National round-table with judges

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Date to be defined

Due to Covid-19, the conference “National round-table with  judges” initially scheduled for March 19th, 2020 has been postponed. The new date will be communicated as soon as possible.


Università degli Studi di Milano
Via Festa del Perdono 7, Milano
1.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.

The fifth edition of the annual “National Round-table with Judges” will be attended by

  • Liliana Guzzo, President of the IP Section from the District Court of Venezia
  • Silvia Vitrò, President of the IP Section from the District Court of Torino
  • Vittorio Carlomagno, Judge of the IP Section from the District Court of Roma
  • Maria Cristina Scarzella, Judge of the IP Section from the District Court of Genova
  • Maria Tuccillo, Judge of the IP Section from the District Court of Napoli
  • Alima Zana, Judge of the IP Section from the District Court of Milano

to discuss about recent case laws on IP matters.

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LES International Annual Conference 2020


Berlin (Germany), 16/20 May 2020

Licensing specialists from a diverse, global community of practitioners from companies, law firms and institutions involved in licensing IP come together for cutting edge sessions and networking events at our incredible conference venue, the historic postal train station in the center of Berlin: Station Berlin.

Increase your knowledge about novel trends and insights in the licensing community together with us at the LESI Annual Conference 2020.

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Topic Meeting Use of (non) personal data in a digital world

Brussels (Belgium), 26 March 2020

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This Topic Meeting on trends in Tech Transfer will be held on 26 March 2020 from 9.30 a.m. till 4.30 p.m. in Brussels, Belgium.

  • Recent developments and legislative initiatives will be discussed by a representative of the EU Commission.
  • Marcin Serafin, partner of Maruta LLP in Warsaw will speak on “Mixing of personal and non-personal data and possible implications on the security organizational and technical measures on databases covering both and mixed types of data in a cloud and traditional environment”.
  • Charlotte Ducuing, doctoral researcher at CITIP of KUleuven, asks “Should there be a ‘data law’?” (and other initiatives to create horizontal ‘data rights’, see for instance the on-going project of ALI-ELI on ‘Principles for the Data Economy’)”
  • Alain Strowel, Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain will present on the “Use of data and AI: impact of copyright and other legislations (liability)”.
  • “Views on the Commission’s Data Strategy and AI White Paper” will be discussed by Cornelia Kutterer, Senior Director, EU Government Affairs, AI & Privacy and Digital Policies of Microsoft in Brussels.
  • Frank Guiader, Head of Innovation & Fintech at Gide avocats in Paris will give a presentation on the “Regulation facing the 4th industrial revolution : data, clusters and advanced technologies”
  • “Recent developments in India and the impact on intermediaries” will be shown by Arun Prabhu, Partner at Cyril Amarchand in Bangalore.

Please click here for the full program


NH Brussels EU Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11-19, B-1000 Brussels


The fee for this meeting will be € 120,00 for LES Benelux members and € 180,00 for non-members. For LES members 40 years of age or below there is a discount of € 20,00 under the condition of completing your date of birth at the online registration form. Payment can take place by bank transfer. Your registration will be confirmed with an invoice for the registration fee. The fee includes meeting materials, buffet lunch, coffee and tea in the break and drinks after the meeting.

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LESANZ 2020 Conference

Reinvention: Fresh Approaches and new beginnings

Christchurch (New Zealand), 15/17 April 2020

The LESANZ 2020 annual conference will be held in the recently restored Christchurch Town Hall. The venue sustained significant damage from the 2011 earthquakes and has recently reopened.

Inspired by the rebuilding of Christchurch, in 2020 the conference will be exploring:

Reinvention – how businesses are transforming what they do
Fresh approaches – new business models, new relationships, new ways of doing things
New beginnings – impact of new technologies and the how to become a unicorn

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Licensing for Success in Changing Global Market

San Paulo (Brazil), 19-20 March 2020

LES Brazil and the LESI Americas committee has put together a conference in San Paulo, Brazil, March 19-20 focused on  “Licensing for Success in Changing Global Market.”

If your firm is interested in sponsoring the event, there are low cost sponsorship opportunities, for an LESI event that has not been held in this part of the world in some years and represents an excellent membership building opportunity.

The conference has also an impressive list of international speakers which promises to showcase the diversity and depth of LESI.

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2020 LESI Winter Planning Meeting – Part II


Padova (Italy), 21/23 February 2020

On invitation only

On behalf of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), we are delighted to inform that the 2020 LESI Winter Planning Meeting (WPM) will take place on 21st-23rd February 2020 in Padua, Italy.

As per tradition, the WPM is by invitation of the President-Elect, Audrey Yap.

Event details

  • Friday, 21st February 2020

There will be a day-long seminar organized by University of Padova in collaboration with UniSMART and LES International.

The program will include international speakers addressing current tech transfer and IP licensing issues including protection of trade secrets, emerging trends in AI, Autonomous Vehicles, Cryptocurrency and among other topics of interest to a combined Industry/University audience.  The afternoon session will feature speakers from local Italian businesses.

For additional information LINK

At 6:30pm, a combined cocktail reception UNISMART & LESI is planned.

At 8:00pm, LESI will organize a wonderful dinner at Ristorante Belle Parti (optional but encouraged – $67pp).

  • Saturday 22nd February 2020

Full-day Winter Planning Meeting with special guest speakers from Academia, Industry and IP Offices.

The day will culminate in drinks and dinner at Café Pedrocchi.

  • Sunday 23rd February 2020

For those interested, there will be opportunities to have a Padua City Tour on Sunday morning and attend Opera in Venice at the Teatro Fenice’s on Sunday evening.

The venue for the Friday and Saturday meetings will be the University of Padua, the second oldest Italian University (founded in 1222) after Bologna, the oldest University in the world (founded in 1088).

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Under the patronage of


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