We are happy to announce that the 2021 Annual Conference will take place

IN-PERSON in GLASGOW this November!


Keynote Speakers:

No-One is Safe Until Everyone is Safe – the story behind CEPI’s R&D partnerships and  supporting the COVAX Mission  

Emma Wheatley will discuss how CEPI funded academia and industry work from the creation of constructs to the approval of vaccines for emergency use within a year.  The opportunities and challenges of the work taken on in partnership by CEPI, Gavi, WHO and UNICEF for the development, procurement, allocation and deployment of vaccines to the World through COVAX against a background of increasing national concerns, the validation of new technologies and supply shortages.

 Irn-Bru: Protecting a Heritage Brand 

Stephen Taylor, Legal Counsel at AG Barr, will review the interesting history of the iconic Scottish brand, Irn-Bru, and give some insights on their approach to brand protection and licensing. Stephen will also discuss how they have adapted their strategy over the years, particularly in recent times, to deal with modern challenges.

Plus more sessions:

Deal making trends and outlook for the Life sciences industry – The industry has faced a very challenging but interesting time over the last couple of years – how has the industry reacted as a whole and what next for our deal making? [Panel]

Public Support for Start-up Ventures

Commercialisation of the Academic Research Base – Challenges, Learnings, and Initiatives in University Licensing through the Pandemic (and impacts going forward) [Panel]

Agreements to Supply Products in a Time of Shortage

View the Preliminary Programme



Click here for the manual registration form.

The main conference will be preceded on  15 November by our full-day LES100 Training Course, “Commercialising IP through the Power of Licensing”. There will also be a half-day LES workshop on “Copyright – Collective Licensing after the Digital Single Market Directive 2019/790” in the afternoon. Following the LES100 and LES workshop there will be a Civic Reception (kindly hosted by Glasgow City Council) and a Gala Dinner on 15 November for all LES100 and Conference attendees.


LES100 Training Course:

This is the introductory course in the Licensing Executives Society’s Intellectual Asset Management Series and it is designed for those who are relatively new to licensing.

It is specifically aimed at:

  • -SMEs who require an introduction to licensing Intellectual Property (IP),
  • -Those who are new to or considering a career in licensing and technology transfer,
  • -Lawyers and Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys looking for greater familiarity with the business of IP licensing,
  • -Entrepreneurs who need to understand the value of their IP,
  • -Technologists who want to understand how to identify and monetise IP,
  • -Those working in university technology transfer, and
  • -Students interested in learning the basics of IP and how to commercialise IP through licensing.
More information can be found HERE.


LES Afternoon Workshop:

Copyright- Collective Licensing after the Digital Single Market Directive 2019/790 

Back in 2019 before coming P.M., Boris Johnson M.P. tweeted that the European directive No. 2019/790 on ‘Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market’, (the CDSM) was in his view ‘… terrible for the Internet. It’s a classic EU law to help the rich and powerful ….’.  More recently, there has been a series of conflicts between Big Tech and legislators elsewhere seeking to impose reward schemes for online use of content – most notably, in France and Australia.  As from June 2021, the CDSM has been implemented across the European Union and one of its core points of focus is the encouragement of collective licensing along the lines of the management models common in the Nordic countries.

This half-day workshop will explore how effective the emphasis on collective licensing will be and also consider the related issue of the statutory defences laid down in the CDSM allowing for use of content.

Civic Reception and Gala Dinner:

There will also be a Civic Reception (kindly hosted by Glasgow City Council) and a 3-course Gala Dinner at 1599 – the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow for all LES100/Workshop and Conference attendees.

Dinner Guest Speaker: Lindesay Low, Solicitor and Deputy Director Legal Affairs, Scotch Whisky Association

Lindesay will give an informative update on the Scotch Whisky Association and discuss protecting the geographical indication Scotch Whisky and the whisky category. He will also address the challenges and opportunities for the Scotch Whisky industry.


The Radisson Blu Hotel (Conference venue) are offering an incredible rate of £114.00BB single occupancy or £124.00BB double occupancy on 14 November and 15 November.

Please contact the hotel via email or phone 0141 204 3333 and advise that you are attending the LES Conference to receive the discount.




A huge thank you to our Conference sponsors:

Click here to view the Sponsorship Brochure


Please contact les@northernnetworking.co.uk for more information on sponsoring or if you have any questions regarding the Conference/LES100/LES Workshop.