Licensing Executives Society Receives ANSI Accreditation as Standards Developer

Building Consensus to Advance Innovation

RESTON, Va.--()--The Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is now an Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). As an Accredited Standards Developer, LES will continue leading the effort toward industry self-regulation of commercial transactions involving technology and intellectual property rights.

Intellectual property is an increasingly important part of the global economy. Durable and reliable intellectual property rights enable us to harness innovation to foster growth in existing industries, and give rise to new ones. LES is the global leader in facilitating transactions involving intellectual property rights through education, standards development, and professional networking. LES is especially well suited to coordinate efforts among all members of the innovation economy to identify and promote ethical practices that will enhance economic efficiency, speed new products to market, and serve the public interest.

ANSI accreditation is the culmination of two and a half years of work by LES to engage stakeholders, devise protocols, and secure ANSI accreditation as a developer of voluntary consensus standards in IP management. Having secured that accreditation, LES will continue recruiting stakeholders who will participate in the ongoing development of IP management standards. Those standards will boost economic development and increase shareholder value by identifying and reducing risks inherent to innovation and product development.

“ANSI’s accreditation of LES is a great step forward for the licensing profession,” LES President and Board Chair Brian O’Shaughnessy says. “It confirms that LES has created an open, transparent, and equitable plan for the development of meaningful voluntary consensus standards for IP management and licensing. By engaging the entire industry, and drawing upon its vast expertise, we will create a rich body of standards that are practical, prudent, and in the public interest.”

ANSI has accredited more than 250 standards developers in a wide variety of industries across the United States. While consensus standards are voluntary, federal policy (OMB Circular A-119) mandates that they be preferred to government regulations and adopted by both private and governmental agencies in lieu of government-unique standards.

“The management of IP and other intangible assets remains largely unaddressed by financial and accounting rules, even as IP value makes up some 70 percent of the equity value of our publicly traded companies,” LES Chair-elect Bill Elkington says. “We encourage IP thought leaders around the globe to participate in this standardization process in order to represent each organization’s best interests and to learn from one another while shaping this field for the future.”

Many diverse members of the innovation economy are already participating in LES Standards, including operating companies (both large and small), universities (both public and private), IP valuation companies, IP consulting companies, IP brokers, and law firms. With ANSI accreditation, that number will grow. The LES Standards initiative comprises five committees: patent licensing, IP brokerage, IP protection in the supply chain, IP valuation, and IP in the boardroom. Membership in LES and LES Standards is open to all. For more information, go to the LES website:

About LES (U.S.A. & Canada)

Established in 1965, LES (U.S.A. & Canada), Inc. is a professional society of 3,000 members engaged in the creation, commercial development, and orderly transfer of intellectual property. LES members include business executives, lawyers, accountants, consultants, scientists, and engineers; and those members represent innovation-oriented enterprises of all sizes, professional services firms, universities, and government labs. LES is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), which has more than 10,000 members worldwide among 32 sister societies representing 90 countries. For more information on LES, visit

About ANSI

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.


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The Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) has been named an Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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for Licensing Executives Society, Inc.
Nicholas Gaffney, 415-732-7801