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LES Wis. Chapter: Top Ten Mistakes in Licensing IP- Madison Location
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LES Wis. Chapter: Top Ten Mistakes in Licensing IP - Madison Location

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019
12:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Where: The Edgewater Hotel, Sky Club Room
1001 Wisconsin Place
Madison, Wisconsin  53703
United States
Contact: Jennifer Cook
(608) 316-4131

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Top Ten Mistakes in Licensing IP

Expert presentation and lunch


Join LES Wisconsin in welcoming Russell Levine, IP expert and past LES President, for an up-to-date presentation and discussion of the top 10 mistakes commonly made in drafting and negotiating patent license agreements. Russell analyzes court decisions, as these reported decisions from actual court cases expose, for all to see, mistakes commonly made when drafting and negotiating patent license agreements. These common mistakes include using ambiguous language to define key terms, failing to ensure consistency between clauses, and thinking that “boilerplate” provisions have little, if any, substantive consequences. Court decisions also reveal a failure to recognize that different terms have different legal meaning, e.g. assignment vs. change of control, and to understand the different legal implications of mechanisms to alter an existing agreement, e.g. terminating it and entering into a new agreement vs. amending the existing agreement. This session will identify these common mistakes and discuss language and techniques to avoid them when drafting and negotiating future patent license agreements. Russell will present over lunch in Madison and in the evening in Milwaukee.

The presentation includes lunch

CLE Pending


Russell E. Levine

Russell E. Levine is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he has spent his entire 30+ year career. He focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent infringement matters and disputes involving, and relating to, technology transfer and patent license agreements. He is a Certified Licensing Professional and has received many accolades for his IP practice. Russell is active in bar associations, industry organizations and his community. He is a Past-President of LES (USA and Canada); and a past-chair of the President’s Council at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. He is an author and frequent speaker on IP issues. He is co-editor of International Licensing and Technology Transfer: Practice and the Law. His “Top 10 Court Decisions of Year” workshop at the LES Annual Meeting is consistently standing room only. Russell holds a B.S. in Engineering and a B.S. in Economics, both degrees from the University of Michigan. He received his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is on the World Intellectual Property Organization’s List of Mediators and Arbitrators, and he is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Thursday, June 20th

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.






The Edgewater Hotel, Sky Club Room
1001 Wisconsin Place
Madison, WI 53703

The Edgewater Hotel offers covered and secure parking for day guests. Valet and self-parking options are available onsite, in addition to street parking in the area.


Before June 13:                                            After June 13:

LES Member: $30.00                                      LES Member: $35.00
Non-Member: $35.00                                      Non-Member: $40.00
WIPLA Member: $30.00                                  WIPLA Member: $35.00
Students:$10.00                                              Students: $15.00


The Wisconsin Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.


A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after July 13th.  Substitutions are accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.


Disability/Dietary Needs
Requests for ADA accommodations and special dietary needs should be submitted to the event contact listed at the top of the page. 

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