The Licensing Executives Society-Arab Countries (LES-AC) was first established in 1997 under the name "Arab Licensing and Technology Transfer Society (ALTTS)", as an Arab professional body addressing licensing and technology transfer issues. The Society aimed at providing technical assistance to specialists and interested parties in the Arab countries.
Since its establishment, the Society had worked hard to join the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) in order to acquire international recognition via its membership in a specialized international entity. These efforts were successful and the Society joined LESI in 1998 during its Annual Meeting held in Miami, USA. Thus, the new name of the Society became the Licensing Executives Society – Arab Countries (LES-AC).
Being a member of LESI facilitated the Society's objectives, benefiting from existing international efforts in this field and acquiring other expertise, as well as learning from the technical results of other national societies that are LESI members.
LESI, considered to be the "mother" organization, is a non-profit entity that promotes international cooperation in the field of licensing and technology transfer. This international Society comprises thirty two national and regional societies, including LES-AC.
LES-AC represents the countries of the Arab League. Membership is open to all individuals who are specialized or interested in licensing, technology transfer and research and development (R&D) in the Arab world.