Presidential Addresses

Advancing the business of IP to the next level: data as assets

Dear licensing professional,

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 . ‘The Station” which is the venue for the meeting is itself a unique location in the centre of the city. The Meeting is being being hosted by one of our largest LES Societies – LES Germany.
As you will read on this site, the Organising Committee has 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. We will also have discrete working sessions and receptions for our vibrant Young Members’ Congress and our rapidly expanding Women in Licensing Alliance.
There can be no doubt that the global economy relies more and more on the successful commercialisation of Intellectual Property and it is essential that all of us who work in this area -whether in industry or in the professions -are fully informed and up to date with current trends and developments.
It is also essential that we all have great networks and contacts as this is a truly global business – and we need each other. At LES we provide a friendly, welcoming atmosphere at all of our meetings where you can make new contacts who are sure to become lasting professional and personal friends.
Each of our 33 Member Societies and LES International are at the heart of this IP world and have a truly unique offering – both from an educational and networking perspective.
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 Nicolson

LESI President

LESI Annual Meeting is returning back to Germany

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

After 15 years, last time 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.

The meeting will be held in Berlin, the capital of Germany and Germany’s largest city, in the heart of Germany and Europe, with its very rich historic, cultural and academic background on the one hand and its fast developing and changing platform for national and international businesses on the other hand, both for multinationally operating and large companies, SMEs and startups, and with a high number of universities and research facilities, driving and supporting innovation being the basis for IP and licensing we are all dealing with.

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, so that we will have ample opportunities to network and 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 Axel Springer/Porsche´s accelerator, an additional chance to use our network facilities.

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, just having entered this very special but extremely interesting area or going to start your professional activities in IP and licensing, you may be already an LES member in one of our 33 national chapters all over the world or not (or not yet), either way, we hope and trust that this conference will provide professional and personal value and an interesting time to all of you, 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