les Nouvelles December 2017 Article of the Month

To What Extent Are University IP Policies Legally Binding? Part 3: Visiting Scientists” by Philip Mendes.


In Part 1 of this paper (September 2016 issue of les Nouvelles) the extent to which a university IP policy was binding upon university staff was considered. In Part 2 (December 2016 issue of les Nouvelles), that question was considered in relation to students.

Part 3 concludes this series by considering the question of the extent to which a university IP policy is binding upon a visiting scientist, that is, a scientist employed by one university (the employer university) who visits and undertakes research at another university (the host university)

The first Pan-Asian LES Young Members Conference will take place in Hong Kong on Friday, 30 November 2018.

Are you interested to attend, to speak or to sponsor?

Please contact David Swain, Chair of the Organizing Committee of this event.


Join your fellow members in the LES Benelux Network App, a new communication tool which should strengthen our community and give us new ways to exchange on information and ideas to foster the licensing topic we have in common. This Network app, which is a trial in 2017, is a user friendly way to connect to all LES Benelux members and to reach to Topic Day attendees even if they are not members of LES Benelux yet. Members can make optimum use of the knowledge in the group and are able to exchange know-how and make appointments with one another all year round.

How it (net)works

Download the free Networkapp from the iOS Appstore,  Google Playstore or Windows Phone Store

  • Register for the Networkapp with LinkedIn or your email
  • Enter your personal code. If you did not receive your code yet, please ask the secretariat
  • You can start right away by posting your quest or looking for new contacts in the list of
  • Participants


LES Italy invites you to attend two of their meetings

Judicial Protection of Standard Essential Patents

Torino (Italy), 30th October 2017 – h.9.15 / 18.00

Organized by LES Italy together with the Italian School for the Judiciary (Scuola Superiore di Magistratura), the conference will highlight the main legal issues affecting Standards Essential Patents.

The conference will be held in Italian and a translation service to English will be provided.

Download the full program.

International Technology Transfer – Licensing and ADR

Milano (Italy), 28th November 2017 – h.9.30 / 18.00

Organized by LES Italy together with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, the conference aims to bring together European and international LES speakers from industry, research organizations and legal practice to present their extensive experience at the frontline of IP licensing and technology transfer in different fields (mechanical, sport goods, internet of things ect.); it also promotes the understanding of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options in international IP and in particular technology licensing disputes.

This conference will be held in English.

Download the full program

For additional information and to register, please contact media@les-italy.org.



Invitation to European Brain Employer’Workshop on 13 October, 2017 (16:00 – 18:00)

Hans Van de Velde, LL.M., Expert in People at Work: “How to Get the Most out of the 10% of Your Employees with ‘Special’ Brains”

In conjunction with the annual conference of  ADHD Europe, a pre-conference workshop has been planned since the European Union* decided to support our initiative to raise awareness about adults with ‘special’ brains in the workplace, focusing on their strengths and talents that can far outweigh their limitations, given the correct conditions. If you would like to find out how to earn the distinction “European Brain Employer” for your company, this is an important event for you. You will learn about this and a lot more during this two-hour interactive workshop, which could be life changing for you and the future of your company.

This event is aimed at employers, Human Resource and Line managers as well as employees and recruitment personnel. Those who would like to become Brain Ambassadors would gain a lot of insight into what this entails were they to attend as would personal assistants and coaches.

Location: MAI conference Center, Rue Washington 40, 1050 Brussels

As mentioned, attendance at this conference is free of charge but registration is requested: click here

The LES Benelux board is proud to invite you for the Topic Meeting on Complex Licensing Clauses to be held on Wednesday 15 November 2017 at the Faculty Club in Leuven (BE).

Great speakers will share their expertise and experiences and discuss various related topics with the audience

Among our acknowledged speakers:

  • Robert van Galen, NautaDutilh, Amsterdam
  • Stan Brijs, NautaDutilh Brussels
  • Nicolas Petit, Professor of Law at the University of Liège
  • Alexander Haertel of Kather Augenstein, Düsseldorf
  • Bart van Oosterhout, Deloitte Extended Enterprise Risk Management, Brussels
  • Reini van Leeuwen, IP consultant, The Hague
  • Carmen Correa Martin of the Erasmus MC Rotterdam
  • Kevin Nachtrab of Johnson & Johnson

Please click here for the full program, general information and registration form

Already over 25 participants have registered for the LES Benelux Licensing Course 2017. The course will be held at the historic Faculty Club in Leuven (BE) on 13 and 14 November 2017.

During two days participants will follow the path of drafting an agreement from start till finish. The course includes presentations relating to key aspects of Licensing Practice such as IP Basics, Due Diligence, Valuation and Competition Law as well as participative workshops on negotiation, IP strategy and agreement drafting.

Do you want to join? Visit our course webpage for more info and registration.

We are now planning the topics and meetings for next year, so it is not too late to suggest a topic or theme you would like to see being either all or part of a meeting. It is by listening to you, the Membership, that we can keep the Society interesting and relevant to all our members.  On this theme, there is a lot of interest and collegial fun to be had in helping to organize meetings, so if you would like to get involved and assist, the Program Committee is always open to volunteers. You can send your reaction to secretariat@les-benelux.org.

Board of LES Benelux

Up-coming 5th Pan European LES YMC conference (YMC is for LES Members of 40 or below 40 years of age) to be held in Budapest, Hungary on 15 September 2017.

We are happy to announce that we have opened the registration for conference!

Please find here a link for more information and a preliminary program plan for your kind reference.