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2019 LES Education—What We Have Done And Where We Are Going

Friday, March 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
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To the LES Community,

Education CalendarLES Education started 2019 with a remarkable custom course for Sanofi Genzyme in January. It was a well-received 2 day course hosted by Sanofi at their Cambridge, MA office.  There was a lot of hard work and hours put in by the instructors to ensure that the course was a success. Many thanks go out to Brian O'Shaughnessy, Jennifer Gottwald, Joe Miotke, Kevin McElroy, Gauri Prakash-Canjels, Paul Stewart, Krista Holt, Michele Riley, and Jeff Whittle because without them the course would not have been possible. Thank You All!

LES was also well represented at the February AUTM Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. The meeting kicked off with a CLP Review Course. To say that the attendees enjoyed the course would be an understatement. The response leaving the room was that many were nervous about the exam prior to beginning of the day, but were now excited and enthusiastic to take the CLP Exam. That is a compliment to the team of instructors who put on such an amazing course: Bob Held, Krista Holt, and Matthew McNeill. Thanks also needs to be given to Eleanor Nelson who helped coordinate the event with J.W. Marriott and was on-site providing support for the instructors in Austin. Again, thanks to all involved that made our CLP Review Course so successful.

The rest of 2019 looks equally promising. We will be in Vancouver for LES University West from March 25-28 offering both our 1 day IP Basics and 3 day IP Licensing for Business Development courses. Thanks go to Richard Johnson and North Rose Fulbright for providing us a beautiful facility to present out IP Basics course. We are also extremely fortunate to work with The University of British Columbia to present our Business Development course. The efforts of Katja Mjos and Eleanor Nelson landed us at the Robson Square Campus of UBC in Downtown Vancouver. Hopefully this partnership with UBC is the first of many to come.

On July 10 & 11 LES will be in Montreal presenting our 2 day Negotiation Skills course. Thanks to Stacey Dunn, and the work that she has put in, the course will be held at ROBIC LLP.  This is an ideal location because it is only blocks away from the YMC Conference.

In September, we will be presenting LES University East in Washington, D.C. Brian O'Shaughnessy has graciously offered to host the event at the Dinsmore Shohl building in the heart of our nation's capitol. LES University East will offer three courses: 1 day IP Basics, 3 day IP Licensing for Business Development, and a 1 day CLP Review course. We are all very excited to be back in Washington, D.C. in the Fall.

At the LES Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ in October we are planning to both start and end our exciting conference. There will an array of courses including: Negotiation Skills, IP Business Basics, CLP Review and a 1 day Valuation course.

And this is only a small sample of what we have going on.  We are also working with our Local Chapters to put on Educational Courses; including Atlanta, RTP, Iowa and San Francisco. Keep an eye on the Education Page to see all the current offerings and dates.

Lastly I want to thank the Members of the Education Committee and the instructors who have worked so tirelessly to help make sure that LES Education is serving the needs of our Members and the Society.  They include: Matthew McNeill, Paul Stewart, Karen Temple, Louise Levien, Mark Shelley, and Carolyn Tomberlin. My words of appreciation and gratitude will never be enough to thank you for all that you have done, and continue to do. And to the many instructors, only a small few who have been mentioned in this letter, Thank You! 

If you have questions regarding Education please don't hesitate to contact me. Whatever it may be I am always here to help and listen to our members.

Sincerely,  Mark Keagle, Director of Education, e-mail: mkeagle@les.org

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