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Michigan Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society Announces May 22 Meeting

Developing a licensing program and first to file patent reform shift are on meeting agenda

Ann Arbor, MICH—May 16, 2013 – The Michigan Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) announces its next meeting will be held on Wednesday May 22, 2013 at the Ann Arbor office of intellectual property law firm, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione.

The Licensing Executives Society is a professional society comprised of over 6,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development, manufacture and marketing of intellectual property. The Michigan Chapter is led by Michael Spink, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., and Mark A. Robinson, Managing Director of Ann Arbor-based KOIOS Consulting Group, LLC. The meeting is designed to meet the interests of entrepreneurs, CEOs, CFOs, venture capitalists, academics, auto industry and manufacturing executives and other involved with IP and IP licensing.

At the May 22 meeting, Peter Kim of Irvine Pointe Advisory, LLC, will offer insights on “Preparing for a Licensing Campaign.” Kim will talk about the lessons he learned over his decade of experience working at Rambus, Acacia Research, IPVALUE Management, and Walker Digital. His presentation will share the “nuts and bolts” of developing a licensing program.

Eric Sosenko, a shareholder at Brinks and chair of the firm’s task force on patent reform, will discuss “Putting Corporate Intelligence to Use in a Post-AIA World.” One of the central provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which went into effect on March 16, 2013, changed the U.S. system of awarding rights to a patent from a “first-to-invent” system to a “first inventor-to-file” system for patent applications filed on or after March 16. The law also expands the definition of prior art used in determining patentability. Sosenko will address the importance of corporate intelligence in this AIA world.

LES Michigan Chapter Meeting
When: May 22, 2013: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, 524 South Main Street, Suite 200, Ann Arbor 48104-2921; (734) 302-6000
Registration: The cost is $20 to attend and includes lunch. Register online here or contact Mike Spink at or 734.302.6000.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at