LESI Committees Overview
LESI has three types of Committees: (1) Management Committees; (2) Industry, Professional and Regional Committees; and (3) Ad Hoc Committees.
The Management Committees that provide administrative support for LESI day-to-day operations and core activities.
The Industry, Professional and Regional Committees which serve as the gateway to membership and participation in LES
Both the Management Committees as well as the Industry, Professional and Regional Committees of LESI are "Permanent" Committees established and operating under the LESI By-Laws.
The Ad Hoc Committees or Working Groups addressing new initiatives of the Board.
LESI 2012-2014 Committee Manual [PDF]
LESI 2012-2014 Committee Calendar [PDF]
The Management Committees are:
Responsible for reviewing the financial records and reports of the Society at the end of each fiscal year, reporting to the Board of Delegates on the results of its annual review, and advising the Treasurer and the Board of Delegates with regard to modifications and improvements to the financial record-keeping and reporting systems of the Society.
Responsible for reviewing the qualifications of candidates for awards of honor or appreciation, including the gold medal award, of LESI and making recommendations as to whether and to whom such awards should be granted.
Responsible for communications between and among LESI, LES Member Societies, and LES members worldwide. Its tasks include maintaining and developing the LESI Website and the publication and dissemination of Les Nouvelles. The Committee activities facilitate the wide dissemination of the discussions and deliberations of LESI and its committees and an exchange of information on matters of interest related to licensing.
Responsible for the development and delivery of educational programs and materials of LESI, as well as of the LES Member Societies. Its tasks include the training of trainers and development of materials for courses and co-operating with other institutions in the development and dissemination of educational materials.
Responsible for receiving, reviewing, reporting on and making recommendations as to requests for funding from the LESI Endowment Fund that would be beneficial to the general membership of the LES Member Societies.
Responsible for establishing and maintaining LESI's contacts and relations with external organizations, in particular, international agencies and organizations, of interest to LESI to further the Society's goals.
Responsible for devising and advising on strategies for the investment(s) of LESI funds.
Responsible for the registration and maintenance of the intellectual property of LESI. This includes devising and implementing standards for the use of the LESI's trademarks, logo and other intellectual property, monitoring compliance and responsibility for enforcement of LESI's intellectual property rights.
Responsible for advising the officers and delegates regarding legal matters relevant to the business and programs of LES International and makes recommendations to the Board of Delegates.
Long Range Planning
Responsible for continuously examining the goals, objectives, roles and activities of LES International, as well as on the needs of the Member Societies, and to make recommendations on the structure, functioning and operations of LESI.
Responsible for receiving, reviewing and providing recommendations as to bids for International Conference meeting sites, as well as any other meetings designated by the International President to the Board of Directors and the Board of Delegates, and for establishing guidelines as to how International Conferences should be organized and conducted. The Meetings Committee also assists the individual societies in connection with the planning, organizing and running of International Conferences.
Responsible for receiving, reviewing and providing recommendations on the admission to and continued membership in LESI as an LES member society, for assisting LES Member Societies in their activities and for providing assistance in the organization and operations of national and regional professional organizations for eventual application to become an LES Member Society.
Responsible for evaluating and nominating the candidates to be officers of LESI and for helping and advising the President and the President-Elect in the selection of committee members and chairpersons.
Industry, professional and regional committees
The Industry, Professional and Regional Committees are:
The America's Committee provides a forum for promoting networking among its members, sponsorship of appropriate educational activities and keeping LES members worldwide abreast of the developments and events involving the licensing of intellectual property and the transfer of technology in the America's.
The Asia Pacific Committee seeks to promote and enhance cooperation and collaboration among the LESI societies in one of the most dynamic regions of the world today by sharing information, resources, and experiences, through regional activities, joint society activities, networking and creating more opportunities to build valuable relationships.
Chemicals, Energy, Environment and Materials
The Chemicals, Energy, Environment and Materials Committee serves as a focal point for the members of the oil, petrochemical, chemical, polymers, renewable energy, and associated industries by, inter alia, promoting networking among its members and sponsoring educational activities such as workshops, lectures, and seminars.
The Consumer Product Committee provide LESI and its constituent Member Societies with information and content in the Consumer Products field, such as the control and monitoring of IP assets with new tools like web monitoring and brand protection through product serialization. The Committee also deals with licensing-related practices such as franchising, merchandising and sponsoring.
The Copyright Licensing Committee provides LESI and its constituent Member Societies with information about copyright licensing and its impact on company activities around the world and how they are affected by local law provisions and court precedents.
The Dispute Resolution Committee monitors, studies and reports on developments in the Dispute Resolution field, including ordinary civil disputes as well as alternative dispute resolution (e.g., Arbitration and Mediation) throughout the world.
Electronics, IT and Telecommunications
The Electronics, IT and Telecommunications Committee serves as a focal point for the members of those industries through the promotion of networking among its members, the monitoring and reporting of developments in those industries and the sponsoring of educational activities such as workshops, lectures, and seminars.
Engineering, Transportation & Physical Sciences
The Engineering, Transportation and Physical Sciences Committee identifies topics of common interest to organizations involved in engineering, transportation and physical sciences, provides networking and education opportunities related to such topics of common interest, identifies and involves members of this industrial sector in LESI and coordinates and collaborates with related LES member society committees involved with similar industrial sectors .
The European Committee keeps abreast of developments in EU laws, cases, regulations, trade agreements and other matters relevant for licensing and tech transfer in the EU and to foster mutually beneficial relationships with the EU Commission, the EPO and OHIM, including through submissions to these bodies.
The Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications Committee and the Engineering, Transportation and Physical Sciences Committee have merged to form the High Technology Committee. This committee includes professionals working for companies, research institutions, service providers, and organizations associated with advanced new technologies in the physical sciences including consumer electronics, software, information technology, digital content, telecommunications, nanotechnology, semiconductors, mobile devices, transportation, aerospace, automotive and other electrical and mechanical systems.
Industry, University & Government Transactions Committee
The IUGT Committee provides a forum for networking, education and professional development for LES members working in public sector research organisations (PRO's) including universities and government research laboratories, industry and law firms and other professional service providers interested in technology transfer and commercialisation.
The committee will identify issues, factors and methodologies used in giving value to IP portfolios or license deals. The goal would be to publish a practical overview of the valuation process with comments and recommendations as to approaches to such valuation. The committee will present an outline of its proposed publication to the Board of Delegates at its final meeting in 2010 and will present a publication by the last meeting in 2013. Unless extended, the committee will expire at the end of 2013.
The Life Sciences Committee provides LESI and its constituent Member Societies with information and content in the Life Sciences field for educational, networking and promotion of the profession, and to encourage open dialogue among life sciences professionals.
Patent & Technology Licensing
The Patent & Technology Licensing Committee provides LES members with a focal point for the study, reflection and discussion of issues relevant to patent and technology licensing that cut across various industrial sectors, as well as a platform for participating in and promoting LESI's activities, and in particular its educational activities, relating to patent and technology licensing.
Trademarks, Designs, and Merchandising Committee
The mission of the Trademarks, Designs, and Merchandising Committee is to provide LES members with a focal point for the study, reflection and discussion of issues relevant to trademarks, characters, designs and merchandising, as well as a platform for participating in and promoting LESI's activities, and in particular its educational activities, relating to trademarks, characters, designs and merchandising and the licensing thereof.
Ad Hoc Committees
The Ad Hoc Committees and their Mandates are:
The Business Forum Working Group has responsibility for coordination with appropriate Member Societies in order to present the LES IP 100 or similar business forums globally.
Committees and Sub-Sectors
The Committees and Sub-Sectors Working Group is tasked with better alignment of related activities across Member Societies.
Global Technology Impact Forum
The Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) Ad-Hoc Committee has responsibility for the planned annual event in advance of the Davos World Economic Forum and related activies including the Invent for Humanity Technology Transfer Impact Forum.
The les Nouvelles Working Group is charged with recommendations and oversight of implementation of approved updates to this Society publication to maximize its value to all stakeholders taking into account costs for production and distribution.
National Presidents Council
The National Presidents Council (NPC) is an on-going effort of current and former Society National Presidents to share best practices for Society management and recommend new initiatives to the LESI Board for overall organizational growth and increased value to members broadly defined. The NPC is anticipated to meet with the LESI Board and LESI Past Presidents at the annual Planning Meeting, the IMDM following the LESI Annual Conference and the IMDM following the USA/Canada annual meeting.
Public Relations and Marketing
The Public Relations and Marketing Working Group charged with recommending next generation strategies and tools to further the recognition of LESI and its member Societies in IP and general business media. Recommendations of this Working Group are to be provided to the LESI Communications Committee and the LESI Board for discussion at the Planning Meeting.
Society Best Practices
This Working Group is tasked with preparing a map to post to the LESI website for National Presidents, Committee Leadership and Meeting Chairs to access best practices and working templates for like activities. This Working Group will leverage similar existing website postings in large LES Member Societies.
This Ad-Hoc Committee will include a member appointed by each IPR committee and the chair will be appointed by the Board of Directors. The committee will identify or develop standard license contracts capable of use in all countries. The goal would be to publish form license agreements of general application in most countries for patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret/know-how and hybrid licenses, with appropriate substitution provisions and explanations. Where the committee identifies and wishes to incorporate a standard contract from another source, it will obtain permission to use and publish it. The committee will present an outline of its proposed publication to the Board of Delegates at its final meeting in 2010 and will present a publication by the last meeting in 2013. Unless extended, the committee will expire at the end of 2013.
This Working Group will assess interest by current and potential individual members in LES Member Societies to network regarding the provision of intellectual property strategic advisory services. This Working Group will also review emerging new organizations seeking to provide similar content specific to IP strategy professionals and report recommendations to the LESI Board to accommodate such interests.
Women in LESI
This Ad-Hoc Committee is charged with identifying ways to better meet the needs of women participating in both LESI and LES Member Society activities.
Young Members Congress
The mission of this committee is to increase the number of active members under the age of 40 within LES Member Societies;
to encourage participation and networking by young members at LESI events through the organization of unique educational and social programs;
to mentor young executives for participation and leadership at LESI Board, Delegate and Committee levels as well as to make LESI officers aware of the interest, accomplishments and contributions of younger members and to encourage family participation through special programs and incentives. Collectively, the activities of the YMC will assure a strong foundation for the next generation of LESI excellence.
Young Members Congress