Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada) Brings Together World-Renowned Speakers
Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada) Brings Together World-Renowned Speakers to Highlight the State of Innovation at Annual Meeting in Boston Oct. 14-17
IP professionals and business leaders will benefit from a dynamic program that includes a historical look the evolution of patents and IP in Boston to professional development, networking opportunities, and fun!
BOSTON—September 20, 2018—The Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada) today announced additional speakers and topics for its 2018 Annual Meeting, held in Boston, the birthplace of innovation, from Oct. 14-17, 2018, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The highly-anticipated, three-day event is expected to convene more than 500 executives and feature a speaker line-up of notable business leaders and members of the IP, ICM and standards communities. Registration and conference information is available at www.lesmeetings.org/am18.
This year's meeting will build upon the IP innovation theme, including an opening plenary and fireside chat entitled "Advancing Innovation Through A Renewal Of Trust." Featured plenary speakers will explore the state of innovation and competitiveness in America, and will include Bill Elkington, LES President and Chair, Senior Director, IP Management, Rockwell Collins; Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); and Dr. Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
"Innovation is the principal source of differentiated and defensible advantage for operating companies," said LES President and Chair Bill Elkington. "LES' vision is to connect and inspire the broad diversity of people involved in IP, intellectual capital management and standards development by providing them with lively and engaging content, thought-provoking collegial discussions, beneficial best practices, and a comprehensive executive-quality curriculum. That is what we plan to achieve this, and every year, at our Annual Meeting."
The LES 2018 Annual Meeting sessions and educational panel topics will explore the development and protection of IP commerce, intellectual capital management and the LES Standards Initiative. Highlights of the sessions include:
- Funding Startups – The Boston Perspective
- Setting Standards for Licensing
- The Joint Chiefs' Guide to Preparing for Patent War
- Navigating Standard Essential Patents Issues Through International Waters
- Increasing ROI for Government-Funded Research
- Advanced Telecommunications Licensing, 4G, 5G and LTE for Automobiles
- 2018 Tax Consequences: Coordination of IP Monetization and Tax Planning
- Life Sciences Partnering Performance and Reputation Survey Results
- Maximizing IP Value and Minimizing Risk in M&A Transactions
LES would like to give special thanks to its 2018 Annual Meeting sponsors. The Annual Meeting experience can be started early by downloading the Annual Meeting App. The App provides access to the schedule, speakers, options to arrange one-on-one meetings, and more. The app can be downloaded in the Apple App or Google Play Store using the passphrase LESAM18. For more information about the conference, sponsorships or registration, visit www.lesmeetings.org/am18.
About Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc.:
Established in 1965, Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is a professional society of 3,000 members engaged in the creation, commercial development, and orderly transfer of intellectual property rights; protection and management of intellectual capital; and intellectual capital management standards development. LES members are accountants, business leaders, business model innovators, consultants, deal-makers, economists, engineers, IP valuation experts, lawyers, licensing executives, lobbyists, merger and acquisition experts, public policy leaders, scientists, strategic planners, supply chain managers, tax specialists, and technology transfer specialists. These members represent innovation-centered enterprises of all sizes and kinds—such as government laboratories, professional services firms, universities, operating companies, regulatory authorities, licensing specialty firms, and trade associations. LES is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), which has 32 sister societies representing 10,000 members in 90 countries. www.lesusacanada.org