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About LES and Licensing - Who We Are and What We Do

LES is an abbreviation of Licensing Executives Society. LES Britain & Ireland (LES B&I) is one of 32 member societies of the global umbrella organisation LES International (LESI) and is also one of the most active. It is the society for professionals and business people interested in licensing, the transfer of technology, and the commercialisation of intellectual property rights. Members of LES B&I include industry and university executives, scientists, engineers, academics, public officials, accountants, lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, and consultants. The Society provides unique opportunities for multidisciplinary education and networking, locally and globally.

Through regular meetings of council, committees and special interest groups, members of the society are kept abreast of national and European Commission legislative proposals. They can also become involved at international level, and they have the opportunity to contribute to debate on crucial topical issues. By way of example, here are some example submissions which LESI committee members have made on intellectual property matters to the European Commission. St George's University of London has requested our assistance with its research on how intellectual property management and licensing can help the developing world. More details here.

Conferences, regular meetings and special events in London and throughout the regions offer members excellent opportunities to explore licensing-related subjects in depth and to meet fellow practitioners from business and industry, academia and the professions. Much of the society's work and information about licensing people in the news and on the move is reported in NewsXchange, the society's information-packed newsletter. All members are entitled to attend international meetings and local meetings held by LES societies in other countries; they receive the influential international journal Les Nouvelles and they have access to the world-wide membership database. They have their names, contact details and self-entered information about their expertise, qualifications and interests entered on the membership database, which is a valuable business and networking tool. Each year there is an annual international conference. It was hosted by LES B&I in London in June 2011. See the LESI web site. Also, watch the video on Highlights of LESI. A Pan-European conference is held in an attractive European city in each year in which the international conference is held outside Europe. See the European web site.

Applications for membership are very welcome.

Also see Licensing Help, and see About Licensing, About Valuation, and About IP and Statistics. These pages have licensing and IP information and provide access to documents such as a licensing check list and selected links.

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LES B&I is incorporated as Licensing Executives Society Ltd Company No. 01103462. The LES logo is a registered trade mark no 1093803.