Intellectual, rather than industrial, assets are the currency of the new economy. The present and future policies for these assets were the backdrop for the 2002 Licensing Executives Society (LES) U.S.A. and Canada spring meeting, concluded this past week in Washington, D.C.
Leading policy makers from the Department of Commerce, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office addressed LES on the state of the regulatory and policy frameworks governing the discovery, development and transfer of intellectual property.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce Bruce Mehlman assured the group that the work of licensing executives "is absolutely critical to our efforts" to develop and formulate economic policy and reminded LES that "intellectual property rights are a core driver of technology-led economic development."
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