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LES Society to Welcome Former USPTO Director and Distinguished Leaders at Silicon Valley USPTO Event

Wednesday, March 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Jessie Hennion
LES Public Relations

Licensing Executives Society to Welcome Former USPTO Director and Distinguished Leaders at Silicon Valley USPTO Event on May 14, 2019

LES Draws Top Technology, Licensing, and IP Minds for a Day of Interactive Discussion on How Intellectual Capital Management and Standards Can Enhance the Innovation Economy

San Jose, Calif. -- March 20, 2019 -- The Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) announced today that registration is open for its inaugural LES Leading Edge Series event, Driving Innovation: Standards in Licensing and Intellectual Capital Management, at the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in San Jose. The highly anticipated, one-day event will feature a speaker line-up of notable business leaders and members of the technology and intellectual property (IP) communities. The full agenda and speaker list are available on the LES website here. Early bird registration pricing is available through March 29, 2019.

“We’re thrilled to have Cravath, Swaine & Moore Partner David Kappos, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, as well as Silicon Valley USPTO  Director John Cabeca among the world-class speakers we have assembled for our inaugural LES Leading Edge Series event,” said LES President and Chair Bob Held. “It will be a high-level educational experience for technology and IP professionals looking for cutting-edge information on how intellectual capital management and standards enhance success in the innovation economy.”

Kappos will deliver the LES keynote titled “Behavioral Issues in Licensing of SEPs and other IP — Defining Acceptable and Best Practices through Voluntary Standards.” As Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the USPTO, Kappos was instrumental in achieving legislative reform of the U.S. patent system. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost leaders in the field of intellectual capital, including IP management and strategy; the development of global IP norms, laws and practice; and the commercialization and enforcement of innovation-based assets.

Among the featured LES Leading Edge Series event speakers, moderators and panelists will be business and technology leaders from Avanci; Avasta Incorporated; Center for Intellectual Property; Collins Aerospace; Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Ericsson; Finjan Holdings, Inc.; GE Ventures; InventionShare; PIUS Limited, LLC; Prasad IP, PC; Science Futures, Inc.; Stout Risius Ross, LLC; Tangible IP; The Boeing Company; USPTO; and Visa among others.

Program topics will explore some of the biggest challenges technologists and IP professionals face today and reveal best practices around intellectual capital management and standards. Session highlights include:

  • Standards in Licensing and Intellectual Capital Management
  • Innovation, Interoperability and Efficiency Through Standards
  • Improving IP Valuation Outcomes Through the Use of Standards
  • IP Management for Startups
  • Intangible Assets in the Boardroom

For more information about the conference, sponsorships or registration, visit

About the 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 2,500 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 33 societies representing more than 8,000 members in 90 countries.



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