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Conference highlights: 2013 LESI Annual Meeting in Rio de Janeiro

Published on: 26 April 2013

During the four days of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) - held from 7th to 10th April 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, more than 200 practitioners working in the intellectual property field took the chance to learn more about the business opportunities in Brazil. They networked with international business leaders, met with peers from the licensing community, and got to hear about the business environment in Brazil. The presentations held at the conference were focused on helping attendees improve their knowledge of licensing practice and obtain a wider perspective. But the most important part was meeting and discussing with colleagues, clients and friends all over the world.

The conference was hosted at the Windsor Atlantica Hotel located in close proximity to the famous beach of Copacabana. The conference hotel offered the participants a wonderful view of the gorgeous seaside and the beach life, so it was easy to understand why the coffee breaks and luncheons were appreciated so much.

Among the participants at the conference, were two of our experts from the Dennemeyer Group. Our CEO Dr. Reinhold Nowak and Dirk Kromm, Patent Attorney and Head of IP Consulting Europe. They were pleased to have the opportunity to attend the various presentations and workshops, and learn more about the needs and preferences of IP practitioners from various industries and IP law firms.

The agenda of the LESI 2013 was focused on topics closely related to South America and Brazil, including licensing, innovation and commercialization in this region. In addition, topics such as technology transfer, counterfeiting, piracy, parallel importation, recent judicial decisions and IP valuation were covered during presentations and workshops. Two of the most debated subjects concerned experiences in relation to the America Invents Act as well as the upcoming European Union patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

Besides other prominent speakers, the Honourable Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, talked about the “The Most Pressing Issues in IP Law Today”. His speech made suggestions in relation to what IP means today and the effects on the wider economy.

Among the most popular sessions worth mentioning were the presentations concerning “Technology Transfer Rules and Regulations in Latin America” held by Veronica Canese Mendez (Argentina), Rodolfo Martinez (Brazil), Esteban Riofrio (Chile), Osvaldo Amaral (Mexico), Rafael Márquez (Peru), and Juan Carlos Cuesta (Venezuela), who all gave a perfect overview of the technology transfer rules and regulations in the most prominent countries in South America.

Various regional gastronomic specialties, such as exotic fruits, were offered and enjoyed by the attendees during the lunch breaks. Not surprisingly, given that the conference took place in Brazil at the pleasantly situated Clube Caiçaras and the scenic Clube do Rio de Janeiro, the evening’s events were brought to life by samba rhythms and colourful costumes, savoured along with an ice-cold beer or a caipirinha.