Mentoring Tomorrow's IP Licensing Leaders

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

Throughout the competition, participating teams work closely with seasoned professionals to discover concepts that take many years of experience to learn. For more than a month, LES members mentored eight finalist teams from Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the United States on the intellectual property strategy aspects of their plans in preparation for the final round of the Competition, which was hosted at Baker Hostetler offices, Washington, DC in conjunction with the Licensing Executives Society Spring Meeting. The eight competitors presented business plans and videos in live virtual sessions and responded to questions from a panel of 12 on-site and at-large global experts, representing more than 200 collective years of business and IP strategy experience. The first round of the Competition took place over three months, during which time the teams had access to IP strategy mentors from LES and IP analysis tools.

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The competition is now in its 13th year. It is designed to partner professionals and student start-up companies, which have received less than $200,000 of investment funding, with senior leaders in the licensing and intellectual property (IP) community as a way to provide mentorship and education about business basics and best practices in IP and licensing transactions. Approved plans submitted to the competition must include a core intellectual property component and strategies describing how the intellectual property will be used to achieve overall business plan objectives. Throughout the competition, participating teams work closely with seasoned professionals to discover concepts that could otherwise take many years of experience to learn.

Why Choose the LES Foundation Competition?


Frank Barnes Mentor Award

The Frank Barnes Mentor Award is an annual award given to a deserving executive, who has, like Frank Barnes, mentored many licensing executives. This award will be presented each year at the LES (USA & Canada) Annual Meeting.