategic plan and events calendar should be developed. The Chapter Chair serves a one-year term, unless otherwise approved by the Chapter Trustees, and also serves as Chair-Elect and Immediate Past Chair to provide continuity in the local leadership. Experienced Chapter Chairs are encouraged to get involved in other opportunities at the national level to stay engaged.

Published Content

Insights Content
Articles must be original, must have a generally serious approach, and must be written in a style understandable by the LES audience of business, legal, and technical professionals. We welcome submissions from both LES members and non-members on a broad range of topics that relevant to our readers' interests, though preference is usually given to LES members. A complete set of guidelines for submission can be found here.

Viewpoints Content
We welcome original submissions from both LES members and nonmembers on a broad range of topics relevant to our readers' interests, though preference is usually given to LES members. Guidelines for submission can be obtained from kquevedo@les.org

les Nouvelles Content
les Nouvelles is published quarterly and is designed to further the Society's objectives of assisting members and others in improving their skills, techniques, and knowledge in licensing, and protecting Intellectual Property. The journal consists of two general sections. One contains scholarly papers on substantive topics related to the Society's educational objectives, and the other relates to activities of member societies and licensing news and developments. Only the scholarly articles are subjected to the peer review and evaluation system. Complete submission details may be found on the LESI website.

Insights Editorial Board
Editorial Board members are responsible for reviewing submitted articles for inclusion in the weekly enewsletter. All article reviews are based on the article requirements as outlined in the Insights Editorial Guidelines. Board members typically represent LES Sectors and Committees, and must a solid understanding of specific subject areas.

Meeting Content

Attendee
All LES members and non-members are encouraged to attend national LES meetings for high-quality education and networking opportunities. These meetings occur two to four times a year and vary in location. The meetings are typically two to four days, and registration fees vary by meeting and date of registration. Details are available here.

Workshop and Panel Participation
Workshops and panels provide targeted material on timely and timeless topics. Workshops are consistently one of the top value propositions of an LES meeting, and are key to a successful meeting. Speakers submit proposals to the appropriate Meeting Committee for consideration. Accepted speakers then work with staff and volunteers to meet pre-meeting deadlines and present their topic on site at the meeting.

Workshop Lead
Workshops and panels provide targeted material on timely and timeless topics. Workshops are consistently one of the top value propositions of an LES meeting, and are key to a successful meeting. Workshop leads work with panel speakers and LES staff to arrange an engaging on-site program and help coordinate logistics. 

Mini-plenary Programming
Mini-Plenary programming provides sessions of interest to specific LES industry Sectors, which generally result in a larger audience. Speakers are typically solicited by the appropriate Sector based on the desire to address specific topics that are of broad interest to Sector members. Speakers then work with staff and volunteers to meet pre-meeting deadlines and present their topic on site at the meeting.

Panel Moderator
Panel Moderators work with the Meeting Committee and/or Sector leadership to draft questions for the panelists in their session that relate to the topic and are of interest to attendees. They may also be asked to assist in communicating logistical issues to meet pre-meeting deadlines.

Roundtable Facilitators
Roundtable Facilitators assist the Meeting Committee in leading discussion on pre-determined topics. Facilitation techniques are shared in training sessions at the meeting, and new facilitators will be expected to participate in those sessions. Occasionally Roundtable Facilitators will be asked to record the discussion at their table as well.

Keynote/Plenary Speakers
Keynote and plenary speakers address broad issues that impact the practice of licensing and intellectual property commercialization. These speakers keep attendees mindful of the big picture. Their names and/or topics are key to marketing the meeting by drawing attendees, and they are solicited by the appropriate Meeting Committee. Once confirmed, speakers then work with staff and volunteers to meet pre-meeting deadlines and present their topic on site at the meeting.

Session Scribe/Workshop Summary
LES attempts to highlight popular and timely sessions outside of the meeting format by capturing the content and developing articles for Insights and Viewpoints publications. Writers for these articles need to attend the session and may need to follow up with the speaker(s) for additional details, depending on the purpose of the article. Authors may then work with LES staff and volunteers to edit and publish their pieces.

Education Content

Attendee
All LES members and non-members are encouraged to attend national LES education events for high-quality instruction and networking opportunities. These events occur in person and online, and the lengths of programs vary from 90 minutes to four days, depending on the offering. In-person events are offered across the U.S. and Canada, and registration rates vary by program. Details are available here.

Train the Trainer Participant
Members interested in teaching the IP & Licensing Basics course at LES meetings and Chapter events must attend this half-day Train-the-Trainer program. To be eligible, members will need to take the IP & Licensing Basics course prior to taking Train-the-Trainer program. Participants include experienced IP, licensing, technology transfer, and business development professionals, as well as IP, patent, and transactional attorneys. This program is designed to provide the teaching methodology for LES education in order to co-teach a standardized global curriculum and train individuals to become local stewards of LES education.

Train-the-Trainer Leader
LES Train-the-Trainer leaders are experienced faculty members who are familiar with the teaching methodology of LES education courses. Working together with the Education Program and Content Manager, Train-the-Trainer leaders are responsible for teaching this three-hour program to qualified volunteers.

Content Developer/Reviewer
LES education content developers create new content and update existing content for established LES education programs. They are tasked with maintaining currency of information and the sharing of best practices, tools, and techniques to improve the practice of licensing and intellectual property commercialization. Content developers and reviewers are familiar with existing program materials, including presentations, instructor notes, exercises, and resource materials participants.

Webinar Speaker
LES Webinar Wednesdays are 90-minute sessions, held the second Wednesday of every month and are designed to provide participants with current industry trends and challenges. Speakers are responsible for developing educational content as well as answering participant questions in real time.

Education Instructor - IP Licensing Basics, Masters, Strategic Licensing, Best Practices
LES education instructors present LES developed content that addresses educational needs at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. These workshops are offered as standalone events, at LES seasonal and annual meetings, as well as at Chapter education program events. Instructors share knowledge, expertise, and experience, and are familiar with existing program curriculum, including presentations, instructor notes, and exercises.

Certified Licensing Professional (CLP)                                         
The Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) program is a professional designation intended to distinguish those who have demonstrated experience, proficiency, knowledge, and exposure to licensing and commercialization of intellectual property through involvement in patenting, marketing, valuation, IP law, negotiation, and intellectual asset management.

Education Course Offerings
All LES members and non-members are encouraged to attend LES education events that count toward their CLP certification. Courses that offer credit can be attended as standalone educational events or in conjunction with LES meetings. These events occur in person and online, and the lengths of programs vary from 90 minutes to three days, depending on the offering. Details are available here.

CLP Review Course Participant
All LES members and non-members are encouraged to attend the LES CLP Review Course in their pursuit of the credential. The Review Course is offered both in person and virtually and covers the eight domains of the CLP exam. Details on the course are available here.

CLP Review Course Instructor
LES education instructors present LES developed content that addresses the eight domain areas of the CLP exam. Instructors must be CLP certified and familiar with the test format and subject areas. 

CLP Exam
The CLP exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions covering eight domains of licensing knowledge. The opportunity to take the CLP exam is available to those who have received a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university and have at least three years of professional experience in the licensing field. The CLP exam is open to both members and non-members. More information can be found on the CLP website. [link to CLP website]

Meeting Planning

Attendee
All LES members and non-members are encouraged to attend national LES meetings for high-quality education and networking opportunities. These meetings occur two to four times a year and vary in location. The meetings are typically two to four days, and registration fees vary by meeting and date of registration. Details are available here. [link to LES meetings/events page]

Committee Volunteer
Committee volunteers work with the Committee Chair and LES staff on all program elements of the meeting to ensure the meeting provides educational and networking opportunities to attendees, and that the meeting programming advances the practice of licensing and intellectual property commercialization. Specific meeting elements may be carried out by individual committees, such as workshops, plenaries, etc.

Committee Chair
Meeting Chair or Co-Chair reports to the LES President for the year of the meeting. The LES Meeting Chair(s) oversee all program elements of the meeting to ensure the meeting provides educational and networking opportunities to attendees, and that the meeting programming advances the practice of licensing and intellectual property commercialization. The Committee Chair solicits committee participation and leadership from the membership, with input and recommendations from LES leadership and staff. The Chair is responsible for meeting revenue surplus targets, which are critical to meeting the overall financial goals of the association. The Chair works closely with staff to facilitate the planning process and uphold meeting policies. The commitment for a Chair of the Annual Meeting begins two years prior to the meeting and ends at the Board of Trustees meeting following the meeting. For smaller meetings, the commitment begins about one year prior to the meeting.

Program Chair
The Program Chair reports to the LES Meeting Chair and is responsible for overseeing all program elements of the meeting. With the Meeting Chair, the Program Chair determines the overall format for the meeting; coordinates Chairs for each element; and oversees speaker and content quality to provide education opportunities to attendees. For an Annual Meeting, the commitment begins 14 months prior to the meeting and ends at the meeting. For smaller meetings, the commitment begins about one year prior to the meeting.

Committees

Member
Members of Committees have identified that Committee as their primary (or secondary, in some cases) area of interest. Members of a Committee receive information specific to that area, and have the opportunity to participate in Committee-specific events, both in person and virtually, and are encouraged to do so.

Community Conversations Speaker
LES Sectors and Committees provide free webinars to members in a variety of interest areas as an exclusive member benefit. These webinars are 60 minutes in length and include 25-30 minutes of content, and an additional 30 minutes for open and facilitated discussion. Speakers submit their ideas or are solicited by Committee leadership to present on a particular topic, and then work with staff and volunteers to meet pre-webinar deadlines and present the topic.

Project or Subgroup Chair
Each Committee has different priorities, though most Committees are involved in creating content for webinars and meeting workshops. Each of these projects, along with other specific Committee priorities, provides opportunities to drive the business of the Committee. Regular subgroup conference calls and communication with the Committee Chair is required.

Chair-Elect, Chair, Immediate Past Chair
The Committee Chair will lead, coordinate, and manage the Committee in accordance with policies and procedures set by the Board of Trustees. General responsibilities include coordination of content for members through meeting programs, publications and virtual offerings, as well as representing the Committee to the Board of Trustees. As part of this planning, a Committee plan and events calendar should be developed. The Committee Chair serves a one-year term, unless otherwise approved by Trustee for Committees, and also serves as Chair-Elect and Immediate Past Chair to provide continuity in the leadership.

Sectors

Member
Members of Sectors have identified that Sector as their primary (or secondary, in some cases) area of interest. Members of a Sector receive information specific to that area, and have the opportunity to participate in Sector-specific events, both in person and virtually, and are encouraged to do so.

Community Conversation Speaker
LES Sectors and Committees provide free webinars to members in a variety of interest areas as an exclusive member benefit. These webinars are 60 minutes in length and include 25-30 minutes of content, and an additional 30 minutes for open and facilitated discussion. Speakers submit their ideas or are solicited by Sector leadership to present on a particular topic, and then work with staff and volunteers to meet pre-webinar deadlines and present the topic.

Ad hoc assignment
Each Sector has different priorities, and the business of the Sector may require short-term, project-based groups or assignments. These assignments often require concentrated effort in a short amount of time to meet a specific goal. Projects vary by Sector and are determined by the Sector Chair.

Sector Subcommittee Member or Lead
Developed by the Sector and varies based on Sector need.

Project or Subcommittee Member or Chair
Each Sector has different priorities, though all Sectors are involved in creating content for webinars, meeting workshops, and publications. Each of these projects, along with other specific Sector priorities, provides opportunities to drive the business of the Sector.

Additionally, a Sector may have subgroups within its membership that meet to discuss topics of relevance to their specific field. The subgroups typically meet via conference call and Chairs are responsible for securing speakers and providing opportunities for engagement, both virtually and in person. Regular subgroup conference calls and communication with the Sector Chair is required.

Cross-Functional Liaison
The liaison works with the designated committee on LES projects and initiatives related to LES initiatives in that area. This individual will leverage their unique sector expertise to help reach the committee's goals. Liaisons are expected to participate in regularly scheduled committee calls and report back to Sector leadership as needed.

Chair-Elect, Chair, Immediate Past Chair
The Sector Chair will lead, coordinate, and manage the Sector in accordance with policies and procedures set by the Board of Trustees. General responsibilities include coordination of content for members through meeting programs, publications, and virtual offerings, as well as representing the Sector to the Board of Trustees. As part of this planning, a Sector plan and events calendar should be developed. The Sector Chair serves a one-year term, unless otherwise approved by Trustee for Sectors, and also serves as Chair-Elect and Immediate Past Chair to provide continuity in the leadership.

Board of Trustees

Experienced LES volunteer leaders are encouraged to engage with LES Trustees to learn more about leadership paths and opportunities

Trustee
LES Trustees support LES initiatives in the areas of membership, education, communications, chapters, and member engagement. Trustees represent these areas on the LES Board of Trustees to ensure each area is present in all LES efforts. Trustees serve two-year terms as recommended by the Nominating Committee.

Vice President
LES Vice Presidents lead LES initiatives in the areas of membership, education, communications, chapters, member engagement, and international efforts. Vice Presidents represent these areas on the LES Board of Trustees to ensure each area is present in the strategic direction of LES. Vice Presidents serve one-year terms as recommended by the Nominating Committee.

LES (U.S.A. and Canada) Counsel
LES Counsel is appointed by the President and advises the President and the Board on legal issues affecting the Society. Counsel is responsible for reviewing all contracts and legal agreements for the Society, and serves on the Ethics Committee to review any issues that may arise

President-Elect, President, Past President
The LES President is the chief elected officer and representative of LES, and sets the strategic direction of the organization with the input of the Executive Committee. The President works with the Executive Director to carry out the mission of LES and represent member interests. The President serves a one-year term, and also serves as President-Elect and Past President to provide continuity of leadership.

LES International (LESI)

Committee Members
All members are eligible to participate in any LESI Committee. Committee meetings are typically held in conjunction with the LES International Delegates Meetings (twice per year) with the work of the committee continuing between each Delegates Meeting.

Committee Chair
LESI Committee Chairs are appointed by the LESI President, and provided with specific direction on their goals and objectives for the year. Committee Chairs lead, coordinate, and manage the Committee in accordance with policies and procedures set by the LESI Board. General responsibilities include coordinating content for members through meeting programs, publications and virtual offerings, as well as representing the Committee to the LESI Board. Additional information can be found on the LESI website.

Delegates
Member societies of LESI appoint a slate of Delegates to represent the Society at international meetings. LES (U.S.A. and Canada) President proposes a slate of Delegates for the coming year, which is approved by the Board of Trustees annually. Delegates serve for a calendar year, which typically includes two Delegates Meetings. Delegates may be reappointed by the next President for continuing service beyond one year.

President-Elect, President, Past President
The LESI President is the chief elected officer and representative of LESI and sets the strategic direction of the organization with the input of the Executive Committee. The President works with the Board to carry out the mission of LESI in conjunction with LES societies around the world. The President serves a one-year term, and also serves as President-Elect and Past President to provide continuity of leadership.

All LES (U.S.A. and Canada) Past Presidents are invited to participate in the Past Presidents' Council, an informal group that receives updates on LES activities, Board meeting minutes, and reports from LES International meetings. All Past Presidents receive complimentary registration to attend the LES (U.S.A. and Canada) Annual Meeting and are invited to all LES Board of Trustees meetings and networking events. Past Presidents also serve as Alternate Delegates to LES International and are sought for their advice and guidance on special projects.

LES Foundation

Graduate Student Business Plan Competition Participant
To enter the Graduate Student Business Plan Competition, students must be enrolled in an accredited graduate school program and be part of a registered team. The team is responsible for putting together a business strategy centered around the importance of intellectual property. Teams will be assigned a mentor to discuss and strengthen their plans. Teams selected as finalists will receive scholarships to attend an LES meeting present their plans.

Mentor
Each team of students in the competition is assigned a mentor to provide feedback on the business plan based on their real-world experience. When necessary, the mentor may make introductions to colleagues with additional experience that would be helpful to the student teams. Mentors are expected to advise their team and provide feedback, but not push the team in a specific direction or complete any part of the business plan for them.

Judge
LES members are invited to serve as volunteer judges to evaluate the range of business plans received by the Competition each year. Each judge is asked to provide specific feedback on the plans they evaluate and is encouraged to offer suggestions and recommendations to the graduate student teams. Judges typically review three to five plans each year, based on the number of entries in the competition. Efforts are made to match judges with business plans that are in their field of interest or expertise.

Donor
All LES members and member companies have the opportunity to make a gift to the LES Foundation. Gifts support the Graduate Student Business Plan Competition and the participation of student teams. Donations may be made online or mailed to the LES office.

LES Foundation Board Member
LES Trustees support LES Foundation initiatives, focusing on the Graduate Student Business Plan Competition and other priorities. Trustees represent these areas on the LES Board of Trustees to ensure each area is present in all LES efforts. Trustees serve two-year terms as recommended by the Nominating Committee

President-Elect, President, Past President
The LES Foundation President oversees the work of the Foundation with the input from the Foundation Board and the LES President. The President serves a one-year term, and also serves as President-Elect and Past President to provide continuity of leadership.

LES Administrative Committees

Member
Committee members are asked by the President to assist with the work of LES. Participation by conference call and email is often required and specific assignments and frequency of work varies by Committee. Some Committees may be organized for a special project or assignment, while others are ongoing.

Chair-Elect, Chair, Immediate Past Chair
The Committee Chair will lead, coordinate, and manage the Committee in accordance with policies and procedures set by the Board of Trustees. General responsibilities are specified by the Board depending on organization priorities, and the Chair is expected to report the work of the Committee to the Board of Trustees. The Committee Chair serves a one-year term, unless otherwise approved by the President, and also serves as Chair-Elect and Immediate Past Chair (as needed) to provide continuity in the leadership.