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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – September 14, 2017 – Michael N. Spink, an intellectual property attorney and shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, announced the Michigan Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) will host a meeting in Traverse City, Mich. on Sept. 21 with the theme of leveraging intellectual property to increase business value. Spink is a co-chair of the Michigan chapter of LES, which is an international professional society comprised of nearly 3,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development, manufacture and marketing of intellectual property.

Preceded by a networking reception, the Sept. 21 event will feature a panel of industry experts presenting perspectives on how to identify, utilize and license IP, how IP strategies are adapting to rapidly evolving technologies, and how this is impacting deal flow and valuation. Panelists include Jamie Kemler, Vice President of Intellectual Property Business Strategy for Stryker Corporation, Bryce Pilz, Director of Licensing for the University of Michigan Tech Transfer, and Skip Simms, Senior Vice President of Ann Arbor SPARK.

The event runs from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For pricing and registration information, or to learn more about LES and the Michigan chapter, please visit the LES Michigan chapter website page.

About LES (USA and Canada)

Established in 1956, LES (USA and Canada) is a professional society of nearly 3,000 members engaged in the creation, commercial development and orderly transfer of intellectual property. LES is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), which has more than 10,000 members world-wide.

Brinks Gilson & Lione

Celebrating its centennial year in 2017, Brinks Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the US, and helps clients around the world to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights.  Our more than 140 lawyers, patent agents and scientific advisors assist clients in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, and copyright law.  Brinks attorneys provide informed counsel with respect to innovations in a range of complex and valuable technologies, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, bioengineering, industrial manufacturing, electronics and software, and medical devices.  More information is at