Schedule-at-a-Glance

Day 1
Oct 13 2018
Day 2
Oct 14 2018
Day 3
Oct 15 2018
Day 4
Oct 16 2018
Day 5
Oct 17 2018
Day 6
Oct 18 2018

Negotiations Skills – 1

Understand the principles underlying effective negotiation, Learn and practice skills to become a better negotiator, take home new ideas and reference material to be used in preparing and executing the...
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Jeff Whittle
Jeffrey S. Whittle, CLP
Mark D. Shelley II
Mark D. Shelley II
Charles Neuenschwander
Charles R. Neuenschwander, CLP

Negotiations Skills – 2

Jeff Whittle
Jeffrey S. Whittle, CLP
Charles Neuenschwander
Charles R. Neuenschwander, CLP

IP Business Basics 101

This one-day, deal-centric course has been designed by experienced Licensing Executives Society (LES) (U.S.A. & Canada) executives for business and licensing professionals who are newer to the field in the...
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Joseph T. Miotke
Joseph T. Miotke
Jonathon Hance
Jonathon Hance, CLP

LES Standards Pre-Meeting Workshop: IP Valuation

This session will address the ongoing development of the IP valuation standard that LES will be submitting to ANSI. The workshop will start with a brief overview of the main contributors...
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LES Standards Pre-Meeting Workshop: Intangible Assets in the Boardroom

Corporate boards of directors are legally accountable for safeguarding shareholder value, which increasingly involves appropriate oversight of intangible asset (IA) value enhancement and risk mitigation.  LES has been approved by...
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Ron Laurie
Ron Laurie
John Carney
John Carney

Leadership Summit

*Invitation only*

Orientation and Speed Mentoring for New Members & First Time Attendees – How to get more involved with LES

Hosted by Young Members Congress (Open to all registered attendees) Volunteers are vital to the growth and vibrancy of the LES USA Canada organization.  Many new and even long-standing members are...
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Michael Perham
Michael Perham
James A. McGee, CLP
James A. McGee, CLP
Vincent Bergeron
Vincent Bergeron

Welcome Reception and Annual Chapter Awards – “All Things Boston”

(Open to all registered attendees) Take a tour of Boston through the eyes of LES with an historic look at IP and the evolution of Patents while honoring our LES...
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Sunday Night Football with CEEM

(Open to all registered attendees) Extend your Sunday evening networking with Sunday Night Football live as the NE Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs.  Kickoff at 8:20 pm EST. Wear...
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YMC Get-Together

(Open to all registered attendees) If you are a Young Member (40 and under, or young-at-heart!), first-time attendee or just want to enjoy the company of LES’ future leaders, please...
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WOMEN IN LICENSING BREAKFAST: Work Smart: How to Negotiate Your Compensation

Hosted by the Women in Licensing Committee (Open to all registered attendees) The gender pay gap persists. Women in Licensing has partnered with the American Association of University Women (AAUW)...
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Alex Howley
Alex Howley

Advancing Innovation Through a Renewal of Trust

This plenary will explore the general state of innovation and competitiveness in America.  Problems that need to be solved, goals that need to be achieved, and government policies that need...
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Andrei Iancu
Andrei Iancu
Bill Elkington
Bill Elkington
Walter G. Copan
Dr. Walter G. Copan, PhD

Track 1: Funding Start-Ups – The Boston Perspective

Funding startups has never been harder. Though investors are putting more dollars to work than ever before, their sophistication requires that an entrepreneur truly understand investor logic. Armed with that...
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Wan Li Zhu
Wan Li Zhu
David Powsner
David Powsner
Ziad Moukheiber
Ziad Moukheiber
Sanjay Manandhar
Sanjay Manandhar

Track 2: IP Licensing in Vector-Based Gene Therapy

Vector-based gene therapies incorporate a wide variety of technologies and associated IP rights. They may include AAV vectors, methods of treatment, transfection methods, CRISPR-based DNA excision, methods of inhibiting antibody responses,...
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Michael Perham
Michael Perham
Kelly Parsons, PhD
Kelly Parsons, PhD

Track 3: Increasing ROI for Government Funded Research: A Call to Action

Academic research remains an important source of innovation, with $140 billion spent every year by the federal government to support university and federal laboratory research. Yet, most of this innovation...
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Gayatri Varma
Gayatri Varma
Courtney Silverthorn
Courtney Silverthorn
DJ Nag
DJ Nag
Mark Low
Mark Low
Orin Herskowitz
Orin Herskowitz
Joe Allen
Joe Allen

Track 4: Advanced Telecommunications Licensing 4G, 5G& LTE for Automobiles – How to Create an Efficient Process?

Telephones are not new to vehicles and have been integrated into vehicles with systems like On-Star and similar systems for years.  What is different about 4G/CDMA/5G/LTE connectivity for vehicles and...
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Jason Skinder
Jason Skinder
Matthias Schneider
Matthias Schneider
Luke McLeroy
Luke McLeroy
John Carney
John Carney
Michael J. Lasinski
Michael J. Lasinski

Track 5: Real World IP Due Diligence: Managing Risk and Avoiding Disaster in Real Time (And on Budget)

Practically all M&A transactions involve IP assets.  Yet these transactions are negotiated and consummated under real-world constraints of time, money, and information.  So how can you effectively design and execute...
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Joshua Slavitt
Joshua Slavitt
Sanjay Prasad
Sanjay Prasad
Angela Kujak
Angela Kujak
Mitch Charness
Mitch Charness

Power Networking One-on-One

*schedule appointments using the Official Meeting app*

Annual Business Meeting, Deals of Distinction and President’s Exemplary Service Award Luncheon

Join LES members and associates for the annual business meeting where we will introduce the 2019 LES Board of Directors and present the President’s Exemplary Service Award.  Following the Business...
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Track 1: Accessing Early Innovation Through Open and External Innovation Models

The panel will discuss models and trends in the life science sector to successfully access ideas, knowledge, technologies and capabilities from within an organization and from external partners and the...
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Chris Coburn
Chris Coburn
Scott Brown
Scott Brown
Seema Basu, PhD
Seema Basu, PhD

Track 2: IIOT: Enabling a Surge in Industrial Productivity

The consumer market has shown eagerness for the adoption of Internet-of-Things technologies. In the industrial and manufacturing sector, there is a quiet revolution under way which promises to profitably leverage...
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Mark Thirman
Mark Thirman
Mark Solomon
Mark Solomon
Jonathon Hance
Jonathon Hance, CLP
Joel Bagnal
Joel Bagnal

Track 3: Us or Them: Who is Going to Set Standards for Licensing?

Patent licensors and licensees may not reach an agreement and end up in litigation. Judges look or should look at the behavior of the parties along with other factors in...
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Aaric Eisenstein
Aaric Eisenstein
Lee Cheng
Lee Cheng
Jeff Bartholomew
Jeff Bartholomew

Track 4: Supercharging Academic-Industry Deals with Hidden Values

An interactive discussion with panel members and audience on academic-industry deals on Intellectual Property (IP). Speakers are a mix from academics and industry. They will share their experiences in working...
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Manu Nair
Manu Nair
Randy Morin
Randy Morin

Train the Trainer

*Prerequisite: IP Business Basics 101 This is the follow-up session for anyone interested in teaching the IP Business Basics 101 for your Local Chapter or at LES Meetings. To be eligible,...
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Power Networking One-on-One

*schedule appointments using the Official Meeting app*

Track 1: Patenting and Commercializing Machine Learning

Today, machine learning and deep learning technology is at the core of innovations in a wide range of fields ranging from bio-informatics and healthcare to self-driving cars and robotics. This...
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A.J. Tibbetts
A.J. Tibbetts
Sam Liss
Sam Liss
Leanne Fitzgerald
Leanne Fitzgerald
Justin Colannino
Justin Colannino

Track 2: Connecting Life Sciences IP to Business Development

Intellectual Property (IP) in Life Science is often viewed as the foundation for bringing new products to the market.  This panel will review strategies for connecting all forms of IP...
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Suzanne A. Lebold
Suzanne A. Lebold
Steven C. Kuemmerle
Steven C. Kuemmerle
Gary Keller
Gary Keller
Sian C. Godwin
Sian C. Godwin
Kate Berezutskaya
Kate Berezutskaya

Track 4: The Joint Chiefs’ Guide to Preparing for Patent War

Patents have been and continue to be an important asset for all innovators. Unfortunately, a patent is not an asset that typically possesses flexibility and adaptability. Even after the original...
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David Wright
David Wright
Gene Quinn
Gene Quinn
Mike McLean
Mike McLean
Meredith “Mimi” Addy
Meredith “Mimi” Addy

Track 5: Building and Structuring a Successful Global IP Litigation Program

This panel will discuss the current IP landscape in the U.S. and abroad, including legal and political issues, as well as best practices around developing a successful domestic and international...
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Paul Riley
Paul Riley
Steve Pollinger
Steve Pollinger
Vinit Nijhawan
Vinit Nijhawan
Brett Cooper
Brett Cooper

Track 1: IP Strategy High Tech War Game

Based on some relevant scenarios faced by IP experts in the High-Tech sector on a regular basis, attendees will enjoy an active discussion of how best to optimize an IP...
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Natalie Raffoul
Natalie Raffoul
Paul Gagnon
Paul Gagnon
Karl Barnfather
Karl Barnfather

Track 2: Opposites Attract: Large and Small Company Perspectives on Overcoming Obstacles to Get the Deal Done

Small and mid-size R&D companies often have great ideas but not the resources to bring those ideas to market. Established companies interested in working with smaller companies often have a...
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Maureen Toohey
Maureen Toohey
Timothy Oyer
Timothy Oyer
Robert Jung
Robert Jung
Greg Ikomen
Greg Ikomen

Track 3: Strategic Innovations in Academia

Different from the traditional government-funded and corporate-sponsored research models, we are witnessing novel innovation models in academia, combining government, corporate, and financial market resources in various ways.  Examples such as...
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Charles Sodini
Charles Sodini
Tony Raven
Tony Raven
Qinxian Jin
Qinxian Jin
David Ai
David Ai

Track 4: Fireside Chat with Blockstack: High Tech Sector’s Deal of Distinction Award Recipient

The High-Tech Sector selected Blockstack’s $50 Million Token Pre-sale as its Deal of Distinction (DoD) for 2018. Founded in 2013, Blockstack has been building a decentralized blockchain architecture for publishing on...
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Elizabeth Thys
Elizabeth Thys
Efrat Kasznik
Efrat Kasznik

Track 5: 2018 Life Sciences Partnering Performance and Reputation Survey Results and Panel Discussion

The Partnering Performance and Reputation Survey (PPRS) provides perspectives from the partners of twenty leading pharmaceutical companies regarding the reputation and performance of those large organizations. This program was conducted during...
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James A. McGee, CLP
James A. McGee, CLP
Lizabeth Leveille
Lizabeth Leveille

VIP Sponsors & Exhibitor Appreciation Toast

(invitation only) Join LES Leadership in a special VIP Toast to thank all of our Annual Meeting Sponsors and Exhibitors.  Thank you for your continued support.

Women in Licensing Mixer & Guided Networking Event

(Open to all registered attendees) Join Women in Licensing at its first mixer and networking event. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvre & drinks and participate at our guided networking program for...
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LES Supper Club and Frank Barnes Mentor Award Celebration

We are rebranding Monday evening’s event to a “not so Gala” night of great food, music and as always the best networking in the industry! Join us at the LES...
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Fun Run

Running enthusiasts kick off your morning with a the LES Fun Run through the streets of Boston. Meet in the lobby of the Marriott Copley Place for course details.

Track 1: 2038: Long-Term Insight into the Future of the Licensing Practice

What lies ahead for the future of the licensing and IP practice? Will the use of emerging technologies using artificial intelligence disrupt the licensing practice? How these new tools will...
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Jacob Rosen
Jacob Rosen
Shayne Phillips
Shayne Phillips
Todd Krieger
Todd Krieger
Frank Gerratana
Frank Gerratana
Vincent Bergeron
Vincent Bergeron

Track 2: Best Practices in License Portfolio Management: Assuring Receipt of Full Value

Compliance programs help ensure that licensed IP is being exploited by licensees to its fullest earning potential. Further, institutional leadership expects us to have an effective compliance program to safeguard...
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Debora Stewart
Debora Stewart
Jeffrey Sears
Jeffrey Sears
Brian Satterley
Brian Satterley
Steven Ferguson
Steven Ferguson

Track 3: Beyond “Deals of Distinction”: Lessons Learned and Best Practices: What happened after the ink was dry?

Seasoned deal-making professionals recognize that the success of the deal is based on what happens “after the ink is dry”.  In the execution, many situations, scenarios and issues surface that...
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Eric Risser
Eric Risser
James A. McCarthy, CLP
Jim McCarthy
Philippe Lopes-Fernandes
Philippe Lopes-Fernandes
Michael Dombeck
Michael Dombeck
Julia Chapman
Julia Chapman
Edgardo Baracchini
Edgardo Baracchini

Track 4: Navigating Standard Essential Patents Issues Through International Waters

This panel will focus on how courts and agencies worldwide have been handling standard essential patents (SEP) and determining fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) royalty rates.  The panel will discuss...
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David W. Long
David W. Long
Stephen Kabakoff
Stephen Kabakoff
Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson
John Dubiansky
John Dubiansky

Track 5: Zen, Patents, and Open Source: Balancing the Viewpoints of Licensors and Licensees

A new twist has recently entered the debate about how patents and open source interact and whether the two principles are compatible with each other or not. Some thought leaders...
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Dave Marr
Dave Marr
Van Lindberg
Van Lindberg
Giovanna Fessenden
Giovanna Fessenden
Daniel Dardani
Daniel Dardani

Power Networking One-on-One

*schedule appointments using the Official Meeting app*

Chairman’s Luncheon

Keynote address: “Negotiating the Impossible” Featuring Deepak Malhotra, Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Deepak Malhotra

Track 1: When “Not” Becomes Hot: Big Pharma’s Evolving Shopping List

The past 6 months has seen 3 deals (Gilead/Kite, Celgene/Juno and Novartis/AveXis ) collectively worth nearly $30 billion to sellers.   The total value of just these three transactions is more...
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Ed Saltzman
Ed Saltzman

Track 2: Maximizing IP Value and Minimizing IP Risk in M&A Transactions

Intangible assets generally, and intellectual capital in particular, have assumed an increasingly important role in the sourcing, negotiation, pricing and execution of complex corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, technology and product...
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Joseph Yang
Joseph Yang
Nader Moussavi
Nader Moussavi
Ian McClure
Ian McClure
Ron Laurie
Ron Laurie
John Carney
John Carney

Track 3: Driving Consumer Product Value through Innovation and Licensing

In today’s complex and competitive landscape, more than 2,000 licensed brands and even more products compete for licensees, consumer attention, and distribution across a narrowing field of retail channels.  Employing...
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Steve Silvey
Steve Silvey
Justin Lewis
Justin Lewis
Ted Curtin
Ted Curtin
Liren Chen
Liren Chen
Bryony Bouyer
Bryony Bouyer

Track 4: Data Sharing + Licensing Agreements: Partnerships Across Sectors

The ubiquity of data in commerce across sectors has raised awareness around challenges and opportunities surrounding data sharing. Moreover, there is an increasing need for harmonization in data sharing practices...
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Soody Tronson
Soody Tronson
Tony Orsini
Tony Orsini
Meredith Lee
Meredith Lee
Mahesh Dodani
Mahesh Dodani

Power Networking One-on-One

*schedule appointments using the Official Meeting app*

Track 1: What is Big Data and Why Does It Matter?

The world has become excited about big data and advanced analytics because the potential for impact is big.  Although there are successful examples of companies such as Amazon and Google, where...
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Merav Yuravlivker
Merav Yuravlivker
Brandy Freitas
Brandy Freitas

Track 2: Immuno-Oncology’s Promise & Peril: The Embarrassment of IO Riches & Implications to Investment, Clinical Development, and Deal-Making

As immuno-oncology (IO) continues to be at the forefront of efforts to improve outcomes in cancer, offering the possibility of a functional cure in selected cancers and patients, BioPharma companies...
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Ben Hoffman
Ben Hoffman
Jeff Bockman
Jeff Bockman

Track 3: IP Issues in Strategic Alliances, Joint Ventures, and Joint Development

You can’t do it alone. Corporations need 3rd party partners such as Universities to develop and commercialize intellectual property. But no marriage or partnership is perfect. This panel will cover...
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Christopher Turoski
Christopher Turoski
Teresa LaVoie
Teresa LaVoie

Track 4: Blockchain: Early Stage Technology Valuation in a Media Hyped Market

From the price of cryptocurrency valuations to claims that distributed ledger technology will affect seemingly every industry, blockchain technology has pervaded media headlines over the past year. Nevertheless, the market...
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Efrat Kasznik
Efrat Kasznik
Nick Baciu

2019 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

(Open to all registered attendees)

Track 1: Madey, Myriad, Mayo, and Mohawk Tribe: Understanding court decisions that have shaped technology transfer and academic licensing.

This session will focus on some particularly interesting court cases across a breadth of issues and the expert panel will discuss ways to be proactive in avoiding potential problems. Come armed...
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Karthika Perumal
Karthika Perumal
RK Narayanan
RK Narayanan
Vlad Drozdoff
Vlad Drozdoff

Track 2: Intellectual Property Licensing in the Shadow of Bankruptcy

Patent, copyright and trademark licenses are long term contracts that often involve substantial upfront payments and credit risk.  This panel will provide a basic overview of the treatment of intellectual...
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James Wilton
James Wilton
Michael Sexton
Michael Sexton
Lee Harrington
Lee Harrington

Track 3: Business of Intellectual Property and the Supply Chain

Supply chain management represents a real challenge for any company, particularly in the global environment. Intellectual protection is one of the many critical factors that requires methodical managing in our...
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Douglas Graham
Douglas Graham
Tiefei Dong
Tiefei Dong
Albert Wai-Kit Chan
Albert Wai-Kit Chan
Robert Alderson
Robert Alderson

Track 5: Managing Cross Border IP Enforcement: Hot Topic Issues in the United States, Canada and Europe

This workshop will provide attendees with insight into the most current cross border intellectual property issues and the ways in which they are being managed by Courts and regulatory authorities...
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James Sobieraj
James Sobieraj
Kevin Schubert
Kevin Schubert
Timothy Lowman
Timothy Lowman
Seth Berman

Cocktails and Committees Happy Hour

(Open to all registered attendees) Looking for a new way to volunteer your professional expertise with LES members? Grab your favorite cocktail and head to the committee meeting of your choice....
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Sector Crawl: Inter-Sector Cocktail Tasting Competition and Sector Feud Game

(Open to all registered attendees) An evening of sector cocktail competitions, food, and the opportunity to play “Sector Feud” is waiting for you.  Sectors and committees organize into teams and...
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IP Protection in the Blockchain Industry

The discussion will examine how various entities operating in the blockchain ecosystem approach IP rights.  The panel will provide perspectives from cryptocurrency developers and exchanges, as well as from the...
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Alex Lee
Ian DiBernardo
Ian DiBernardo

Power Networking One-on-One

*schedule appointments using the Official Meeting app*

Track 1: Top 10 Court Decisions of 2018 Affecting Licensing

This workshop will identify and discuss the Top 10 Court Decisions of the past 12 months affecting licensing. But for 1 year when he was unable to attend the LES...
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Russell Levine
Russell Levine

Track 2: LSS- Getting my product/technology reviewed by Big Pharma

It can be daunting figuring out how to get your product/technology to the right people for review in a company (particularly Big Pharma).   Leaders from 4 Big Pharma’s will discuss...
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Marc Schwabish, PhD
Marc Schwabish, PhD
Kia Motesharei
Kia Motesharei
Matthew Moore
Matthew Moore
Robert Bagdorf
Robert Bagdorf

Track 3: Recent Developments & Best Practices in Determining Patent Damages

Determining patent damages has become increasingly complex in recent years, as a series of Federal Circuit have ultimately raised the level of complexity and uncertainty in determining what the potential...
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Joel Wacek
Joel Wacek
Nathan Speed
Nathan Speed
Heather Repicky
Heather Repicky
Eric Kaviar
Eric Kaviar

Track 4: Identifying Emerging Technologies via Data and IP Analytics

Emerging technologies are of great interest to a wide range of stakeholders, including corporations, investors and governmental agencies. From an IP perspective, the ability to identify and protect emerging technologies...
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Patrick Thomas
Patrick Thomas
Nicholas Pioch
Nicholas Pioch
Melissa Flagg
Melissa Flagg
Beachkofski
Brian Beachkofski

High Technology Sector Business Meeting & Luncheon

Value IP Assets Using Market Data from High Tech Royalty Surveys Royalty determination and IP valuation can be very challenging; and among the most challenging tasks is to find the...
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Jack Lu, PhD, CFA
Jack Lu, PhD, CFA
Bob Held, CLP
Bob Held, CLP

Track 1: Ethics in Negotiation

“Ethics in Negotiations” gives an overview of the ABA Model Rules and best practices that apply to negotiations in intellectual property transactions, including licensing deals and litigation settlements.  The panel...
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Roberta Tassinari
Roberta Tassinari
Danielle Healey
Danielle Healey
Don Drinkwater
Don Drinkwater
Brett Cooper
Brett Cooper

Track 2: Cross- Cross-Functional Collaboration to Protect IP in the Supply Chain

Effective IP protection in the supply chain cannot rely solely on contracts. This interactive session will focus on establishing cross-functional collaboration to improve IP protection. The moderators will introduce the...
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Craig Moss
Craig Moss
Robin Corwin
Robin Corwin

Track 3: Career Paths for Dealmakers: A Ladder or a Jungle Gym?

Join us for this interactive career development forum for professionals (lawyers, business development, etc.) engaged in all aspects of supporting licensing, M&A, and collaborative deal-making.  The forum will inspire you...
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Mary Wu
Mary Wu
Stewart Hirsch
Stewart Hirsch
Glen Gardner
Glen Gardner
Kerry Flynn, CLP
Kerry Flynn, CLP
Gillian Fenton, CLP
Gillian Fenton, CLP
Deborah Ben-Canaan
Deborah Ben-Canaan

Chapter Leadership Training

Designed for new and transitioning Chapter leaders and volunteers.  Join your fellow Chapter volunteer leaders in this annual renewal training and discussion of best practices in local chapter growth and...
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Closing Networking Reception

Join us in closing out this year’s meeting as we look forward to celebrating the 2019 Annual Meeting in Phoenix Arizona.  Special early bird registration and sponsorship opportunities will be...
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CLP Exam Review Course

This one-day review course and CLP helps professionals prepare for the CLP exam. Taught by experienced CLP certified LES members, the emphasis of the course is on the eight CLP...
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Jeff Whittle
Jeffrey S. Whittle, CLP
Paul Stewart, CLP
Paul Stewart, CLP
Krista Holt
Krista F. Holt CLP