Gide partner Arnaud Michel has been appointed President of LES International (Licensing Executives Society) at its international delegates assembly, held in Moscow on Sunday 18 May.
LES International (LESI) is one of the main international organisations active in the field of intellectual property, recognised worldwide by patents offices, national authorities and the European Commission. Its 10,000 members globally are grouped into 32 national and regional societies, covering over 100 countries. Its object is to promote and advance intellectual property rights, in particular through technology transfers and licensing. LESI members are drawn from the industrial sector, intellectual property rights development companies and liberal professionals alike, all active in the field.
A recognised specialist in intellectual property, both in contentious and non-contentious issues, and in EU law, Arnaud Michel has been a Gide partner since 1988. He headed the Firm’s Brussels office from 1986 to 1993. Arnaud is also an expert to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a member of a number of professional organisations, the President of LES France from 2002 to 2004 and the President of APRAM (Association of Trade Mark and Design Law Practitioners) from 2000 to end 2001. He is the author of a number of works in the intellectual property field.
The last French President of LESI was Thierry Sueur, Air Liquide Director of intellectual property and European & international affairs, in 2002.
Speaking about his appointment, Arnaud Michel said: “The strength of LES International comes from its deep roots in industry. It is an honour and a challenge to chair this impressive IP organisation, in a world where the role of IP is constantly growing and changing.”