Dear Members,

I am writing to you in this unprecedented time in our history, and I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and sound.

In our more than 40 years of our existence, our society has seen and weathered many storms that have touched our world.  However, few, if any, have come this close to our daily lives, the health of many of us and their loved ones, our businesses, and, short to midterm, the health of the global economy.

Throughout this long journey we have always attempted to support and sustain our members. As we address a pandemic that will doubtlessly become a chapter in the world’s history books, our commitment to our society, and it’s cause should not waver.

Also for us, supporting our LES Benelux members during this crisis period is critical, and we are working on evolving our society to meet your needs and expectations. During this period of uncertainty, the LES Benelux Board and Programme committee are continuously exploring ways to help our members navigate these difficult times.

We had already taken steps early to protect the physical well-being of our members, involving cancellation of upcoming topic days, well before the present restrictions came into force.

As a ray of light in the darkness: Challenging times have always been a catalyst to fast advances in technology, and this is no different at our present time. With the unprecedent development of vaccines and antiviral medications, breathing and personal protection equipment, and global sharing of medical data, many of our established processes are drawn into question, such as IP-based business models that are common practice in the healthcare industry. New approaches are rapidly gaining traction, e.g. responsible licensing, and sharing of resources.

Hence we are not sitting back, but are planning on setting up ways to remotely maintain our presence, such as podcasts and webinars dedicated to technology transfer and licensing, with a likely kick-off in on life sciences and the medical equipment area. We are also considering other means of keeping our community and network alive, and will draw on new technologies and resources to make a difference for us all.

Please visit the LES Benelux website to see the new approaches and tools during this unprecedented time.

Lastly, all that remains me for today, is to thank you for being a LES Benelux member, and Godspeed to all of you and your loved ones!

Dr Achim Krebs

President LES Benelux

The LESI Annual Meeting will be held in Berlin on 16 – 20 May 2020. Information about the 2020 annual meeting may be found online at https://lesi2020.de/

Protecting Organizational Trade Secrets In View Of The EU Trade Secrets Directive by Kevin Nachtrab

Implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2016 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure (hereinafter the “Directive”) requires organizations to take various measures to ensure their trade secrets can enjoy the protection provided for by the applicable member state. In the accompanying articles in this issue, various commentators have made recommendations for actions to take to claim that protection. This article seeks to gather and summarize those recommendations in a coherent fashion, so that organizations may maximize the possibility of securing such protection for their trade secrets

See the LESI website to read the whole article

Fifty-six organizations from a diverse range of industries, up and down the innovation value chain, are pleased to announce today the publication of a set of guidelines on the licensing of standard-essential patents (hashtag#SEPs) https://lnkd.in/eipKYFv. Read more

les Nouvelles June 2019 Article of the Month “Arbitration & Mediation—ICC Patent Arbitration” by Bradley Lui of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

This chapter addresses patent arbitration under the rules provided by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The ICC rules are fairly sparse and allow for a great deal of flexibility, either in a contract containing an arbitration clause or in the conduct of the arbitral proceedings themselves. Despite the potential for flexibility, in practice there are a handful of authoritative treatises and several norms and customs governing ICC arbitration. Click here to read the whole article.

Please, click here for a report written by Bruno Vandermeulen about the IMDM held in Yokohama, May 2019

At the LES International Delegates Meeting in San Diego the LES Benelux society was granted with a LESI Award for most outstanding event.

Trainers of LES Benelux have been together with the co-organizers of LES China and with Martin Schneider, chair of the LESI Education Committee, a leader in the Licensing Seminar held in Beijing in the autumn of 2017.

During the Annual General Meeting in Rotterdam on 12 June 2018 Jean-Christophe Troussel, board member of LES International, handed over the Award to Laura MacDonald, past president, and Bill Bird, current president of LES Benelux.

Bruno Vandermeulen was awarded a Certificate of Merit for all his work done as chair and member of the LES International European Committee and the close ties he maintained with the European Commission in Brussels which provided up-to-date information on major changes in European IP Legislation.