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Day One
Day Two

30 April

YMC Networking

Young Members Congress Networking

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Welcome Reception

LESI2023 will be officially opened by LESI President, Ichiro Nakatomi.

Join us to celebrate the opening of the Conference with drinks and canapés accompanied by an amazing jazz band playing live throughout the evening.

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YMC Offsite Networking Event

Please join StoneTurn for a Cocktail Reception in appreciation of the LES Young Members Congress.

This event is being held at Yoko Luna restaurant (only one block from the Conference Hotel) and will immediately follow the LESI2023 Welcome Reception.

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1 May

Keynote Speaker

Creativity to Build Intellectual Property

Moderator: Bob Held, Held IP

Panel Discussion

Introduction of new IP Business Models in Drug Discovery

Fireside Chat with Canadian Minister

Update and Initiatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Moderator: Natalie Raffoul, Brion Raffoul LLP

  • Mary Ng

    Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic DevelopmentGovernment of Canada

Coffee Break / Networking

Book signing by Daniel Lamarre

Workshop 1

Navigating the Deep Tech Frontier in Life Sciences Innovation

Workshop 2

It’s all about the Money – Licensing, Securitization, and other uses of IP portfolios by Start-up Companies in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia

Workshop 3

Investing, M&A and Licensing on Gaming Industry – What You Need to Know Before

Workshop 4

Regulatory & Legislative Trends Affecting Standard Essential Patents (SEPs)

Workshop 5

Using Federated Data Models to Reduce Barriers to Licensing Data

Keynote Speaker

A Global Leader in Clean Energy: How 75 Years of Innovation is Shaping the Future of Hydro-Québec

Moderator: François Painchaud, ROBIC

LESI Thought Leadership Program- Track 1

Track 1: Standard Essential Patents (SEPs)

LESI Thought Leadership Program- Track 2

Track 2: Automotive Industry

LESI Thought Leadership Program- Track 3

Track 3: Arbitration & Mediation

  • Tilman Müller-Stoy

    Patent LitigatorBardehle Pagenberg

  • Adam Rattray

    Head of the Information and External Relations WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Roundtable 1

Differences in the Method of Technology Transfer from the Perspective of Universities in Turkey and Slovakia

Roundtable 2

Standard Essential Patents:  Update on Global FRAND Rate Setting

Roundtable 3

Surviving and Thriving: How Can Start-up’s Better Leverage Their IP Portfolios for Funding and Exit

Roundtable 4

Investing in Societal Good: Changing Paradigm

  • Mark Wilson

    DirectorStrategic Technology Bio Consulting

  • Chris Katopis

    IP Legislative ConsultantAmerican Bar Association

Roundtable 5

IP-Led Growth and Expansion: Journey from the Chemistry Lab to Global Commercialization

Roundtable 6

Cross-Border IP and Licensing Issues for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

Roundtable 7

Importance of Mentorship and Annual Highlights from WILA followed by a Reception

Workshop 6

Challenges of SEP Licensing in a Fully Connected World

Workshop 7

Data Rights Assertions are how Intellectual Property (IP) Providers Convey IP Rights to U.S. Government Customers

Workshop 8

The Unified Patent Court — It Has Finally Arrived

Workshop 9

Various Legal Issues in the Metaverse

Workshop 10

High-Growth Technology Business Forum – Special Start-up Edition. A Live Case Study Experience

Close of Day 1

Brief ‘Executive’ Highlights from Day 1

Gala Dinner with Entertainment

Held at st James Theatre

A 3-course meal followed by some very exciting entertainment!

2 May

Keynote Speaker

On the Path to Net Zero: Air Mobility Compelled to Innovate

Moderator: Sonja London, TactoTek

  • Marc St-Hilaire

    Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Technology & InnovationCAE

Panel Discussion

AI’s Evaluation and Impact Given to the Business and Intellectual Property Law Systems

Workshop 11

WIPO Mock Mediation: Efficient Dispute Resolution and Best Practices


Workshop 12

Foodie Art: RTD to Plant-Based Products – Commercialization of IP in the Food and Beverage Industry

  • Jayde Wood

    Lawyer, Patent Agent, and Trademark AgentGowling WLG

  • Rickey Yada

    Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food SystemsUniversity of British Columbia

  • Janet Lau

    Senior IP & Compliance ManagerMark Anthony Group

  • Yves Potvin

    FounderYves Veggie Cuisine and Garden Protein International

  • Jeff Turner

    Retired/Former President & CEODefyrus Inc. (retired)

Workshop 13

The Future of Branding & Licensing in the Entertainment/Games Industry and in Online Virtual Reality

Workshop 14

UPC Litigation & UP Prosecution – Chances, Risks, Strategies

Video Presentation

Update form WIPO

Keynote Speaker

Update and Initiatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Moderator: Dana Robert Colarulli, Executive Director, LESI

  • Vaishali Udupa 

    Commissioner for PatentsUnited States Patent and Trademark Office

Roundtable 8

Data Analytics for the Modern IP Professional

Roundtable 9

Latest Case Decisions Affecting Patent License in U.S., Europe, and Japan

Roundtable 10

How will the New European Horizontal Block Exemption Regulations Affect Cooperation Agreements like Standardization and R&D

Roundtable 11

Licensing in an Era of Pandemics, Regional Conflicts, and Climate Change: Mitigating your Supply Chain Risks

Roundtable 12

State of Industry Panel Discussion on CEEM Industries

Roundtable 13

LES USA Approved Standards

  • Karthika Perumal

    IP Transactions PartnerWomble Bond Dickinson LLP and LES USA/CANADA President

Roundtable 15

Digital Unicorns and Tangible Profits: An Overview of Recent Esports Growth

LESI Committee Meeting

High Technology

LESI Committee Meeting

Patent & Technology Licensing

LESI Committee Meeting

Trademarks, Designs, & Merchandising

LESI Committee Meeting

Innovation Trends

LESI Committee Meeting

Asia Pacific

LESI Committee Meeting

Life Sciences

Workshop 16

Data-Driven Decision-Making for IP Licensing and Transaction: Use LES Royalty Survey Reports and Other Data Sources to Guide Monetization Campaigns

  • Bob Held

    Conference ChairHeld IPLES USA-Canada

  • Jack Lu

    Founding PartnerIPMAP LLC

  • Mike Perham

    Director, Innovations and External Relations Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Workshop 17

The U.S. CHIPS Act and the New Export Control Rules on Chips – Ongoing Shift in Tech Relations with China and Impact on Licensing

Workshop 18

Business Secrets: the next big revolution ?

Do’s and don’ts in the protection and valuation of trade secrets: a practical management approach

Workshop 19

Innovation Investment and IP Valuation on SDG/ESG

Close of Day 2

Brief “Executive” Highlights from Day 2 and Presentation from LESI 2024 Madrid

Farewell Event with Entertainment

In 1847, the “New City Gas Company of Montreal” used this site to transform coal into gas to light the streets of the city.

Today, their sources of energy take shape through art, music and gastronomy. More than ever, New City Gas makes Montreal shine and will give you the opportunity to feel the unique energy that inhabits this iconic place.

Explore the highly-curated NFT Gallery while enjoying your arrival drink! Followed by a buffet dinner and some very exciting entertainment!

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