Licensing Executives Society International to Host a Delegation from Turkey at the Upcoming LESI Global Technology Impact Forum

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The Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI; http://www.LESI.org) announced today that it will host a delegation from Turkey, the ARTEV Platform that is funded by the Istanbul Development Agency at the upcoming LESI Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF; http://www.GTIForum.org), taking place on January 23-25, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. This delegation will present on recent activities in Turkey to promote the management of intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer to further economic growth as well as next generation IP market development.

LESI Global Technology Impact Forum

LESI Global Technology Impact Forum

GTIF has become a focal point of discussion for policy makers and practitioners seeking to develop a global marketplace for technology and the IP which protects it.

The Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI; http://www.LESI.org) announced today that it will host a delegation from Turkey, the ARTEV Platform that is funded by the Istanbul Development Agency at the upcoming LESI Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF; http://www.GTIForum.org), taking place on January 23-25, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. This delegation will present on recent activities in Turkey to promote the management of intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer to further economic growth as well as next generation IP market development.

"GTIF has become a focal point of discussion for policy makers and practitioners seeking to develop a global marketplace for technology and the IP which protects it. We expect Turkey to be the first of many countries to present the local work being done to build an innovation economy,” explained LESI President James E. Malackowski. "Effectively, Turkey will present its case to the world that they are best prepared to be a regional trading center and focal point for IP driven growth."

The Turkish Delegation comprises nine individuals including the President of the Turkish Patent Institute, the General Secretary of TTGV (Technology Development Foundation Turkey), and the Research and Graduate Policies Director of Sabanci University

"The LESI GTIF is a unique opportunity for Turkey to share with global IP business and NGO leadership the many opportunities that exist in our country," explained Prof. Hasan Mandal, the Research and Graduate Policies Director of Sabanci University. "We are working to establish a cooperative platform and an infrastructure that supports and sustains knowledge and experience transfer, internal talent development and training of a qualified workforce that leads research, and technology-based institutions and companies to efficiently manage their intellectual assets, technology transfer activities and commercialization processes."

Platform Partners to the Delegation include a consortium of 5 universities (Sabancı, Koç, Özyeğin, Boğaziçi, and Istanbul Technical) and LES Turkey. Their work is part of the Information-Based Economic Development Program announced by the Istanbul Development Agency for the 2010-2011 term. The Platform aims to generate means and process by which information and technologies are developed, managed, commercialized and maximized as way to foster further R&D and innovative activities thus effectively contribute transition into information based economy.

LESI GTIF will include two days of discussion related to IP valuation standards, developing IP markets and the transfer of IP from developed to developing countries. GTIF is open to the public with registration found at http://www.GTIForum.org.

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.

About the Turkish Delegation

The nine delegates representing the Platform partners, Turkish Patent Institute and TTGV will share the experience of a vibrant and emerging economy as it makes considerable efforts to shift its economic machine to knowledge based economy. The delegates will meet with representatives from WIPO, WTO, CLP and other leading organizations of the IP World to study and evaluate the vision and model of the funding agency, Istanbul Development Agency. In particular, the delegates will seek out ways in which such local, regional or national efforts can be best structured and duplicated so that such local actions can be internationally leveraged to have a global impact and to ultimately contribute to a better World for all.

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