Call for Proposals

We are pleased to accept proposals for sessions for the LES 2024 Annual Meeting, “Better Living Through Intellectual Property – Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler.”  The meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA, on October 20-23.

Proposals are due March 1, 2024.

Proposals for the 2024 Annual Meeting should be directed to topics that are true to the theme of the program — that is, topics of practical significance for IP & licensing professionals. Through your submissions and those of others, we are planning a program that will enable the meeting attendees to expand their knowledge and share experiences with regards to issues confronting the licensing professional in the current environment.

Session types and topics. Panels, workshops, and interactive discussions will make up the content of the meeting. Expanding on the theme of the meeting, Better Living Through Intellectual Property, please feel free to submit a proposal directed to one of these topics:

In order to provide the best experience for attendees, presentations should bring a variety of viewpoints to a topic. Consider including representatives from a cross section of the LES membership, including but not limited to private industry, government, and academia; and, as appropriate, representing diverse perspectives, e.g., intellectual capital management, licensing, business development, legal, and regulatory viewpoints.


As part of the submission process, you will be asked to acknowledge your agreement to follow these commitments and convey them to the presenters associated with your submission. Presenting a session at the LES Annual Meeting requires commitment to the organization on several levels:

  • Educational – sessions must be of educational benefit to members, not promotional presentations.
  • Organizational – session leaders must secure speaker commitments, prepare presentation and CLE (see Section 4 below regarding CLE–qualified sessions) materials, and communicate logistics in a timely fashion. Please refer to the timeline below for specific expectations.
  • Financial – workshop speakers are required to cover the cost of their participation by paying the registration fee. LES is a non-profit, volunteer-driven community of IP professionals that relies on the financial participation of meeting attendees to fulfill our mission and develop valuable content and events like the annual meeting.

Proposals will be reviewed by peers on the organizing committee. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate:

  • Complete panels with all requested content and speaker information
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in speaker selection
  • Speakers from diverse professional settings
  • Interactivity with attendees as it relates to content delivery
  • Topics that are applicable across several industries, sectors, and interest groups
  • Educational intent (not promotional presentations)


Due to time and space constraints, not all submissions can be selected for the meeting.

Each session at the 2024 Annual Meeting must comply with the following requirements:

  1. All moderators and speakers must register for the meeting and pay the registration fee [equivalent of the super early bird registration rate – LES members $1295, non-members $1695].
  2. LES must be immediately notified in writing of any speaker changes, which are subject to approval by the Planning Committee.  For presenters who must cancel, they must find a replacement speaker. Cancellations may impact future session selection.
  3. Each workshop session should have a moderator and 3 or 4 speakers. 
  4. There can be no more than one speaker from the same organization in any session.
  5. Each person can only speak in one session per meeting


These conditions must be satisfied for session acceptance and maintained to make the final program.  Non-conforming panels may be removed from the program.

Sessions can become CLE/RTTP/CLP eligible if acceptable written materials are provided. If you are interested in making your session CLE/RTTP/CLP eligible please indicate so in your proposal submission. 

Notification of acceptance will be sent to the submitter after the conclusion of review by March 15, 2024. At that time, submitters will be notified by email of their acceptance.

First, download the below workshop template.

Once the template is complete, click the below link and sign-in. Fill out your details and upload your abstract.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

For any questions about the LES Annual Meeting or the proposal submission process, please contact 2024 LES Annual Meeting Chairs at