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Protection of Intellectual Property in the Supply Chain

“Crystal Palace” Dickinson Brothers Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851 Hyde Park

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) is an ANSI accredited standards developer that empowers, connects, and celebrates intellectual property professionals through education, best practices, networking, participating and mentoring — i.e. the classic non-profit trade association business model.   The work of LES should be of interest to the education industry which regards itself as the primary source of new knowledge.[1]

From the LES mission statement:

Across the world, innovation is the principal source of differentiated and defensible competitive advantage for individuals and enterprises. Innovation is the basis of advantaged products and services, and it drives sales and profits. It is the source of jobs. It is the engine of the global economy. Yet the intricacies of IC management are not well-understood by our political, financial, and business leaders.

In addition, in business schools around the world, IC management is not treated seriously as a business subject. In fact, to the extent it is dealt with at all, IC management is taught as a legal subject, not as the management of the largest component of value in the modern enterprise (i.e. 80 percent of the equity value of publicly traded companies). IC valuation, the business processes employed in IC management (both risk mitigation and value extraction), IC sharing and protection with third parties, and IC strategy are barely touched upon.

IC and its value are, therefore, nearly invisible to most of our business, financial, and political leaders and thinkers. They have little, if any, grounding in it. There is little accounting for it. And very often, no one outside the legal department has explicit responsibility for its protection and management.

We do not advocate in the LES suite at the moment but we track its best practice discovery.  It is time well spent, following the action in educational units finding, and bringing to market, new knowledge.

“The Palace of Art and Industry 1862” | W.E. Hodgkin

Earlier this year (before early phase of the pandemic) LES posted notice of public consultation on another title in its bibliography: Management System for the Protection of Intellectual Property in the Supply Chain.  From the project prospectus:

This standard defines a common set of expectations for what organizations can and should do to protect all types of their own IP and the IP of customers, suppliers, and partners. The Committee’s vision is to achieve standardization around how organizations develop and implement an intellectual property protection management system. This standard seeks to supplement legal and contractual IP protection methods through performance standards and business processes and practices that define the management systems required to protect all types of intellectual property (IP) in the global supply chain. The LES Standards Development Organization encourages IP thought leaders around the globe to participate in the public review and comment of LES draft standards as part of the standardization development process. As an Accredited Standards Developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), LES provides the 60-day public review period to encourage manufacturers, distributors, and any interested stakeholder to represent each organization’s best interests while helping to shape this field for the future.

The public consultation window closed May 26th.  

We have no information about its status as of this posting; a common condition among non-profit standards setting organizations since March.  We expect that when any LES title is in motion it will announced on the link below:

LES Standards Home Page

Most research universities compete to be recognized as the new knowledge leader and have substantial intellectual property protection enterprises to harvest licensing revenue.  These universities have large marketing units to make the accomplishments of its staff known to the public.  The number of staff involved in marketing and administration may exceed the number of staff creating new knowledge.

We encourage innovation and technology management enterprises in the education industry to communicate directly with the Licensing Executives Society about participation and/or membership.  Contact: Kelli Baxter, (703) 234-4088, kbaxter@les.org, 12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130, Reston, VA 20190.   We maintain the LES suite on the standing agenda of our Human Resource teleconferences.  See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.


Issue: [18-362] [20-86]

Category: Academics, Administration & Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Christine Fisher, Jack Janveja

Source: ANSI Standards Action Page 23

Workspace / Intellectual Property


National Institute of Standards and Technology: January 2018 Green Paper

Q&A with LES FRAND Licensing Standards Committee Co-Chairs Matteo Sabattini and Brian Scarpelli

AAU: Comment on Intellectual Property

AUTM: August 2018 Letter to US Secretary of State

ISO/TC 279 Innovation Management

Standards Michigan Related Post on ISO/TC 279


Posted September 25, 2018

“The Crystal Palace from the northeast during the Great Exhibition of 1851” | Edwin Dickinson



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Uniform Plumbing Code

“Blue Niagara” 1884 / George Inness

The IAPMO Group has launched a new revision cycle for one of its flagship regulatory products.  The current edition is the 2021 UPC.   IAPMO is now accepting public input on the 2024 Edition.   The landing page for IAPMO all standards action is linked below:

IAPMO Code Development


We have been tracking several proposals that deal with the nature and number of water closets and venting systems in education facilities; school food preparation and sewage systems; and piping materials for all occupancy classifications.   To get a sense of the action, and what concepts may inform the proposals we make for the 2023 revision, the original proposals for the 2021 editions appear in the documents linked below:

Uniform Plumbing Code Report on Proposals | 854 pages

Technical committee response to proposed changes to the 2021 UPC is linked below:

Uniform Plumbing Code Report on Comments | 910 Pages

Note the following concepts related to education communities:

  • Number of fixtures (i.e. toilets and hand-wash sinks)
  • Dormitory and locker room shower and bathing facilities
  • Sewage flow rates per occupancy class (e.g. differences in elementary v. secondary schools)
  • Drinking fountains
  • Laboratory emergency shower and eyewash station water availability, quality and temperature
  • Cafeteria kitchens (steam tables, grease traps)
  • Gender-issues (labeling, ratios)
  • Natural noise and vapor mitigation

We encourage academic unit facility managers, front line plumbing tradespersons, their shop foremen and others who have “nuts and bolts” experience with plumbing systems in education facilities to become engaged in the IAPMO code development process.   War stories, operating data and solutions that reduce #TotalCostofOwnership always welcomed.

Public Input is due January 4, 2021.   CLICK HERE for information about how to do so.

You may communicate directly with IAPMO’s standards staff here: IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials) 4755 E. Philadelphia Street Ontario, CA 91761 Office: (909) 472-4241 Gabriella Davis gaby.davis@iapmo.org.  We will also place this standard, and all other water safety and sustainability standards on the agenda of our monthly Mechanical and Water teleconferences.  See our CALENDAR for the next online teleconference.  Use the login credentials at the top of our home page to join.

Issue: [12-059] [17-299] [20-007]

Category: Plumbing, Water

Colleagues:  Ron George, Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel

Workspace / IAPMO Group









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