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“Management of Intellectual Assets for Life Sciences Companies”

Date: May 23, 2018

Time: 16:00 to 20:00

Location: Marks & Clerk, 90 Long Acre, London WC2E 9RA


This joint LES and One Nucleus event will look at Intellectual Asset management for life sciences companies focusing on innovation management and strategies. The panellists will share their experience and expertise with respect to the creation, protection, assessment and commercialisation of IP and how to align with the business development strategy.

We have the following confirmed as speakers:

Dr Hayley French – Apitope International N.V.

Will Arends – Marks & Clerk

Mike Gilbert – Marks & Clerk

Alison Dennis – Fieldfisher

Josue Ortiz – ClearViewIP

LES Scotland World IP Day Dinner

Date: April 19, 2018

Time: 18:00 to 21:00

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


LES Scotland Seminar & Meal

LES Scotland invites you to celebrate World IP Day at a dinner themed ‘Women Innovators’.

Speaker: Moya Crawford 
Managing Director, Deep Tek Ltd

Moya Crawford is MD of Deep Tek Ltd, a business focused on implementing innovative technology oil and gas sector, in order to maximise vessel work output subsea.  Moya has been involved in recovering material from some of the world’s most famous wrecks, as well as project managing the design and delivery of multi-million deck-handling equipment contracts, and introducing the world’s first knuckle boom cranes, that use synthetic filament rope.   She will share how her experience at sea, as a salvor, has enabled her to tackle the highly conservative oil and gas sector, and why she believes that combining art, science, engineering and commerce remains the foundation for sustainable growth.

Moya has worked in the marine and offshore world for over thirty years, combining hands-on experience in onsite operations, with positions at executive level. Her core background is the marine salvage industry in the specialist field of deep water cargo recovery, in which she has recovered material from some of the world’s most famous wrecks.   Since the early 1990’s, as Managing Director of Deep Tek Ltd, she has concentrated on taking innovative, in-house technology into  the oil and gas sector.  This has involved setting up a sister-company in Norway, building a technology assurance framework and harnessing leading-edge simulation, in order to create the fertile conditions in which sales of new products and services can be grown .

Moya’s commitment, to both building technology-led business and marine science, underpins her position as the Chairman of SOI Group Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of St Andrews). She is the Chairman of  the Society for Underwater Technology’s International Salvage & Decommissioning Committee. For many years she sat on the Council of the Scottish Association for Marine Science and she currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland.

Manchester LES100 Training Course

Date: April 12, 2018

Time: 09:30 to 17:00

Location: University of Manchester Innovation Centre, 46-48 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9XX

North West

“Commercialising Technology through the Power of Licensing”

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,
  • 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.
  • 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 session 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.

“Cyber Security – Cyber Essentials and the GDPR”

Date: March 27, 2018

Time: 18:00 to 21:00

Location: Sweet Mandarin, 19 Copperas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 1HS

North West

LES B&I North-West Seminar & Meal

Speaker: James Balderstone
Managing Director & Principal Consultant at Lucid Networks
Cyber-attacks are on the rise, and cyber security is the biggest technology issue facing professional services businesses who use IT today. Cyber Essentials is a government backed standard which can defend an organisation against 88% of the most common cyber attacks. This seminar will explore how by increasing organisations’ IT security, through the cyber essentials programme, it can go a long way towards being GDPR compliant.

James Balderstone is Managing Director & Principal Consultant at Lucid Networks, a specialist IT Infrastructure consultancy, based at Manchester Science Park. He has over 19 years’ experience of designing, supporting and delivering IT to the professions. Lucid specialises in managing business critical IT infrastructure, including servers, networks & cloud computing, with a focus on security. Lucid’s clients range from SME’s to large corporate firms. James is a qualified Cyber essentials ACE practitioner. This means he can help organisations become Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certified. He is also a certified GDPR Essentials practitioner. GDPR Essentials is a data protection standard devised to assist organisations in their efforts to comply with the GDPR directive.

“2018 Legal Update Meeting”

Date: March 15, 2018

Time: 13:00 to 18:15

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


Afternoon Seminar & Networking Drinks

We are delighted to be able to host this afternoon seminar at the newly revamped ). We cannot promise premieres but the event does promise a series of interesting topics from excellent speakers on a range of legal issues relevant to everyone in the business of IP and IP transactions.

To view the programme, please click here.


Trevor Cook, Wilmer Hale

Adam Coughlin, Bristows LLP

Antony Craggs, D Young & Co.

Jonathan Moss, Hogarth Chamber

Collete Rawnsley, Wiggin LLP

Claire Smith, Bristows LLP

“Collaborative Product and Service Development, enabled by Licensing – a view from Caterpillar”

Date: February 8, 2018

Time: 18:00 to 20:00

Location: Bristows LLP, 100 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DH


Evening Seminar & Networking Drinks

Speaker: Jo Costura, Intellectual Property Transaction and Technology Licensing Manager EAME, Caterpillar UK

Jo Costura is the Intellectual Property Transaction and Licensing Manager for Caterpillar for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and is based in Peterborough in the UK. A Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of Women’s Engineering Society in the UK, Jo works with Caterpillar engineering teams across the region developing construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives in Caterpillar’s three product segments – Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation.

Working closely with engineers, IP lawyers and patent attorneys, she has responsibility for scoping, defining and negotiating technology development agreements and licenses with external industrial or academic partners related to Intellectual Property rights and technology licensing.

ITMA Spring Conference and Gala Dinner 2016

Start date: March 16, 2016

End date: March 18, 2016

Location: One Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2EJ


CPD: 9 hours (SRA ref. WP/ITMA; BSB ref. 1494)

Full delegate, including conference and socials

Socials only tickets

Wednesday networking drinks reception

Thursday gala dinner