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LES B&I Young Members Webinar: Licensing Q&A

Date: July 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online via Zoom

In anticipation of the LES100 Training Course later this year (November 2020), our Young Members’ Co-Chairs have organised a lunchtime webinar that aims to answer your questions on the licensing of intellectual property (IP).

The webinar also follows the recent publication of the IP Licensing Business Briefing by LESI, which was co-authored by Alfred Chaouat, Adam Coughlin, Eszter Szakács and Anke Nestler.  This publication, as well as the associated business briefings on IP Valuation and IP Management, can be found at: https://www.lesi.org/publications/business-briefings.

A panel of experts from a range of fields has been assembled, and they will be tasked with answering questions submitted by attendees on all areas of licensing.

Our question is: what do you want to know about IP licensing?

The session is aimed at:

-SMEs and entrepreneurs wanting an introduction to licensing IP;

-people who are new to, or considering a career in, licensing;

-businesses seeking guidance on identifying IP assets, and exploiting/monetising IP assets;

-practitioners (patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and lawyers) looking to build upon their licensing knowledge; and

-students interested in learning the basics of IP and how commercialisation through licensing works.

What will the webinar cover?
That is up to you! Submit your questions in advance of the webinar, and (once moderated) the panel will hopefully address all of the questions asked.

When you have confirmed your attendance at the event, please send the questions you would like to ask to les@northernnetworking.co.uk (for the attention of Rose Smalley and Adam Coughlin) by 1 July 2020.


-Dr Kevin Nachtrab
Senior IP Attorney, Johnson & Johnson

-Dr Hayley French
Chief Executive Officer, Apitope International

-Colin Hunsley
Director, Inspired Licensing

-Simon Chalkley
Commercial IP Lawyer and Partner, Keystone Law

Read more about the panelists here.


LES Members – Free

Non Members – £40

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LES B&I “Legal Trends Impacting Commercial IP Transactions” POSTPONED

Date: April 1, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Womble Bond Dickinson LLP (4 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AU)



Join us for a seminar discussing the latest trends in the legal industry.  Our expert speakers will examine hot topics and provide practical, easy-to-digest, guidance.  The seminar will cover a range of areas, including the world of IP insurance, brand collaborations, global patent trends, the copyright implications of the Cofemel case and a quick round-up of recent contractual case law.


– David Bloom (IP Specialist, Safeguard iP)
David will cover recent developments in the IP insurance market, including the wide range of exposures that IP insurance can cover, how the policies operate in practice and how much they cost.  In particular, David will look at how insurance can mitigate exposures arising under IP warranties and indemnities given by both licensors and sellers of IP.
– Malcolm Dowden (Legal Director, Womble Bond Dickinson)
Malcolm will give a ‘whistle-stop’ tour through recent developments in the law involving contract formation, contractual interpretation, good faith, rectification, force majeure (and Brexit), material breaches, damages, and exclusions and
limitations of liability.
– Catriona Hammer (IP Consultant & Immediate Past President of Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys)
Catriona will provide a global overview of the latest patent trends.
– Abigail Wise (Senior Associate and Trade Mark Attorney, Bristows LLP)
Abbie will take a look at the growing trend of brand collaborations, including: the benefits and pitfalls; thinking “outside the box”; and the key to making successful partnerships.
– Sara Ashby (Partner, Wiggin LLP)
Sara will highlight the key ‘take home’ messages from the COFEMEL decision and consider how developments in the law may impact existing and future licensing transactions involving subject matter which, pre recent CJEU case law, have previously been considered only to be protected by registered and unregistered design rights.


LES Member – £35

LES Member Guest – £55
(must register with LES Member)

Non Member – £100


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LES B&I Irish Chapter “Data as a Strategic Commercial Asset”

Date: February 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Pinsent Masons (1 Windmill Lane, Dublin 2, D02 F206, Ireland)

It is said that data is the new currency of the information society but how do you make it pay?

There is no specific EU legislation that regulates ownership of data and currently no real consensus on how to regulate it; different industry sectors have different views how to do this.

In terms of unlocking data’s potential, a planned and formal data strategy is important.

In this panel session we will explore some of the strategies companies are using to successfully exploit data and discuss the legal and commercial aspects of an effective data strategy; compliance, contracts and collaboration – the three Cs.

Please do join us for what is likely to be a lively discussion led by a team of expert panellists!


Cerys Wyn Davies – Partner, Pinsent Masons (Moderator)

Cameron Ross Dunne – Director of IP Management, Openet

Dr Alison Orr – Business Development Manager, Inngot

Mark Marfé – Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons

View the Full Programme here.


LES Member  – €20

LES Member Guest – €20
(must register with LES Member)

Non Member – €40

We are thrilled to offer a discount to Non Members wanting to join LES! Please contact the LES B&I Admin Office to receive €20 off your 2020 membership!




Date: January 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Lewis Silkin LLP (5 Chancery Lane, Clifford's Inn, London, EC4A 1BL)

London Evening Seminar

Speaker: Chris Ryan, Formerly Head of IP at Norton Rose Fulbright

Chris Ryan was the instructing solicitor in the case of Shanks v. Unilever before the Supreme Court acting for the former employee in Unilever’s research department who successfully argued that he was entitled to compensation as a result of the invention he had devised while in their employ.

Chris will provide knowledge and experience gained from working on the claimant’s legal team in this interesting and seminal case which resulted in the Supreme Court overturning judgments of all of the earlier courts and tribunals. Chris will also opine on the subsequent legislative changes.  The case received general as well as specialist media attention – even being commented upon in Private Eye and the Victoria Darbyshire Show.

LES Member  – £30

LES Member Guest – £40
(must register with LES Member)

Non Member – £50

LES B&I and One Nucleus Joint Genesis Fringe Event

Date: December 10, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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.

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

Date: October 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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!