LES Hungary is happy to invite all young members to the 5th Pan European LESI Young Member Congress on 15 September in Budapest.

In the previous years the LESI Young Members Society had amazing meetings in Vienna, Paris, Munich and in Madrid. All of these occasions offered LESI’s young professionals a great daytime program with valuable insight to and discussions of the most current IP and licensing, finishing the event with networking dinners of great fun.

Aspiring to continue the tradition the organizing committee gladly announces that the registration for the Budapest event is now open, so please join us for the next exciting, contentful and fun Pan-European LESI YMC Congress!

For more information and registration details, plese visit the YMC 2017 website

Digital disruption – IP in the new era

The board of LES Scandinavia invites you to the 2017 annual conference of LES Scandinavia on 11 and12 September in Copenhagen. The title and theme of the conference is “Digital disruption – IP in the new era”. The conference take place at Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen. The Nimb Hotel is conveniently located just across from the Central station with direct access to the Tivoli Gardens – One of Copenhagen´s cosiest spots.

The Programme will include

  • Insights on disruption management, strategies and business models
    • This topic will be covered by speakers from consultancy firms that excel in disruption strategies, such as Dare Disrupt and McKinsey & Co. – as well as companies that invest in and advance disruption, such as IBMUber and Novo Nordisk
  • Updates on challenges, possibilities and developments within information security and big data
    • This topic will be covered by speakers with unique knowledge of trade secrecy trends and legislation, as well as experts within IT security and tools – and companies that utilize big data in disruptive business strategies, such as GN
  • Discussion and elaboration on the future for classic core IP disciplines in a changing world
    • This topic will be covered by speakers with in-depth knowledge of disruption in the IPR field and companies that aim to disrupt the IP world via new solutions for handling and utilizing data, such as DartsIP
  • A deep-dive into considerations around fundamental rights in the digital era
    • This topic will be covered by experts in commercialization of big data as well as experts in fundamental rights under GDPR, which will include Bech-Bruun law firm and DevoTeam


For more information and registration, please visit the LES Scandinavia website

Abstracts of articles of value published in les Nouvelles will now be republished in the SSRN network. SSRN´s eLibrary provides 739,859 research papers from 342,843 researchers across 30 disciplines and is one of the main libraries used by academics. This is one of the first steps to launch Les Nouvelles as an academic journal of note. In addition the layout of the contents of Les Nouvelles has been brought up to the standard that one would expect from an academic journal.

Authors from Benelux feature in Les Nouvelles such as the article by Patricia Cappuyns and Jozefien Vanherpe that appeared in the March 2017 edition of Les Nouvelles and is now available on SSRN: Cappuyns, Patricia and Vanherpe, Jozefien, Are We There Yet? Recent Obstacles on the Rocky Road to the Unitary Patent (January 30, 2017) 

On March 8, 2017, members of the LES Benelux Board celebrated a special dinner with the Guest of Honour – Dr. Nicole Antheunis. Nicole had decided to step down from the Board in 2016 after 10 years of service in the Board. Nicole is a member of LES Benelux, ANBPPI, CIPA, LIEU, and PROTON Europe. Her LES membership was approved in April 2001. Nicole is a Certified Licensing Professional and EuKTS expert, a IP Manager in the tech transfer department, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liege. She was actively involved since 2010 in the Exam Development Committee for Certified Licensing Professionals that she has co-chaired from 2012 to 2015. Nicole worked earlier in her career as research scientist and patent agent at Dow Corning. She is Doctor in Science from Free University of Brussels and has studied Intellectual Property at University of Strasbourg.

Allen Norris, Past President of LES Benelux remembers Nicole:  “My thanks go out to Nicole for her long and distinguished term on the Board. As I recall with great pleasure, it was Nicole’s perseverance which led us to try events at and with academic institutions, starting with the University in Liege, which have since proved most rewarding and have taken their routine place in our yearly calendar of events.”

Allen is correct. She was the initiator of the very successful and highly rated full day Topic Meetings in cooperation with Liege University: on 15 September 2009 on “Tech transfer: what is the best approach ?” ; on 11 October 2012 on “Influence of Intellectual Property in health development; a barrier or an incentive?” and on 10 February 2015 ”Patenting and licensing life-forms’. The venue of these meetings was the Colonster Castle of the University of Liege.

Nicole has been awarded an Honorary membership of LES Benelux.

The current President of LES Benelux, Laura MacDonald, values Nicole highly: “Having Nicole as an enthusiastic colleague on the LES Benelux Board showed me that licensing professionals within public-sector academic institutions can also find the time and energy to seek the sharing of their  expertise, committing their time and limited resources to achieve not only their daily tasks but to contribute to the wider community. LES Benelux has had a long tradition of engagement from its public sector members and Nicole has been a shining example, encouraging the next generation to step up and become involved. We hope that she will use her Honorary membership to continue to inspire and represent the voice of her community.”

Nicole wishes to continue promoting LES among the academic community and to help LES in its licensing and IP information mission.  We wish her well and look forward to continued co-operation with her in the future.

Nicole has the last word: “Last evening was one such event that one never forgets. Thank you again for such nice moments.”


Farewell dinner Nicole Antheunis