Winds of Change LES 2023 Annual Meeting

Tag: Startups

Location: Ballroom
Time: 9:15 – 10:00 AM

Session description:

Join us on October 16th for a captivating fireside chat with Andrei Iancu, former Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Walter Copan, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology. In this exclusive conversation, these thought leaders will provide new insight on the Renewing American Innovation project, revisiting our earlier conversation and shedding new light on what it will take for the United States to continue its technological and innovation leadership. They will also address the increasingly important role of both standards and intellectual property, and will explore how LES’s growing portfolio of consensus-based standards in intellectual property and intellectual capital management fit in the landscape of American innovation.

Whether you were part of our previous conversation or are joining us for the first time, this follow-on fireside chat, moderated by the LES Standards board Chair Will Cottrell, promises to be an enlightening and insightful event for both licensing professional and other curious minds. Reserve your seat now and be part of the discussion.

Location: Clark
Time: 3:45 – 4:45 PM

Session description:

Venture capitalists and universities got together for over 1-1/2 years and hashed out a template License Agreement that, if adopted by more universities and investors, could greatly speed up negotiations. The template agreement allows for negotiations around issues of particular importance to the parties but uses standard definitions and traditional compromises to make the process more efficient and effective. This is just the beginning of a deal-making trend that you need to know about!

Location: Ballroom
Time: 4:45 – 5:30 PM

Session description:

Location: Ballroom
Time: 9:15 – 10:15 AM

Session description:

The panel will bring together speakers from a philanthropic venture fund/foundation, technology transfer office of an academic institution, a research and drug development company, and a private equity investment fund. The panel will explore the economic, scientific, social and even personal interests the parties have in funding and carrying out translational research. From funding of early stage research at an academic institution to drug development and commercialization at a biotechnology company, the panel will address the roles of funding from a disease-focused philanthropic venture fund and private equity investment. How transactions between the funders and research organizations can support drug development and also benefit the various stakeholders. The panel will consider successful strategies for structuring transactions between the parties that will lead to therapeutic development and optimal economic benefits for all.

Location: Addison
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Session description:

University-industry collaboration is a powerful tool for leveraging resources and expertise to support innovative solutions to global issues and commerce. Maximizing the value of such collaborations, however, requires diligence and attention to manage and align the different perspectives and legal interest of the parties.

This session will provide a practical overview of the substantive legal issues, strategies, and common pitfalls around launching and managing successful university-industry collaborations via mechanisms that include startups, sponsored research, licensing, and industry consortia.

A panel of legal experts with complementary backgrounds will lead this discussion, casting a wide net around topics ranging from matching industry-university participants to scoping statements of work, managing information exchange, collaborating on intellectual property and licensing matters, and addressing financial terms and compliance.

Audience participation is encouraged, so come with your questions and war stories as this will be an interactive session!

Takeaways that will be highlighted include –
1. Harmonizing common sticking point deal terms with industry-university participants, policies and interests.
2. Aligning license and business terms to maximize commercial opportunities.
3. Practical approaches to address background and foreground IP rights.
4. Best practices to meet industry-university expectations and avoid breach.
5. Approaches for resolving disputes and potential for fallout.