The Licensing Executive Society (LES) offers prestigious awards to deserving LES members and organizations that have made significant contributions to licensing and innovation.

LES Licensing Achievement Award

The Licensing Achievement Award is the most prestigious form of recognition that an organization can receive from LES. The award was established to acknowledge those organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to licensing or other technology transfer activity.
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LES Deals of Distinction Award

The LES Deals of Distinction Award is an annual industry sector award program. Each of the LES (U.S.A. & Canada) industry sector committees has the opportunity to nominate companies that have completed the most deserving deal from within their field in the past year.
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Frank Barnes Mentor Award

The Frank Barnes Award was established in 2000 by a group of LES members to memorialize Frank Barnes’ vast contributions to the field of licensing through mentorship. Each year at the LES Annual Meeting, the Frank Barnes Award is presented to an LES member who has dedicated considerable time and energy to mentoring fellow licensing professionals.

A full list of previous honorees and additional information can be found here.

Graduate Student Business Plan Competition

In 2004, the LES Foundation, with support from LES (U.S.A. & Canada), Inc., hosted its first Graduate Student Business Plan Competition. The event grew quickly in both size and popularity among students in the U.S. and Canada and in 2008. Thanks to a partnership with the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), it went global, welcoming student participants from around the world.

This competition is no longer being offered.