As Chair of the Greater Washington, DC Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), I have been privileged to host many distinguished speakers over the years. This month is no exception.
The state of patents is a big question. After years of relentless attack from lobbyists and academia, the value of patents dropped significantly. Corporations have developed a sue me attitude, and countless patents were considered worthless by the somewhat clueless Supreme Court (absent Scalia things have gotten worse). The single biggest bright spot, however, is Trump’s appointment of Andre Iancu as the USPTO Director and his ongoing effort to rebuild both the Office and the patent system itself. It is critical to restore faith and honor to the patent system, and Director Iancu is on this quest – as am I.
With the above in mind, LES is honored to have the new Deputy Director Laura Peter speak at our Symposia. The roster also includes Bob Held, the current President of LES, Mark Lauroesch, Executive Director at the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO), Sanjay Prasad and Everado Ruiz, Palo Alto IP Strategists, Ken Porter, a Director at the University of Maryland, and me.
The event starts at 3 PM on January 23, 2019, with a reception following Deputy Director Peter’s presentation. I will reprise my historical sweep of technology, patenting and famous inventors at 6 PM, followed by another reception. I hope that you can make it.
The link to the event is: https://www.lesusacanada.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1187185&group=160111