Where Knowledge & Community Collide

Today, 80 percent of the equity value of a publicly traded company is in its intellectual capital. With that percentage it reasons that properly managing this capital is incredibly important to the success of a company and is evolving into a discipline that must be understood. Join over 500+ decision makers and thought leaders in the IP space to have intelligent conversations about innovation, the evolving licensing field and the future of Intellectual Capital Management.

Annual Meeting Agenda

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Register for the 2021 Annual Meeting

The LES 2021 Annual Meeting is focused on Reimagining the Future. As we move away from the challenges of 2020, we are beginning to imagine what the new future looks like. The LES 2021 Annual Meeting attendees will gain insights on effective ways to acquire, protect, and monetize intellectual property in the post-Covid-19 age. Join us virtually during the week of September 27th to network and share knowledge, best practices, and deal advice that can be put into action. Included in your registration for the Annual Meeting is complimentary access to the LES 2020 Annual Meeting recordings. You will receive access details once you register for the conference.

Early Bird Rates

Register now and receive the lowest ticket price. Prices to increase after August 13, 2021.

  • Group Rate: $1500
  • Individual Member: $495
  • Individual Non-Member: $695
  • Meeting/Member Combo: $795

Call for Speakers

Acceptance Notification

All acceptance notifications have been sent out to all speakers and panelists.


  • August 6, 2021 – Speaker registration deadline.
  • August 31, 2021 – All speakers must complete session recordings (details for recording process/requirements will be included in the speaker time slot notification email).

For any questions about the LES Annual Meeting or the proposal submission process, please contact the 2021 LES Annual Meeting Chair at [email protected] or the event organizers at [email protected].

Why Attend?

This is the premier event for the intellectual capital community. The LES Annual Meeting attracts a diverse group of 600+ decision makers – why can’t you be one of them? Attending our week-long educational sessions and networking events is a sound investment for your company and your career.

Network with thought leaders in the IP space for conversations about innovation, the evolving licensing field, and the future of Intellectual Capital Management. We want you there to represent your company and your expertise.

Practical Education. The world of licensing is constantly evolving, so it is critical to stay ahead of the curve. Whether you’re just starting out in the field or have 30 years of experience, there’s always more to know to be competitive.

Boundless Networking. Our community of innovators, attorneys, intellectual capital management professionals, have multiple opportunities to network during activities, and between sessions. We make it easy to connect with colleagues and meet new friends, mentors, and potential clients.

We’re keeping you safe: Join us for a digital gathering where you will gain the insight, knowledge, and connections that you have come to expect from LES, in a new and exciting way. We are using the latest technology to deliver a thought-provoking program of high-quality intellectual property and licensing content to help you in your job. This time-zone friendly event provides extended opportunities to learn, make connections, and advance your career.


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 (USA & Canada) Annual Meeting an award is presented to an LES member, who like Mr. Barnes, has dedicated considerable time and energy to mentoring fellow licensing professionals. Sponsored by the LES Foundation, the award honors Frank Barnes, Corporate Vice President for Abbott Laboratories, who passed away in June 2000 after a long fight with cancer. Frank’s contributions to Abbott through his in-licensing prowess are legendary, earning the company billions of dollars annually. Deadline for submissions extended until July 30, 2021.


Deal of Distinction Nomination: 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.

Nomination deadline extended until August 6, 2021. (Please note that the Life Sciences Sector does not take nominations.)

Become a Sponsor

Position yourself as an industry thought leader while providing visibility for your organization by becoming an LES Sponsor.

Leverage the power of our network across multiple industries and sectors and connect with global members to increase brand awareness, promote thought leadership, reach key prospects, showcase new products and services, and stand out your competitors.

LES offers a wide array of sponsorship opportunities to show your support and leverage your LES involvement into deal-making opportunities. Driven by your business development objectives, you will receive unmatched exposure designed to help you develop your current relationships and attract new ones through LES sponsorship.

Increase your organization’s visibility through an LES sponsorship. Review the 2021 LES Sponsorship Prospectus here. Contact us now.

Thank you to our LES Annual Meeting Sponsors!

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LES 2020 Was A Success!

A huge thank you to those who turned out to attend the 2020 LES Annual Meeting, despite it being moved to a virtual format. If you missed it, the recordings are available for purchase through December 31, 2020. Please click below to buy them on-demand.