Call for Proposals

Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017

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Dear LES Members:

The LES International 2018 Annual Conference Program Committee is now accepting submissions for workshop and mini-plenary session proposals. The LES International 2018 Annual Conference, hosted by LES (U.S.A. & Canada), will be held in San Diego, California from Sunday, April 29 to Wednesday May 2, 2018.

The meeting theme is “Strong IP Drives the Bottom Line.” Some of you have already submitted proposals to the organizing committee. If so, you need not re-submit those proposals. All proposals, both those previously submitted and newly submitted, will be reviewed on a rolling basis. And, as such, the organizing committee encourages you to submit your proposals by COB on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Proposals should include the title of the proposed workshop; the names of the speakers if available; the name of the moderator; and the name and contact information for the organizer (i.e. who the organizing committee should contact with regard to the proposal).

The organizing committee offers the following submission hints for your consideration:

  • Moderators and speakers must be willing to share their firsthand experiences on the topic, so that the audience learns from the experiences of the panelists. Avoid the “sage-on-the-stage”-type session.
  • Where it is not possible or practical to confirm panelists prior to submitting a workshop proposal, please identify prospective speakers and note that they are being considered or have been invited. The organizing committee will work with approved organizers to build out and enhance the workshops.
  • Moderators and speakers from diverse professional settings should be proposed. And each session should have at least one (1) person from an operating company on the panel. Thereafter, the panel may include a representative cross-section of the LES membership. This is including, but not limited to, academia; government; private industry (both large and small); and other organizations representing diverse perspectives (e.g., business development, commercial, licensing, non-profit, regulatory, etc.).
  • There can be only one (1) member of each panel from the same organization.
  • Diversity is strongly encouraged—new topics, speakers from a wide range of countries and industries are welcome (especially from newer or younger members and those who have never spoken at an LES event).
  • The maximum number of panelists for each session is four (4), based on time constraints.

As you consider your proposal, please bear in mind that the sessions are meant to provide knowledge dissemination through discussion and interaction. Sessions are not a venue for speeches or promotional presentations.

We anticipate having sessions/tracks focused on some of the following broad areas of interest to our community:

  • Career Development 
  • Copyright/Trademark
  • Industry-Academia Interactions
  • Legal & Financial Aspects of IP/Deals
  • Licensing Best Practices/Deal Structures
  • Management of IP/Innovation/Collaboration
  • Marketing/Brand Management
  • Software/Open-Source
  • Other sector-specific tracks include: Chemicals; Consumer Products; Electronics/IT/telecommunications; Engineering/Transportation & Physical Sciences; and Environment/Energy/Materials. 

Questions? Contact LES (U.S.A. & Canada) CEO Kim Chotkowski or one of us, per below.


Russell Levine and Claire Driscoll

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