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Execs from Adobe, Gates Foundation, Nike, Oracle, Seattle Genetics and Starbucks among Powerhouse Presenter Lineup for LES (USA



  Execs from Adobe, Gates Foundation, Nike, Oracle, Seattle Genetics and
  Starbucks among Powerhouse Presenter Lineup for LES (USA & Canada) Meeting
  May 14-16 in Seattle, WA

      Highly diverse program to examine key developments and trends for
 IP-interested business professionals across sectors from high tech and clean
      tech to life sciences, mobile, gaming, consumer products and more

Business Wire

WASHINGTON & SEATTLE -- March 21, 2013

For the first time, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. & Canada), Inc.
will host its Spring Meeting in Seattle, drawing on the innovation hub’s rich
and diverse business community for a powerhouse program featuring executive
presenters from Adobe, HP, Microsoft, Nike Oracle, Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory, PhaseBio, Starbucks, T-Mobile, the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, 343i and other leading organizations.

“Intellectual Property -- in its many forms -- is now a major focus in most
business transactions,” said Tatiana Moore, LES (USA & Canada) President and
Microsoft Manager for Outbound Licensing, Corporate IP&L. “IP considerations
are now often essential to business strategy, collaboration and deal making
across industry sectors. Given this, our Spring Meeting will examine a
spectrum of related topics and foster industry connections in an exciting and
vibrant environment to connect with peers and which offers a rare opportunity
to hear from key players in the nonprofit world and small companies, as well
as business behemoths.”

The meeting, May 14-16, will draw IP-interested business executives, licensing
leaders, representatives from federal and national labs and
internationally-renowned foundations for a program that will explore
late-breaking developments, hot topics and trends impacting the business of IP
and related deal making across the high tech, mobile, clean tech, life
science, consumer products, gaming and other industries.

Through keynote, plenary and interactive workshop sessions, a world-class
lineup of presenters will share insights, expertise and eye-opening lessons
learned. Click here for the complete meeting program.

Highlights include:

Hello Kitty as a Global Licensing & Marketing Phenomenon: Keynote speaker Ray
Hatoyama, Vice Chairman of Sanrio, Japan’s leader in global licensing, will
discuss how he turned the Hello Kitty brand into a worldwide sensation, as
well as Sanrio’s focus on globalization, the localization of their operations
worldwide and the strong growth of global licensing.

Solving the World’s Imminent Problems with Innovative Science: Top executives
from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allen Institute for Brain Science
and the Infectious Disease Research Institute will explain the work of their
organization and the role licensing plays in meeting objectives.

Secondary Patent Market -- Trends and Practice: IP leaders from IBM,
Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser will share diverse
perspectives on the state of the secondary patent market, patent acquisitions
and sales, best practices and the ‘patent bubble.’

IP Perspectives from a Northwest Angel Investor: Former Microsoft executive
turned clean tech angel investor will discuss IP relevance and challenges in
the startup world.

West Coast Software Giants Focus on IP: Adobe, HP, Oracle and Autodesk leaders
explore IP-related hurdles, challenges and opportunities the industry faces
moving into the future.

Life Sciences: A Guide to Turning a Strategic Partnership into an Acquisition:
Leaders from Washington Research Foundation, Seattle Genetics, Cooley Godward,
Ventures West Capital and PhaseBio explore the ins and outs of developing and
managing strategic partnerships and how to transition from partnership to
acquisition.

The LES Foundation’s 2013 International Graduate Student Business Plan
Competition Finals will precede the Spring Meeting, on Monday, May 13^th.
Attendees are invited to watch as finalist teams from across the globe present
their IP-based business plans in hopes of taking home valuable cash and
in-kind prizes. Winners will be announced on May 16th. www.lesfoundation.org.

The LES Spring Meeting will also feature a variety of professional networking
opportunities, including a reception at the Chihuly Garden and Glass with
glass sculptures by acclaimed artist Dale Chihuly.

Register by April 15 and receive a $200 registration discount:
www.lesspring.org.  CLE, CLP and CPE credits are available for this meeting.

About the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc.

Established in 1965, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada),
Inc. (LES) is a professional society comprised of over 4,500 members engaged
in the transfer, use, development and marketing of technology and intellectual
property. The LES membership includes a wide range of professionals, including
business executives, lawyers, licensing consultants, engineers, academicians,
scientists and government officials. Many large corporations, professional
firms, and universities comprise the Society's membership. Licensing
Executives Society (U.S.A. & Canada), Inc. is a member society of the
Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), with a worldwide
membership of more than 10,000 members in 32 national societies, representing
over 90 countries. For more information on LES, see www.lesusacanada.org.

Contact:

for Licensing Executives Society
Lydia Steck, (847) 323.3893
TheCommunicator@comcast.net
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