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LES Annual Conference & AGM

23 June 2016 09:00 to 17:00


Explore the role of Patents, Know-how and Licensing in current corporate value creation from Start-Ups to Global Corporations

Thursday 23rd June 2016

Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LR

A range of talks will be presented looking at the importance of digital technologies, open innovation and university partnerships. How licensing trends take their place in managing the range of IP strategies to create value whatever the stage of the company’s growth. A selection of industries from Hi Tech to Life Sciences will allow a cross fertilisation of approaches and shared learning. Key speakers with direct experience of these topics will be sharing their views.



Gareth Jones - Principal Patent Analyst, Microsoft
"Creating value on a shoestring: Startup IP management"

3 years ago Gareth was brought in as Head of IP at SwiftKey to help develop a rapid-growth start-up into a sophisticated business ready for exit. In this role Gareth defined company strategy, developed asset portfolios, reduced risk, defended patent litigation, managed due diligence, and achieved a successful exit for the high-profile tech company. Following the acquisition by Microsoft in March 2016, Gareth is now a member of Microsoft's patent strategy group.

Alex Tame - Director, Tame IP Ltd
"Taming IP in the corporate world"

Alex Tame is the former Global IP Manager at Vodafone and recently established Tame IP to assist companies with the management of their intellectual property.  Alex is well connected and highly respected across the industry and has built his new venture offers a wealth of experience and connections to support business development.

Josue Ortiz - Director, ClearViewIP Ltd
"The impact of Non Practicing Entities on corporate IP - No longer just a US issue"

Josue Ortiz is a Director at ClearViewIP, a UK based IP Strategy firm where he advises clients primarily in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) sector. He holds degrees in Telecommunications Engineering and Business and has specialised in Intellectual Property strategy and transactions for over 15 years while based in London, Philadelphia and Mexico City.

In particular, he has provided strategic advice to a number of companies dealing with non-practicing entities. In addition, he has been heavily involved in a number of patent related litigations in the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.

He has also led interdisciplinary and cross-border teams on the completion of a variety of sell side and buy side Intellectual Property deals, including on behalf of private equity firms. Mr. Ortiz is a regular speaker at IP conferences and is listed in the IAM300 list of the world’s leading IP strategists.

David Abrahams - Brand Mediation
"Building brand advantage"

David Abrahams advises on operational effectiveness in the stewardship of brands and the development of new products. He is the author of Brand Risk – Adding Risk Literacy to Brand Management (2008). An accredited commercial mediator, David has related interests in the management of strategic alliances, licensing arrangements and enterprise risk management.

Sherree Westell - Solicitor, Woodroffes Solicitors
"Legal issues and risks with social media"

Sherree Westell is an expert in IT, IP, commercial, digital and social media law, and has worked as a consultant with Woodroffes for the last 5 years or so.  Sherree routinely advises global household name brands, international technology suppliers, SMEs and high growth potential start ups and has extensive experience of advising both public and private sector organisations.  Sherree’s experience and expertise includes drafting all types of commercial contracts (particularly technology related contracts such as managed services and outsourcing contracts), advising on online compliance issues, social media policies and user facing terms as well as the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights.

Matthew Reed - Unilever
"Open innovation and university collaboration"

Matt is a Senior Open Innovation Director at Unilever’s Port Sunlight laboratory. His work focuses on the creation of new innovation ecosystems and the development of strategic industry - academia relationships that accelerate innovation. In parallel with his technical career, Matt has also worked with both Unilever’s New Business Unit and Unilever corporate venture. He has personal experience of founding three start-up companies to exploit his inventions and intellectual property. In 2006 he obtained an MBa in technology management from Chalmers University, Göteborg.

Terry Parlett - Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
"From bright ideas to healthcare products - Taking NHS innovations to market"

Dr Terry Parlett is the Head of Intellectual Property and Commercial Research at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. He is responsible for managing and commercialising the Hospital’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio and for developing commercial research collaborations and partnerships, as well as technology evaluation and knowledge transfer opportunities with industry.  Dr Parlett has a first class honours degree in Medical Biotechnology and a PhD from King’s College London. He previously worked within academic, Pharma and start-up Biotech environments in anti-inflammatory, HIV and stem cell research before changing career to IP management and licensing in 2004.

Sharon Finch - Medius Associates
"Deals update"

Sharon is the founder and CEO of Medius Associates and has worked in business development since joining the pharma industry in 1978. Sharon has extensive in depth experience of international pharmaceutical business development. With a comprehensive knowledge of business development and licensing in the pharmaceutical industry, she has extensive experience of identifying, creating, implementing and directing international business
opportunities. Sharon also has experience of negotiating and drafting a wide range of agreements with both global and national pharmaceutical companies and is an author for the series of Deal Watch articles published by Medius.
As a leading authority on Partnering and Business Development, Sharon has chaired numerous international licensing conferences and run workshops and training courses on business development. Sharon’s previous industry experience included senior business development appointments in the Wellcome Foundation Ltd; at Medeva plc and Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. In addition to her client work, Sharon is the Editor of the Business Development & Licensing Journal published by the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group and is also the Course Director for the MSc in Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing run by Manchester University.
Sharon holds a BSc in Chemistry and Administration and studied for an MA in Business Law.  She is the past President of the European Pharmaceutical Licensing Group Council and former Chairman of the UK Pharmaceutical Licensing Group.

Session Chairs

Colin Hunsley - Vice President, LES B&I

Simon Chalkley - Vice President (Elect), LES B&I

Mike Shaw - Unilever

Click here to view to conference programme


Registration details:

Member Rate - £255.00

Non Member Rate - £300.00

Student Rate - £175.00

Register online or download a manual registration form here