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The Licensing Executives Society International, or LES International, (LESI, or formally "LES International, Inc." [1]) is a not for profit, non-political, umbrella organisation [1] having 31 national and regional member societies, interested in technology transfers or licensing of intellectual property rights. It was founded in 1965 in the United States. [1]

The Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), has a worldwide membership of over 30 national societies, representing over 80 countries and 12,000 individual members. Read the LESI Annual Report.


Member societies


United States and Canada Region

The Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) Inc. (LES USA/Canada) is a professional society with approximately 6,000 members engaged in Intellectual Property commerce (the use, sale, transfer, development, marketing, and management of intellectual property and other intangible assets).

The LES USA/Canada 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.

What Sets LES USA/Canada apart:

Membership Members identify networking as the number one benefit of membership in LES. Ample opportunities are available at national, local chapter, and international conferences and meetings for member interaction. Read the rules of conduct for members here.

Networking LES USA/Canada members enjoy formal and informal opportunities to share information on best practices, trends and the latest licensing resources. With more than 30 local chapters in key technology transfer centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, LES USA/Canada offers a full calendar of education and networking events. Through meetings, educational programs, and ongoing contact, LES USA/Canada brings together a broad range of licensing professionals with common interests and similar professional goals. LES USA/Canada provides members with the ability to respond to a changing business environment, through annual and seasonal meetings. These networking opportunities are open to all, with LES USA/Canada members receiving substantial discounts.

Education Besides outstanding meetings, LES USA/Canada offers two main types of educational programs each year, the Technology Transfer Seminars and the Professional Development Series. Both programs attract individuals and teams span a wide spectrum of job functions and industries and provide an abundance of the premier education opportunities for which LES is known. For more information on these programs, please visit Education.

Local Chapters There are more than thirty chapters of LES USA/Canada. Chapters are located in geographic areas where there are sufficient concentrations of LES USA/Canada members. LES USA/Canada local chapters hold periodic meetings at which members and outside speakers make presentations on topics relevant to technology transfer and licensing. Participation in chapter activities helps members connect and develop relationships on a local level. Find out what events are happening at the LES USA/Canada local chapter nearest you!

Industry Sectors and Committees LES members can choose to participate in one of LES USA/Canada's many professional committees and industry sectors. The committees are frequently the focal points of activity for many LES USA/Canada members. Members have 20 committee and sectors to choose from, including Women in Licensing, Industry/University and Government Interface, International, Consumer Products, Health Care, IP Bankruptcy, Small Business, High Technology, etc.

Licensing Foundation The Trustees of LES USA/Canada formed a new organization to continue and expand the activities of the former Endowment Committee. On November 22, 2000 the Licensing Foundation, Inc. was registered as a not-for-profit corporation with the Secretary of State of Delaware and approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c(3) corporation. The Foundation is presently funded solely by contributions from LES USA/Canada. Our long-term goal is to obtain additional funds from individuals and organizations that have benefited from the licensing profession. The Foundation provides an opportunity for sharing the increased wealth created by the growth of licensing throughout the world. The Foundation is also a perfect vehicle to contribute back to the licensing profession through your estate planning.


The LES publishes a quarterly journal called les Nouvelles.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c LESI web site, About LESI. History section. Consulted on March 21, 2007.
  2. ^ les Nouvelles

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