Organisations to whom outreach should be directed
The Task Force believes that any such Guide should include Best Practices as to what LES organization should take the lead in such contacts and how those contacts should be made. In this regard, the Task Force has identified three different types of organisations to whom LESI should be reaching out to:
- Technology Transfer (e.g., AUTM) and Lawyer Organisations (e.g., AIPPI and INTA internationally)
- International professional, technical and business organisations (e.g., the IEEE and Business Europe)
- National professional and business organisations (e.g., Chambers of Commerce, Federations of Industry and the Institutes of Directors)
Some organisations – such as the UK’s Institute of Engineering and Technology - are predominantly in one country but with substantial influence outside of that country and thus straddle the Category 2/3 line. Other organisations, such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) have their roots in one country (US) but are multinational.
Organisations falling into the first category are generally well aware of LES and its activities. There are many LES members who are active in both LES and those other organizations. There may also be organizations falling into this area with whom LES has little contact and those need to be identified.
The Task Force believes that the opportunity for outreach with those organizations in the first category is limited, as many have their own agendas. However, the Task Force believe that opportunities should nonetheless be sought to conduct joint activities which would benefit both organisations. Existing examples include the joint AUTM/LES USA and Canada meetings.
The Task Force believes that Organisations falling into the second category seem to offer the best opportunity for LES outreach and engagement. Many have substantial memberships engaged in business development based on intellectual property. With a few exceptions (such as BIO in the United States), LES has not engaged with such organisations, except on an occasional basis.
Finally, the Task Force further believes that it would probably be best for Organisations falling into the third category to engage with the national societies (where one is present). LESI can play a role in facilitating such contacts and in outreaching to national organisations located in those countries in which there is no LES national society.
Questions on which Consultation/Comments are sought
1. Is the categorization of organisations and the resultant conclusions correct?
2. Is the proposition that organisations in the second category offer the greatest opportunities for outreach correct?
3. Do national societies need any additional support from LESI in their countries in supporting outreach programmes?