President’s Message – for 2019 to 2020
Dear Fellow Members of LES Singapore,
Our Society had its beginnings as the Licensing Society (Singapore) (LSS) which was officially launched at the Licensing Asia 1999 Conference on 6 November 1999. LSS was admitted as a member of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) in May 2000 and the Society was renamed as Licensing Executives Society (Singapore). Hence, this year 2020 would be the 21st anniversary of the founding of LES Singapore.
We have much to celebrate and be thankful for. One of our founding members, Audrey Yap, has been elected as the President of LESI for the term 2020 – 2021. We are all rightfully proud and honored to have Audrey as the President of LESI and will give our unstinting support for her term.
LES Singapore strives to be a vibrant society, bringing value to its members. To foster the knowledge of Licensing issues and Intellectual Property rights, LES Singapore organizes various events where members can enjoy thought provoking seminars presented by expert speakers and panelist. These events also provide a good opportunity for members to network with like-minded professionals and individuals. A list of the events that LES Singapore has organized recently include :
With the Covid 19 situation, we have had to adapt from our usual in-person seminars to presently conducting online webinars. However, one good outcome is that LESI and the various country societies are also conducting many webinars of interesting topics. These webinars are available to LES Singapore members to log on and participate.
LES Singapore had been selected to host the LES Asia Pacific conference in Singapore. The initial plan was to host an in-person conference in Singapore in August 2020. For this purpose, the facilities at Maxwell Chambers had been booked and even the dinner venue at Aura, The National Gallery had been reserved for the event. However, in light of the ongoing restrictions on large scale meetings and travel restrictions, the event will now be held as a fully online even in October 2020. We hope all our members will join us for this event when we publish more details about it.
Moving ahead, we all have to adapt to the new circumstances. The Basic and Intermediate Licensing courses which LES Singapore holds each year with IPOS in November will also have to be modified to be conducted online and via a virtual classroom. Nevertheless, we will do our best to keep relevant and continue to organize seminars and events to allow our members to keep abreast of developments in the licensing industry and Intellectual Property field. We also hope to foster closer interaction with the various LES chapters in the Asia Pacific region, so as to increase networking opportunities and knowledge sharing about trends that may be useful in our members line of work.
I hope to be able to meet up with all members again once the situation improves. Till then, please keep healthy and stay safe!