The Licensing Executives Society International Announces Global Technology Impact Forum 2012 Event Program

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The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) announced the 2012 program agenda for the inaugural Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) to take place January 23-25, 2012 at the Hotel InterContinental in Geneva, Switzerland.

LESI Global Technology Impact Forum

LESI Global Technology Impact Forum

"Innovation policy directly impacts both commercial business and humanitarian programs. With a strong combination of the most senior of NGO Directors alongside corporate Chief IP Officers, GTIF 2012 is literally a who's who of the IP markets."

The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), an association of 32 national and regional societies each composed of individual members dedicated to advancing the business of intellectual property globally, announced the 2012 program agenda for the inaugural Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) to take place January 23-25, 2012 at the Hotel InterContinental in Geneva, Switzerland.

“The LESI Global Technology Impact Forum 2012 will be the largest gathering to date of leading non-governmental organizations addressing intellectual property (IP) economic development and technology transfer for the betterment of mankind,” stated James E. Malackowski, LESI President. "Innovation policy directly impacts both commercial business and humanitarian programs. With a strong combination of the most senior of NGO Directors alongside corporate Chief IP Officers, GTIF 2012 is literally a who's who of the IP markets."

The two-day program begins with panels addressing the global policy, business and economic outlook on intellectual property. GTIF attendees can then choose to attend three concurrent afternoon sessions: Creating Business Value from Intellectual Property, supported by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); Development of a Global Economic Marketplace for IP, chaired by the World Trade Organization (WTO); or Technology Diffusion to Developing Nations, organized by ICC and WIPO. Representatives from each of the three sessions will share reports with the entire attendance on the following day.

Day one also boasts the opening of the Invent for Humanity marketplace, featuring campaigns to transfer life-changing appropriate technology to benefit the developing world. Day two features national delegation panels including those from Turkey and China, each addressing IP development in their respective countries. The Forum wraps up with board-to-board power networking sessions.

At present, over 25 global organizations representing three interest groups – Intellectual Property Protection & Harmonization, Trade & Economic Development, and Technology Transfer & Standards – will participate. More than 100 business and legal executives are also expected.

"In addition to the Invent for Humanity™ Technology Transfer Exchange Fair, activities of GTIF 2012 will ensure a strong foundation for the next generation of intellectual property licensing and technology transfer service for the betterment of mankind," explains Malackowski.

A list of the inaugural event’s invited organizations is available at GTIForum.org. Individuals and the media may register to participate in the proceedings by visiting GTIForum.org/Register.

About the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI)
Founded in 1972, the mission of the LESI is to function as a non-profit professional organization supporting LES member societies in: setting and maintaining global professional standards for licensing executives; facilitating professional networking between members of LES societies; providing quality educational content for member societies; and serving as liaison between leading global organizations and policy forums concerning the significance and importance of licensing and other transfer of technology and intellectual property rights. LESI represents more than 12,000 individual members in over 90 countries. Visit LESI.org for more information.

About the LESI Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF)
The LESI Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) is an annual event, hosted by the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), developed to coordinate and publicize the efforts of premier global non-profit and non-governmental organizations dedicated to the promotion of IP licensing and technology transfer for the betterment of mankind. Invited organizations are representative of three interest groups: IP Protection & Harmonization; Trade & Economic Development; and Technology Transfer & Standards.

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