Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting: Sept. 26-29

The following information is reproduced from a press release issued by the Licensing Executives Society:

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2010–Over one thousand of the world’s leading intellectual property (IP), licensing and business development professionals will gather for the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc., Annual Meeting at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers September 26-29. Themed “Deals, Deals and more Deals” the meeting will focus on the critical role IP plays in today’s most successful business strategies and will explore ways to leverage IP to maximize deal-making and profitability.

 “The LES Annual Meeting is the premier meeting of the year for IP and business development leaders who are looking for a rich mix of state-of-the-art professional education along with unique opportunities for small-group information sharing, dynamic power networking and deal making,” said LES Annual Meeting Chair Ted Cross.

Attendees will be able to tailor the meeting to suit their needs by attending interactive plenary discussions and selecting from over 50 workshops designed to focus not only on issues that are timely and relevant to individual industry sectors, but that also encourage cross-sector discussions.

Plenary Highlights

The SuperFreakonomics of IP Licensing “Do Patents Slow Innovation?” – Steven Levitt, co-author of the New York Times best-seller Freakonomics and its recent follow-up SuperFreakonomics, will present a keynote address on the unintended impact of the patent system on innovation. He will also discuss his groundbreaking research on the effects of incentives on economics and market behavior as they relate to innovation. A book signing will follow Mr. Levitt’s presentation

Is the U.S. Patent System Under Siege: Congress, the PTO, the FTC and the Supreme Court. – The Honorable Judge Paul Michel, retired Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will look at the many challenges facing the U.S. patent system including the reform legislation currently pending in Congress, the USPTO’s efforts to reduce backlogs and improve the quality of issued patents, and increased scrutiny by the Supreme Court and FTC. 

IP as a National Responsibility: A Global Outlook for Strategies, Policies and Laws.  – Economist and Former Vice Presidential Candidate Pat Choate, will join John Whealan, Associate Dean of Intellectual Property Law at George Washington University Law School and Suzanne Michel, Deputy Director of FTC’s Office of Policy Planning to discuss how the United States, Europe, Asia and developing countries might leverage IP to secure future wealth and what this could mean for commercial collaboration across national boundaries.

 IP100 Recap: IP Hot Topics 2010.Over the course of 2010, LES has hosted innovative IP100 forums comprised of high-level IP leaders who have analyzed several hot IP topics. This panel will revisit the topics, review previous findings and discuss what we’ ve learned from the world-class IP100 panels about best practices in licensing. Key take-away’s will be included in a white paper available after the meeting for attendees.

 In addition to the program highlights, attendees will enjoy unique networking opportunities, online access to the attendance lists and session presentations and handouts. There will also be a Tech Fair showcasing new and innovative products and services.

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