Innovation and licensing are at the core of progress in today’s dynamic business landscape. To recognize the exceptional contributions made by individuals and organizations in this field, the Licensing Executive Society (LES) is calling for nominations for the LES Awards 2023. With the ceremony set to take place during the LES 2023 Annual Meeting in Chicago on October 15-18, the clock is ticking, and nominations must be submitted by August 11!

One of the most highly regarded accolades in the industry is the Deals of Distinction Award. Each sector of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) selects a standout deal that has demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovation, and problem-solving in licensing, intellectual property, and related transactions. If you know of a deal that meets these criteria and has been announced in the past 18 months, this is your chance to shine a spotlight on its achievements.

The nominated deal should have a significant licensing or intellectual property component and involve at least one United States or Canadian organization. From technology transfer to various types of licensing agreements, all subject matters will be considered. However, the emphasis will be on deals that offer creative solutions to business issues, feature novel structures or terms, or are considered groundbreaking “seismic events” that signal a major shift in the art of licensing or intellectual property.

Previous Deals of Distinction Award winners have set the bar high, showcasing the power of strategic collaborations and innovative problem-solving. To gain insight into the caliber of winners, look at the list of past recipients. These remarkable deals have not only made a significant impact in their respective industries but have also paved the way for future advancements and partnerships.

In addition to the Deals of Distinction Award, the LES Awards 2023 also recognizes exceptional mentors who have made a lasting impact on the licensing and innovation community. If you know an individual who has dedicated their time and expertise to nurturing talent and driving progress, don’t miss the opportunity to nominate them for the Frank Barnes Mentor Award.

To submit your nomination for the Deals of Distinction Award or the Frank Barnes Mentor Award, visit the LES website and fill out the nomination form by August 11. The LES Awards Subcommittee will carefully review all submissions, ensuring that the nominees meet the necessary qualifications, including LES membership where required.

Don’t let this chance slip away! Nominate a game-changing deal or an inspirational mentor for the LES Awards 2023, and join us in celebrating the remarkable contributions that drive innovation and licensing forward.

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