Posted by Bill Meade at March 4, 2006 05:30 PM
LES stands for the "Licensing Executive Society" and this post is a review of the LES winter meeting that took place February 22, 23, and 24, 2006 in Pasadena California. This post is an attempt to give RethinkIP readers a sense of what the conference and LES society is like.
Approximately 320 people attended the conference and they represent a mix of licensing-related backgrounds including patent litigators, house counsel, attorneys with MBAs working as licensing executives (i.e., Outside their company’s legal department!), geniuses at large (one person had an MD from Russia, a PhD from Israel, and an MBA from the US), and many technical people (Ph.D. biochemistry or physics for example) acting as IP commercialization consultants, and expert witnesses. Add to this mix a dash of retired judge, a genial Cornell PhD in materials science, JDs with Ph.Ds, the Knobe Martin litigator alumni association, and you begin to get a feel for the human chemistry of an LES meeting.