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Welcome to our International Annual Conference

Dear friends of LES around the world and dear future members of LES around the world.


It is my privilege and honour to invite you at the 44th LES International Conference in Brussels, from April 12 to 15, 2015. LES Benelux, the hosting Society, has been extremely smart in setting up a stimulating working program and amazing social events.


Actually the theme of the conference is "Creating value in tomorrow's smart economy - towards 2020 and beyond". The highest professionals of the leading corporations in the world will be there willing to share with you their views, plans and methods to build a smarter world.


Brussels is the seat of the major European Union governing organizations, this meeting will also help you to understand better the objectives of these policy makers which will undoubtedly have a strong impact on your business in the future.


Brussels is located in the centre of Europe, close to all European capitals and major business cities, this location will enable you to combine the conference with additional business.


So many good reasons to attend. Be smart, be part of us in April.


Arnaud Michel

President LES International


...and a warm welcome from the LES Benelux President


LES Benelux has been selected to host the LES International Annual Conference 2015 in Brussels, Belgium from 10–15 April. We expect to welcome between 400 and 600 IP specialists, executives, decision makers and opinion leaders from all around the world. As the capital city of European policy making and corporate affairs, and as a central hub within Europe, Brussels offers these participants an attractive forum and many opportunities to combine this conference with other business meetings.  


LESI is an international organisation active in the promotion of IP licensing and transfer of technology throughout the world and which unites  national societies such as LES India, LES USA & Canada, LES Brasil, LES France. Speakers will include EC Commissioners, CEOs of (international) technology companies, tech entrepreneurs, lawyers, attorneys and other actors in the field of licensing and technology transfer.


All board members and the members of the Program and Organizing Committee 2015 are very excited about this major event, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of LES Benelux. We are committed to make it a landmark success.


The theme of the conference will be ‘Creating value in tomorrow's smart economy - towards 2020 and beyond’"Smart economy" combines in substance  successful elements of the enterprise economy and the innovation or ‘ideas’ economy, while promoting a high-quality environment, improving energy, environment, security and promoting social cohesion."Smart economy" has the objective of harnessing the ingenuity and creativity of people to drive research, innovation and commercialization. It has, at its core, the creation of an exemplary research, innovation and commercialization ecosystem. It is, therefore in the DNA of what LES is about and of what its members work at on a daily basis.


The conference will be held in the Steigenberger Grandhotel in Brussels. Two major networking events are scheduled: the Monday evening dinner will be held in the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts and the gala dinner on Wednesday evening will be held at the Steigenberger Grandhotel.

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Jean-Christophe Troussel 

President LES Benelux 

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Chair Organizing Committee


Program Committee


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Laura MacDonald 

Peter Burö Andre Clerix

Patrice Vanderbeeken