LES Britain & Ireland are going to Glasgow in November 2020!

We are thrilled to announce that the 2020 Annual Conference will take place in Glasgow on Tuesday, 3rd November.

The theme of this year’s annual meeting is ‘Becoming Investor Ready in a Time of Change‘. Whilst not exclusive, the meeting will target a mix of themes relevant to life sciences, pharma and fintech companies all being industries with a thriving start-up/SME community in Scotland.

The conference will cover topics including IP ownership and positioning for investment, IP risk management as well as commercialisation and licensing transactions.

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Prior to the Annual Conference, we will be running the LES100 Training Course on Monday, 2nd November.

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 modules. Lunch is included.

Instructors

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

*Registration link at the top of the page includes the LES100 Training Course*

Further details on both events will shortly be announced!