LES Britain & Ireland Upcoming Events

2024 Annual Conference

Date: June 5, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Pinsent Masons London Office
Conference | London

LES Britain & Ireland are thrilled to announce that the 2024 Annual Conference will take place in LONDON in June!

THE JOURNEY TO COMMERCIALISATION

Whatever the size of your organisation, bringing new products to the market or entering new markets can be challenging. Obstacles range from protecting your own intellectual property and navigating around that of others, to finding the right collaboration partner and getting finances in place.

At the 2024 Annual Conference, LES B&I will bring those with an interest in licensing and intellectual property together to share experiences and thoughts on how to face the challenges and make the journey to commercialisation run smoothly.

We would like to hear from you with ideas for topics you would like to be discussed and if you are interested in providing a talk or participating in a panel discussion then even better! Please contact the Admin Office (les@northernnetworking.co.uk) with your proposals by 26 February.

More conference details coming!

LES100 Training Course

Date: June 6, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Pinsent Masons London Office
London | Training

The LES100 Training Course will be taking place in LONDON on Thursday, 6 June 2024!

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.

The course will provide an overview of intellectual property and licensing, divided into five modules, with examples, exercises, and interaction between instructors and fellow students including a mock licensing negotiation.

It is 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.

What does the course cover?
An overview of IP and IP Licensing, divided into five Modules, with examples, exercises and interaction between instructors and fellow students in each Module:

Module 1: Introduction & IP Basics: This Module introduces, defines and gives examples of the different types of IP including patents, trademarks, copyright, designs and trade secrets in the context of commercialisation.

Module 2: Basics of IP Commercialisation & Licensing: Introduction to Licensing, including reasons for licensing, description of licensing agreements, infringement, competition law, and relationship-building.

Module 3: Determining Reasonable Licence Fees & Royalty Rates: This Module talks about risks and rewards, different valuation methods (Market, Financial, Cost) and their pros and cons, together with royalty structures.

Module 4: Managing Risks: Identify the different kinds of risk and how to manage them, i.e. confidentiality, infringement, liability, collection of royalties and other fees.

Module 5: Licensing Game: Students put into practice what they have learned by dividing into licensee and licensor teams that then discuss and negotiate terms on a licensing case study. At the end of the sessions all teams report their results and reasoning.

How long is the course?
One full day. Modules 1,2 and 3 are presented in the morning, and Modules 4 and 5 in the afternoon. Module 5, with its negotiating and reporting sessions, is the longest of the five. Lunch is included.

Instructors.
LES100, as with all LES courses, is taught by LES volunteers who are active practitioners in their fields.

More details coming soon!

The LES B&I 2024 Annual Conference will be held on Wednesday, 5 June. Click HERE for full details.

LES Britain & Ireland Past Events

LESI “Ask Me Anything” Session with LES Britain & Ireland

Date: January 18, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Online

Are you involved in global licensing? Do you try to keep track of what’s happening in the IP and licensing world? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then our new series of 90-minute webinars is just for you!

LESI, in conjunction with LES Britain & Ireland, LES Andean Community and LES Singapore, is delighted to announce the next in their series of “ask me anything” sessions . You will hear from speakers in Britain & Ireland on what’s current in their patent and licensing world and also have the opportunity to ask questions and join interactive discussions with other attendees.

Moderator: Graham Johnson – Partner at Appleyard Lees IP LLP

Speakers: Patrick Cantrill, General Counsel at Getech Group PLC – “Technology licensing – a checklist for striking deals with larger players”

Dai Davis, Solicitor and Chartered Engineer Partner at Percy Crow Davis & Co. – “IP, Brexit and Licensing: some high level issues now the dust has settled”

Tom Gaunt, Partner and Head of Intellectual Propery at Lewis Silkin LLP – “The Unitary Patent and the UPC a few months in and the mood music from the UK”

Read about the Speakers and their topics here!

NOTES & TERMS OF PARTICIPATION: To participate, attendees need to read and agree to the terms in the disclaimer and respond yes or no on the registration form. The disclaimer can be found here.

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Trade Secrets vs. Patents – How to Optimise ROI for your hard earned innovation

Date: January 16, 2024
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Withers & Rogers, 2 London Bridge, London, SE1 9RA

When considering the cost of patent filing strategies, a trade secret programme might initially look very favourable. But is it? We bring together a panel of expert practitioners to consider the relative return on investment (ROI) of the seemingly mutually exclusive strategies of trade secret and patent protection, and the considerations which should be applied better to optimise financial return on the innovation.

The panel will be chaired by Dr Karl Barnfather, Senior Patent Practitioner at Withers & Rogers LLP, and he will be joined by speakers:

  • Jennifer Burdman, Chief IP Officer at Valo Health in Boston
  • Nigel Swycher, CEO and founder of Cipher (recently acquired by LexisNexis)
  • Dai Davis, Solicitor and Chartered Engineer at Percy Crow Davis & Co.

Find Out More about the Speakers Here!

LES Member – FREE

Non Member – £20

Non Member Group Rate (up to 5 people) – £50

 

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LES B&I Scotland Committee “Ooni – The Story So Far…”

Date: November 23, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Trustpilot Office (1st Floor, 10 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF)
Scotland

Please join us for the 3rd Scottish LES event of the year.

We are delighted to be joined by Ooni. Kristian Tapaninaho and Christie McCluskey will take us through the journey of Ooni so far.  Taking us back to Kristian’s initial idea and how the technology and brand have achieved global sucess.  They will also cover what the future looks like for Ooni.

Kristian invented the world’s first portable wood-fired oven in 2012 and since then, he has gone on to build world-class product and a world-class team at Ooni.  He will be joined by Christie McCluskey who is the General Counsel at Ooni. Christie joined Ooni in March 2022 to set up Ooni’s in-house legal team.  Christie has worked with big brands in the past. Having previously worked with the global marketing teams and the engineers at William Grants & Sons she is passionate about innovation and building a strong brand.

 

LES Member – FREE

Non Member – £20

Non Member Group Rate (up to 5 people) – £50

 

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LES B&I YMC Conference

Date: September 14, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Lewis Silkin (Arbor Building, 255 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 9AX)

Join LES B&I for our YMC Conference where panellists and contributors will discuss a wide range of topics which we are expecting will impact the protection and licensing of intellectual property for years to come.

You will hear from the Intellectual Property Office on its “One IPO Transformation” project, look at how the Unified Patent Court could impact licensing (and litigation) in Britain and Ireland, and consider developing hot topics such as global licensing structures and (of course) the metaverse!

It will be a great opportunity to meet, share experiences and hopefully learn something new!

 

View the Preliminary Programme & Speaker Bios

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Lee McNeil – Founder, Tebex Limited

Session speakers include:

– Jeremy Blum – Partner, Bristows
– Charlie Rogers – Head of Television, PPL
– Michael Williams – Senior Legal & Business Affairs Executive, PPL
– Dave Holt – IP Solicitor, Potter Clarkson
– John Surgue – Senior Associate, William Fry
– Simeon Bowen – Communications Lead (Transformation), UK IPO
– Tom Gaunt – Partner (Head of IP), Lewis Silkin
– Francesca Rivers – Senior Solicitor, Cancer Research Horizons
– Samantha Williams – Licensing Manager, Trinity College Dublin
– Plus more to be announced soon!

 

LES Member – £30

LES Member Guest (must register with LES Member) – £50

Non Member – £80

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Interested in a discounted group rate? Please contact les@northernnetworking.co.uk for further information.

LES B&I Scotland Committee “How to Tackle Lookalikes”

Date: June 13, 2023
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Burness Paull Office (50 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, EH3 9WJ)

LES Britain & Ireland’s Scotland Committee are thrilled to announce their 2nd event of 2023 taking place in EDINBURGH on 13 June!

SPEAKER: Geoff Steward, IA Director, Stobbs

Geoff Steward is a trial lawyer with over twenty-five years’ experience and has long been recognised in Chambers and Legal 500 as a leading individual for IP disputes. He joined Stobbs in 2018 after being a partner and head of the IP group at leading London firm, Macfarlanes.

He has handled IP disputes for some of the leading brands of the world, including Budweiser, Nike, Pernod Ricard and various Formula One teams. His expertise includes disputes relating to trade marks, passing off, copyright, designs (registered and unregistered), database rights, data protection, breach of confidence and anti-trust. As well as undertaking pure IP claims, Geoff has acted on a broad range of contractual disputes relating to brand protection and brand monetisation such as licensing, franchising, manufacturing, supply and distribution. He has acted for clients in industries as diverse as retail, publishing,  television, sports (soccer, cycling, golf and Formula One), food and drink; automotive and aviation.

Geoff will discuss the following:

  • Sleight of hand by the supermarkets
  • The fixed action patterns at work
  • No need for costly confusion evidence
  • What is the unfair advantage?
  • How is it proved?
  • The best registration strategy

 

LES Member – FREE

Non Member – £20

Non Member Group Rate (up to 5 people) – £50

 

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2023 Annual Conference

Date: June 2, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Trinity Conference Centre

LES Britain & Ireland are thrilled to announce that the 2023 Annual Conference will take place in DUBLIN this June!

EMBRACING EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Licensing has over the years proved to be an effective tool for the sharing of knowledge and the opening up of new markets and sectors.

The LES Britain & Ireland Annual Conference will, with a roster of experts in the field, explain how through licensing and collaboration it is possible to meet the challenges posed by a technology revolution in diverse areas such as the green economy, artificial intelligence, life sciences, university spin-outs and much more.

Click here for further Conference details.

The Conference will be followed by a 3-course dinner.

On Thurday, 1 June there will be a full-day LES100 Training Course, “Commercialising IP through the Power of Licensing”. Find out more here.

REGISTER HERE

See you in Dublin!

LES100 Training Course

Date: June 1, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Trinity Conference Centre

The LES100 Training Course will be taking place in DUBLIN on Thursday, 1 June 2023!

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.

The course will provide an overview of intellectual property and licensing, divided into five modules, with examples, exercises, and interaction between instructors and fellow students including a mock licensing negotiation.

It is 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.

What does the course cover?
An overview of IP and IP Licensing, divided into five Modules, with examples, exercises and interaction between instructors and fellow students in each Module:

Module 1: Introduction & IP Basics: This Module introduces, defines and gives examples of the different types of IP including patents, trademarks, copyright, designs and trade secrets in the context of commercialisation.

Module 2: Basics of IP Commercialisation & Licensing: Introduction to Licensing, including reasons for licensing, description of licensing agreements, infringement, competition law, and relationship-building.

Module 3: Determining Reasonable Licence Fees & Royalty Rates: This Module talks about risks and rewards, different valuation methods (Market, Financial, Cost) and their pros and cons, together with royalty structures.

Module 4: Managing Risks: Identify the different kinds of risk and how to manage them, i.e. confidentiality, infringement, liability, collection of royalties and other fees.

Module 5: Licensing Game: Students put into practice what they have learned by dividing into licensee and licensor teams that then discuss and negotiate terms on a licensing case study. At the end of the sessions all teams report their results and reasoning.

How long is the course?
One full day. Modules 1,2 and 3 are presented in the morning, and Modules 4 and 5 in the afternoon. Module 5, with its negotiating and reporting sessions, is the longest of the five. Lunch is included.

Instructors.
LES100, as with all LES courses, is taught by LES volunteers who are active practitioners in their fields.

LES Member – €215

Student – €150

Non Member – €325

 

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The LES B&I 2023 Annual Conference will be held on Friday, 2 June. Click HERE for full details.

LES B&I Scotland Committee “Trustpilot – the journey, building the brand and challenges faced”

Date: February 23, 2023
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Trustpilot, 10 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF
Scotland

The first LES B&I event of 2023 is being hosted by Trustpilot, a new LES member, in their 10 George Street, Edinburgh office on Thursday 23 February.

Some of the Trustpilot team: Anoop Joshi, Graeme Di Rollo and Max Sjoblom will discuss their brand story and the challenges they face in protecting the Trustpilot brand.

This is our first face to face LES Scotland meeting in over 3 years and we are delighted that Trustpilot have agreed to sponsor this event.

We look forward to seeing many of you there.

LES Member – FREE

Non Member – £20

Non Member Group Rate (up to 5 people) – £50

 

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LES100 Training Course

Date: October 11, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: CIPA Office, London
London | Training

The LES100 Training Course will be taking place in LONDON on Tuesday, 11 October 2022!

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.

The course will provide an overview of intellectual property and licensing, divided into five modules, with examples, exercises, and interaction between instructors and fellow students including a mock licensing negotiation.

It is 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.

What does the course cover?
An overview of IP and IP Licensing, divided into five Modules, with examples, exercises and interaction between instructors and fellow students in each Module:

Module 1: Introduction & IP Basics: This Module introduces, defines and gives examples of the different types of IP including patents, trademarks, copyright, designs and trade secrets in the context of commercialisation.

Module 2: Basics of IP Commercialisation & Licensing: Introduction to Licensing, including reasons for licensing, description of licensing agreements, infringement, competition law, and relationship-building.

Module 3: Determining Reasonable Licence Fees & Royalty Rates: This Module talks about risks and rewards, different valuation methods (Market, Financial, Cost) and their pros and cons, together with royalty structures.

Module 4: Managing Risks: Identify the different kinds of risk and how to manage them, i.e. confidentiality, infringement, liability, collection of royalties and other fees.

Module 5: Licensing Game: Students put into practice what they have learned by dividing into licensee and licensor teams that then discuss and negotiate terms on a licensing case study. At the end of the sessions all teams report their results and reasoning.

How long is the course?
One full day. Modules 1,2 and 3 are presented in the morning, and Modules 4 and 5 in the afternoon. Module 5, with its negotiating and reporting sessions, is the longest of the five. Lunch is included.

Instructors.
LES100, as with all LES courses, is taught by LES volunteers who are active practitioners in their fields.

LES/CIPA Member – £175

LES Young Members/Students – £150

Non Members – £275

 

SPECIAL OFFER: 

LES/CIPA Member LES100 Training AND Annual Conference – £275

 

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The LES B&I 2022 Annual Conference will be held on Monday, 10 October. Click HERE for full details.

2022 Annual Conference

Date: October 10, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: The Wesley Euston Hotel, London
Conference | London

LES Britain & Ireland will be holding their 2022 Annual Conference in LONDON this October!

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘LICENSING – ENABLING THE GLOBAL BUSINESS OF IP

Conflicts and challenges over the past few years have exposed cracks in the tenets upon which the concept of the global economy and an international IP system has been assumed.  However, this period of turmoil, not least the response to Covid 19,  has also demonstrated how future opportunities can be forged within a new worldwide framework. Licensing has over the years proved to be an effective tool for the sharing of knowledge and the opening up of new markets and sectors. Therefore, the LES Britain & Ireland Annual Conference will, with a roster of experts in the field, explain how through licensing, the challenges can be met, and the spirit of cooperation reinvigorated.

Click here for further Conference details.

The main conference will be followed by a Drinks Reception.

On Tuesday, 11 October there will be a full-day LES100 Training Course, “Commercialising IP through the Power of Licensing”.

REGISTER HERE

See you in London!