About The Event

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.

WHERE

STATION Berlin
Luckenwalder Str. 4-6
10963 Berlin, Germany

WHEN

Saturday to Wednesday
May 16 to 20, 2020


Welcome to LESI2020 - Berlin

As President of LESI I am delighted to welcome you to the next LESI Annual Meeting to be held in the wonderful city of Berlin in May 2020.

As you will read on this site, we’ve worked hard to put together a wide ranging and topical programme which will be of interest to anyone involved in the business of IP – no matter your field of interest and no matter where you are in the world.

Whether you are an existing LES Member ( or not yet ) you can’t afford to miss this LESI Annual Meeting in Berlin in May 2020. Please join us in taking the business of IP to the next level !

See you in Berlin.

Fiona

Fiona Nicolson
LESI President


LESI is back in Germany

Dear IP- and Licensing Professionals, dear LES members and friends,

after 15 years (2005 in Munich) the LESI Annual Meeting is returning back to Germany!

As President of LES Germany and on behalf of the entire Board of LES Germany and the Organizing Committee it is my very honor and pleasure to personally invite you to the next LESI Annual Meeting in Berlin in May 2020, and we would be very pleased to welcome you to this exciting event.

IP and licensing is one of the “most global” businesses, and this international conference will be a perfect opportunity to strengthen the international cooperation in this area, being such an important factor for “Advancing the Business of IP to the next Level” we are all striving for. The conference will cover a wide area of topics related to IP and licensing, of course emphasizing on recent developments, technically and legally as well as economically, and our high level speakers from all over the world, with different backgrounds and positions, in industry and politics, from the academy world and from private practice, will share their professional experiences and valuable opinions, providing vast opportunities to jointly discuss the developments of IP and licensing in a fast changing world with an ever-increasing speed of creation of innovations and opportunities.

Furthermore, for the first time at an LESI-conference, we will be hosting our “Start-Up Boot Camp” together with APX.

You may be an experienced expert in IP and licensing, being active in this area already for many years or even decades, or you may be a young professional, you may be already an LES member or not (or not yet), either way, we hope and trust that this conference will provide professional and personal value and we therefore kindly invite and encourage you to come to Berlin and join our meetings and discussions.

I am personally very much looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!

Best regards
Christian W. Appelt
President LES Germany


Register now!

Early Bird ends February 29th!

Data as Assets

Highlights of the Conference

  • Keynote from Industry
  • Data as Assets: Overview of a present legal situation with participants from all major jurisdictions
  • Artificial intelligence as a specific challenge in industry
  • IT-Eco-Systems: licensing with major software companies participating
  • FRAND and SEP licensing with major industry participation
  • Legal overviews of recent discussions on cease- and desist claims and restriction thereto
  • Up-to-date Life Science topics
  • New challenges for knowledge transfer between public research and industry
  • Open Innovation as a challenge in international licensing
  • Licensing in trans-border joint-ventures with participants from Europe and the US
  • Workshop LESI and EPA on success stories in SMEs
  • Berlin Start-up Boot Camp jointly with Axel Springer and Porsche’s accelerator APX
  • Woman in licensing special occasion


LES International Members & Delegates Meeting

May 15th - 17th 2020 at Crowne Plaza and Station Berlin

Friday, May 15th
7 pm – Welcome Reception – Crowne Plaza (Ground Floor)

Satuday, May 16th
9 am – 5 pm – LES International Members & Delegates Meeting – Working Groups – Crowne Plaza (First Floor – Break Out Rooms)
8 pm – LES International Members & Delegates Dinner – Käfer Rooftop Restaurant – Deutscher Bundestag

Sunday, May 17th
9 am – 5 pm – LES International Members & Delegates Meeting – Plenary – Station Berlin

If you want to register for the LES International Management & Delegates’ Meeting please visit LESI IMDM

Conference Schedule

Get a first glimpse on the topics covered
  • Day 1

    Sun, May 17, 2020

  • Join all the participants of the IMDM plus all the LESI2020 attendees and speakers for a warm welcome at the Station, Berlin.
    Evening Reception
    Where
    Station, Berlin

  • Day 2

    Mon, May 18, 2020

  • Welcome Speeches
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Room

  • (to be confirmed)
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Room

  • Marianne De Backer will give an excellent key note in the field of innovation and modern day licensing in a world full of data in pharma industry.
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Room

  • Experts from the European Union, the US and Japan will give an overview on the latest developments in an excellent panel.
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Room

  • Enjoy networking and meeting opportunities during the coffee break
    Coffee Break
    Where
    Central Meeting Area

  • Enjoy networking and meeting opportunities during the coffee break
    Coffee Break
    Where
    Central Meeting Area

  • This session will see knowledgeable and engaging speakers with deep knowledge of consumer products and consumer brand markets who will share their individual outlooks into the future of how retail, marketing and connected devices will shape the future market. Big players of today might become redundant tomorrow. Manufacturers of today become service providers. Retailers become manufacturers – and vice versa. Gaining market share with individual ecosystems will be balanced against the aim to achieve technological standardization. Data and connectivity shifts market powers. Who will benefit, who will suffer, and who will be the market leaders 2030?
    Workshop 2
    Where
    Break Out Room 2

  • We have the exceptional opportunity to dine, network, meet and greet in the surrounding of the Naturkundemuseum, right under the dinosaur bones.
    Evening Reception
    Where
    Naturkundemuseum, Berlin

  • Day 3

    Tue, May 19, 2020

  • Rushing into the era of disruptive innovation, DX (Digital Transformation) is revolutionizing the industrial world and society, while data and digitalization are key components of DX. With the rise of AI and the growing importance of data and its use, licensors will have to develop new concepts to make best use of the legal means (such as patent, copyright or trade secret) and practical means (such as restricting access) available to protect such data. Those legal and practical approaches will in turn have implications for license agreements which will be at the center of this workshop. Panelists address how various industrial sectors such as automotive are going to handle data as assets, where they are going, and what points should seriously be considered in legal and practical aspects.
    Workshop 3

  • Mock Mediation of IP License Dispute using WIPO. We began the panel with Adam Rattray from WIPO explaining the difference between mediation and arbitration, then describing WIPO's approach. This was followed by Jim Sobieraj (acting as mediator) explaining his role and how he plans to conduct the mock mediation. We had a great group for the actual mock mediation. We wrapped up with 10 points to consider when planning for mediation and audience discussion.  
    Workshop 1
    Where
    Break Out Room 1

  • The internet has been around for more than 25 years. On-line delivery of music and films no longer take ages. According to Motion Pictures of America and IFPI, most people watch films or listen to music via streaming. In fact, IFPI’s 2019 Music Listening Report, 89% listen to music through on- demand streaming. Many do so using YouTube, showing that the platform between music and films are blurred. Naturally, the revenue streams from the different means of exploiting copyright for music is now coming mainly from streaming. As much as 59% is coming from streaming. Performing rights societies which traditionally manage broadcast, cable and performing rights are becoming more and more important. In this session, we examine the role of collective rights management organisations (traditionally called “performing rights societies”), in this world of new consumer habits and how different players are responding to this trend. Should new rights like those in the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (Directive 2019/790) be introduced or is technology and business models the right avenues for response?
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Room

  • This workshop will be chaired by (LES Britain & Ireland) and have 4 panel members with representatives from industry, i.e. those seeking the financing and the challenges they face in trying to build a company as well as the financiers -venture capitalists and various funding bodies.
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Room

  • This would be a great opportunity to forge links with the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group in Europe. We’ll like at the state of play in the industry, IP and regulatory challenges and look at resulting diversification focusing on licensing and M&A . We will have panellists from pharma companies, speciality companies with representatives from LES and PLG. This will be chaired by a life science committee member and a PLG member. 
    Plenary
    Where
    Plenary Room

  • drinks reception and networking event
    Evening Reception

  • The festive highlight of the conference: dining like the prussian kings did in midst of orange trees in the wolrd renowned ambience of palace Charlottenburg. A true once in a lifetime experience.
    Evening Reception
    Where
    Castle Charlottenburg, Berlin

  • Day 4

    Wed, May 20, 2020

Sponsors & Congress Management

Here are our valued sponsors. Without them we couldn't make it happen.
Sponsor Yusarn Audrey
Serviva

Location

STATION Berlin
Luckenwalder Str. 4-6
10963 Berlin, Germany

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