The Licensing Executives Society is holding its Annual Meeting in Chicago at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers September 26-29. Themed ‘Deals, Deals and more Deals’ the meeting will focus on the critical role IP plays in today’s most successful business strategies and will explore ways to leverage IP to maximize deal-making and profitability. This is the premier meeting of the year for IP licensing and business development professionals.

Plenary Highlights

The SuperFreakonomics of IP Licensing – Do Patents Slow Innovation? – Steven Levitt, co-author of the New York Times best-seller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything and its recent follow-up SuperFreakonomics, will present a keynote address on the unintended impact of the patent system on innovation. He will also discuss his groundbreaking research on the effects of incentives on economics and market behavior as they relate to innovation. A book signing will follow Mr. Levitt’s presentation.  You can buy SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner via Amazon.

Is the U.S. Patent System Under Siege: Congress, the PTO, the FTC and the Supreme Court –The Honorable Judge Paul Michel, retired Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will look at the many challenges facing the U.S. patent system including the reform legislation currently pending in Congress, the USPTO’s efforts to reduce backlogs and improve the quality of issued patents, and increased scrutiny by the Supreme Court and FTC.

IP as a National Responsibility: A Global Outlook for Strategies, Policies and Laws — Economist and Former Vice Presidential Candidate Pat Choate, will join John Whealan, Associate Dean of Intellectual Property Law at George Washington University Law School and Suzanne Michel, Deputy Director of FTC’s Office of Policy Planning to discuss how the United States, Europe, Asia and developing countries might leverage IP to secure future wealth and what this could mean for commercial collaboration across national boundaries.

IP100 Recap: IP Hot Topics 2010 — Over the course of 2010, LES has hosted innovative IP100 forums comprised of high-level IP leaders who have analyzed several hot IP topics. This panel will revisit the topics, review previous findings and discuss what we’ve learned from the world-class IP100 panels about best practices in licensing. Key ‘take-aways’ will be included in a white paper available after the meeting for attendees.

Register now here and save!  Rates increase $100 on September 1st.

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