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Innovators And Pioneers Featured At 2019 LES Annual Meeting

Monday, June 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
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By Renee M. McMullen

The Licensing Executives Society is known as a premier force in the IP, licensing and intellectual capital community and this year’s Annual Meeting is delivering on its reputation for providing quality programming, high-level networking and gathering a diverse group of thought leaders in the industry. Each day of the event, hosted at the picturesque JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, includes an address from an industry influencer.

The first powerful plenary will take place on Monday, October 21st when Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim will leverage his vast experiences in antitrust, legal policy, and intellectual property to discuss the importance of competition in business, foreign commerce and the current efforts of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division. His time as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Counsel, as well as service on the Attorney General’s task force on Intellectual Property give him a unique perspective on how the evolving global economy will continue to influence the management of intellectual capital and ongoing legislation. Attendees of varying industry experience and sectors can gain valuable insight from understanding our government’s involvement in the Intellectual Capital community. The theme of the intersection of innovation and legislation will be continued throughout the meeting.

The innovation of startups is the focus and charge of Shaloo Garg, Managing Director, Microsoft for Startups. This “Champion of Innovation” understands the importance of intellectual capital, especially as it relates to the commercialization of revenue for start-up businesses across the industry spectrum. Her experience at Fortune 500 technology companies like Oracle and Microsoft informs her with the insight on how startups, and those who support them, can leverage their intellectual assets to realize the revenue opportunities they have before them. Ms. Garg’s work with Microsoft and UN Women, creating virtual innovation labs for digital literacy initiatives, impacts a wide range of constituents, from the young girls in developing countries who are the direct beneficiaries of the labs, to the corporate and community entities that contribute to the overall evolution of technology across the world. Ms. Garg will share her experiences in a captivating keynote at the Tuesday luncheon, October 22nd.

Some might say that the Annual Meeting closing plenary saves the best for last as a “Father of the Internet” addresses LES. Wednesday morning, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Vinton Cerf will share his vast knowledge of being a pioneer of innovation, and the importance of harnessing intellectual property to change the landscape of communications and information technology. Widely respected and honored for his ground-breaking work to bring our world closer through the founding and development of the Internet, Mr. Cerf has received presidential honors (U.S. National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton and Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush), Industry and Educational Awards (Stanford Engineering School “Hero”; ACM Turing Award aka “Nobel Prize of Computer Science”; Lifetime Webby Award; and Lifetime Achievement Award—Oxford Internet Institute), as well as several domestic and international honorary doctorate degrees. The final morning of the Annual Meeting promises to be enlightening and informative when this “Most Intriguing Person” (People Magazine, 1994), and technology pioneer takes the stage.

The caliber of these speakers is just the tip of the iceberg of the quality of educational programming in store for you when you attend this year’s LES Annual Meeting. The diverse tracks, topics, and speakers will likely provide a new level of appreciation for intellectual capital management and some new contacts to leverage in building your professional network. Your registration today ensures you don’t miss the ultimate opportunity to connect with and be inspired by IP, licensing and the intellectual capital community.

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