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LES B&I and One Nucleus Joint Genesis Fringe Event

Date: December 10, 2019

Time: 16.00-18.00

Location: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HT


Fireside Chat: The Twelve Days of Christmas…

LES B&I and One Nucleus‘ Fireside Chat “The Twelve Days of Christmas…” will be looking at the most interesting legal decisions and developments that impact on life sciences businesses over the past year.

The event will be followed by LES B&I’s Annual Christmas Drinks at Jamies Tudor Street from 6:30pm onwards. The first one is on us!

LES Members & One Nucleus Members – Free of Charge
Non Members – £50

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LESI & EPO High-Growth Technology Business Conference 2019

Start date: November 4, 2019

End date: November 5, 2019

Time: 09:00-17:00

Location: Dublin


“High-Growth Technology Business Conference 2019 – Boosting your Strategy with Intellectual Property” is the first-ever conference to be jointly organised by the European Patent Office and the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI). Combined with a packed training day, this conference is bound to be of interest.

The event, which will be held in Dublin on 4-5 November 2019, provides a platform for high-growth technology enterprises and others in their innovation ecosystem to learn about business strategy and IP management.

An international team of experienced practitioners will share best practices on how to leverage patents for business success. Panel discussions and breakout sessions will also be offered for two conference tracks: business and intellectual property. Both tracks will also be reflected in the training day format, where experts will offer workshops for smaller groups of participants. In addition, individual coaching will be available in the form of IP clinics.

Click here to read more and register.

“IP Management and Corporate Finance: more of a Science than an Art?”

Date: October 17, 2019

Time: 12:30-13:45

Location: Womble Bond Dickinson (4 More London Riverside, Greater London, UK, SE1 2AU)


We are delighted to welcome André Gorius, former Intellectual Assets Valorisation Director, Solvay (France), to speak.  André is Chair of the LES International IP Valuation Committee with a wealth of practical experience and knowledge in IP valuation.

In this seminar, André will exemplify with his corporate experience on how making the right choices in IP management helps determine and draw the best value out of IP in multinational enterprises through best practices, in agreement with OECD guidelines.

LES Members  – £15
LES Member Guest – £15
(must register with LES Member)

“Challenges & Opportunities in the Commercialisation of the UK Academic Research Base”

Date: October 7, 2019

Time: 17:00-20:00

Location: Nexus Building, University of Leeds, Discovery Way, Leeds, LS2 3AA

North East

Leeds Evening Seminar
Speakers: Dr Adrian Brown & Dr Peter Finan

Itecho Health is a young, dynamic company established to develop digital health applications in chronic (long-term) disease.  Dr Adrian Brown is CEO of Itecho Health and Project Lead. Having qualified with a medical degree from University of Newcastle, Adrian pursued postgraduate work in obstetrics and gynaecology.  During 10 years as a NHS consultant in Public Health in London, he became keenly interested in the commercial application of digital technology to solving health problems and was a lead founder of mHealth futures in April 2014

Founded in Maryland, USA in 2010, Epidarex Capital invests in early stage, high growth companies primarily in the health and life science sectors. It currently has 19 companies in its portfolio. In 2013, it entered the UK and in 2014 unveiled from its Edinburgh base, a new £47.5m fund dedicated to UK start-ups including university spin-outs.  Dr Peter Finan who joined Epidarex Capital as a Venture Partner in 2014, is an alumnus of University of Leeds from which HEI he holds a BSc and PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology respectively. Prior to joining Epidarex, he was Global Head of the Respiratory Disease Area and Site Head for the Novartis Institute of BioMedical Research in the United Kingdom.

Venue: Nexus Building

The University of Leeds has a strong background in commercialisation of the academic research base with an unrelenting focus on collaboration.  As part of this strategy, in the Spring of 2019, it opened on the University’s campus, the Nexus Building a state of the art innovation centre spanning more than  6,000 square metres over six floors.    The Nexus Building aims to bring together a vibrant community of innovators, designers and creators, supported by state-of-the-art facilities as well as a dedicated commercialisation team who will work proactively with businesses to identify and create effective research partnerships.

Young Members Congress 7th Pan-European Event

Date: September 13, 2019

Time: 09:00-17:00

Location: London


Following the success of previous YMC events, this year’s event will have a full one-day agenda covering the most important business related topics in IP and licensing, as well as an exciting evening of celebrations.  The event is timed ideally for those wishing to stay in London for the AIPPI meeting and follows immediately after the 2019 LES Pan European Conference in Madrid (taking place from 10 September to 12 September).

Due to the generosity of the YMC sponsors the event is free to LES members. Non-members can attend for a fee or, alternatively, those based in the UK and Ireland can join LESI Britain and Ireland for the remainder of the subscription year for a reduced price.

Visit the event website here to register and see the full programme.

“Protecting the IRN-BRU Brand”

Date: August 22, 2019

Time: 17:30-21:00

Location: The Citizen (24 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2EU)


Glasgow Young Professionals and LES Scotland are delighted to invite you to a special event and drinks reception at The Citizen, Glasgow, in association with Vialex.

Located on St Vincent Place, The Citizen is a charming spot to enjoy after work drinks. We will have exclusive use of the beautifully designed Macallan Editors Suite to enjoy a presentation by Stephen Taylor, commercial and IP lawyer at A.G. Barr, who will be presenting on Scotland’s best-selling soft drink, IRN-BRU, and protecting that much-loved brand.

Glasgow Young Professionals’ events are a great way to meet new people in the city and build your professional network.  This event is a joint event with LES Scotland, one of 7 regional branches of LES Britain & Ireland, which is a networking group for professionals and business people interested in licensing, the transfer of technology, and the commercialisation of intellectual property rights.

Please join us for a complimentary glass of fizz or refreshing beer and what promises to be an entertaining presentation.

This event is FREE to attend & spaces are limited so register now to avoid disappointment!

2019 Annual Conference & AGM

Date: June 18, 2019

Time: 10:00-17:00

Location: AMBA Hotel Marble Arch (Bryanston Street, London, W1H 7EH)


This year’s Annual Conference will focus on IP Licensing across industries and academia, including key highlights of the latest developments in law together with real case studies from people with many years practical experience.

Presentations will include SEP licensing, Life Sciences deal trends, University Technology Transfer, Patent strategy and restoration and Licence management together with effective auditing.

The main conference will be preceded on  on 17th June by our LES100 Training Course, “Commercialising IP through the power of Licensing”, to be held at the CIPA Office.

LES100 Training Course

Date: June 17, 2019

Time: 10:00-17:00

Location: CIPA Office (2nd Floor, Halton House, 20-23 Holborn, London EC1N 2JD).


One Day Training Course kindly hosted by CIPA

The LES100 Licensing Course will be held on Monday, 17th June 2019 at the CIPA Office 

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:

  • Those who are 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,
  • SMEs who require an introduction to licensing,
  • Entrepreneurs who need to understand the value of their IP,
  • Professors of entrepreneurship and
  • Students interested in learning the basics of Intellectual Property (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.

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

The LES100 Training Course will be followed by the LES B&I 2019 Annual Conference & AGM on Tuesday, 18th June 2019. The conference will be held at the AMBA Hotel Marble Arch.

World IP Day Dinner 2019

Date: April 25, 2019

Time: 18:00-21:00

Location: Amarone Edinburgh (13 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2A


The theme for World IP Day 2019 is Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.

We are delighted to present our key note speaker, David Nichol, who is Head of Legal at Crystal Palace FC.  David will talk about his career to date and how his current role supports Crystal Palace both on and off the pitch.

2019 Legal Update Meeting

Date: March 14, 2019

Time: 14:00-18:00

Location: Vue Cinema Piccadilly (19 Lower Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4LR)


Please join us in the comfort of cinema seats for our popular Annual Legal Update Meeting. As is the focus of this meeting, we will try and bring everyone in the business of IP and IP transactions up-to-speed with a series of talks focussing on what’s new and relevant, delivered by a panel of expert speakers.

Among other things, the panel will:

  • look at developments in contract and licensing law over the past year and how they inform contract drafting
  • take a stock-take of patent litigation over the past 12 months;
  • address the practical application of cases such as Actavis v Lilly, Generics v Teva, Fisher & Paykel v ResMed and more;
  • consider questions such as when is a licence an exclusive licence which has come up in a number of recent cases;
  • look at Swiss Form claims (Warner Lambert v Generics) and Arrow declarations (GSK v Vectura);
  • main impact of changes to trade mark laws following implementation of the latest changes to EU law; look at the big issues in trade marks at the moment and how things may be impacted by Brexit (deal or no-deal) which professionals including transactional lawyers need to know
  • what’s hot in competition law and policy at the moment; the impact of decisions such as Coty and risk areas associated with vertical restraints in licence agreements; and the new geo-blocking regulation
We are thrilled to announce our Speakers:

Contracts – Gina Bicknell, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Patents – Antony Craggs, D Young

Brands – John Colbourn, Wiggin

Competition – Sophie Lawrance, Bristows