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LES hosts monthly webinars as part of its ongoing Webinar Wednesday series, as well as hot topic webinars that are periodically scheduled to cover breaking developments such as patent reform, important case updates, and other major industry news. Webinar Wednesday is held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (EST), and are also available anytime on-demand. Join intellectual property (IP) and licensing experts as they share their knowledge and experience regarding today’s most relevant licensing trends and challenges from transnational issues to ethics to valuation.

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*FREE for LES members: All webinars, a $1,500 value, are FREE for LES members. Register today!

Who Should Attend

The webinars are designed for all IP and licensing professionals at any level of experience, including corporate IP and licensing professionals, technology transfer professionals, non-IP attorneys, and business development professionals.

Why You Should Attend

LES webinars are a convenient and affordable way to stay up-to-date with current trends and challenges, gain core knowledge on IP and licensing topics, and supplement your learning in new areas. With our live webinars and growing library of on-demand webinars, you can log-in and learn from leading industry experts anywhere, anytime.

Course Details

Each webinar is 60 or 90 minutes and addresses a unique topic presented by different industry experts. Sample topics include patent reform, trademark licensing, royalty auditing, patent sales agreements, antitrust issues, and patent licensing conflicts.

Course Fees

The Webinar Wednesday series is FREE to LES members! These webinars, delivered right to your desk, expand your knowledge and exposure to today’s hot topics. You’ll also be able to earn CLE and CLP credits, depending on the topic.




Automobiles, Automation and IP

Presented by Dr. Christal Sheppard, USPTO

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern Time | 1 hour, 30 minutes


Learn about the shift of the automotive industry to a mobility industry, and the IP challenges and opportunities associated with this shift.

Featured Presenter:

Christal Sheppard: Director of the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Christal Sheppard joined the USPTO in 2015 as Director of the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit. Prior to joining the USPTO she was an assistant professor of law at the University of Nebraska, where she co-founded a program of Concentrated Study in Intellectual Property law at the Law College. Dr. Sheppard has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Cornell University Law School. She has over two decades of Science and Intellectual Property Law and Policy experience including as a practicing attorney at Foley & Lardner and the United States International Trade Commission and internships with Judge Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

In 2005, Dr. Sheppard completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education for Senior Managers in Government program, and in 2014, she completed George Mason University’s Law and Economics Institute program. Her successful career in intellectual property law and policy includes her tenure as Chief Counsel on Patents and Trademarks for the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where she was integral in many endeavors including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most comprehensive change to this nation's intellectual property laws in over 60 years.