USC Stevens Center for Innovation hosts international meeting on intellectual property related to Big Data

Thank you to those who attended the event. For photos from the event, see the USC Stevens Facebook album. For the meeting agenda and speakers, click here. 


On Friday, June 16, 2017, the USC Stevens Center for Innovation hosted the 3rd Annual Licensing Executives Society International Young Members Congress Conference (LESI YMC), the youngest and most dynamic intellectual property (IP) licensing event in 2017.

Held in Downtown Los Angeles, the theme of this year’s event was: “Big Data to Smart Data: Use it or Lose It,” and addressed topics such as data security and privacy, computational science and digital healthcare. Registration was free and open to all.

After two successful Pan-American meetings in Chicago (2015) and Ottawa (2016), this year’s LESI YMC meeting was hosted by USC Stevens Center for Innovation in Los Angeles and brought together many North American players that are well-known in the IP licensing world. The schedule of speakers included:

— Welcome by Meeting Co-Chair Shayne Phillips

— Opening Remarks by Brian O’Shaughnessy, President and Chairman of Licensing Executives Society USA & Canada

— Panel 1: Cyber Security: Intersection of issues around data security, trade secrets, regulatory frameworks, and consumer privacy
Natalie Raffoul, Partner, Clancy P.C. + Brion RaffoulPanelists:
Thomas Schachl, Partner, Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann
Walter Kawula, Partner, Hahn Loeser Parks
Gregory Ness, VP of Marketing, Vidder

— Panel 2: Standard Essential Patents/FRAND
Tilman Müller-Stoy, Partner, Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft mbBPanelists:
Sarah Guichard, Senior Counsel, GE Ventures
Mike Pellegrino, President, Pellegrino and Associates
Sherry Rollo, Partner, Hahn Loeser
Tom Gaunt, Partner, Ablett & Stebbing

— Panel 3: Big Data Analytics: Emerging Technologies and Business Models for an Intelligent Future
Vincent Bergeron, Partner, Robic LLPPanelists:
Douglas Graham, CEO, Ideation Inc.
Jennifer Bailey, Partner, Erise IP
Hector Chagoya, Partner, Becerril, Coca & Becerril
Mahdi Amri, Partner, Deloitte

— Panel 4: Digital Healthcare
Lawrence Lau, Associate Director, Corporate Collaborations, Physical and Information Sciences, USC Stevens Center for InnovationPanelists:
Jill H. Gordon, Partner, Co-chair of Life Sciences Practice, Nixon Peabody LLP
David Goldman, Chief Executive Officer, Virtuosity
Skip Rizzo, Director for Medical Virtual Reality; Institute for Creative Technologies, The University of Southern California
Michelle Longmire, MD, Founder, Medable

— Medical Virtual Reality (VR) Demonstration by USC Professor Skip Rizzo

LESI ( is an association of 32 national and regional member societies, who have a shared interest in the transfer of technology, licensing of IP rights, technical know-how, patented inventions, copyright and trademarks. LESI’s Young Members Congress is comprised of members from national and regional LESI Member Societies, generally in the 30 to 40 age range, and aims at providing specific educational and networking opportunities to increase engagement with this subset of rising stars in the IP space.

Traditionally business-oriented, LESI counts among its 11,500+ members management representatives from large multinational companies to small start-ups located all over the globe. Today, however, LESI is more than that. It boasts a membership diverse enough to include scientists, engineers, academicians, governmental officials, lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys and consultants.

For more information, see the event flyer or contact Peijean Tsai, Marketing Coordinator at USC Stevens Center for Innovation at

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation’s mission is to maximize the translation of USC research into products for public benefit through licensing, collaborations, and the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation.

–By USC Stevens staff, published January 20, 2017; updated June 26, 2017.