Membership Information

The Association of Corporate Patent Counsel (ACPC) was organized in 1966 and since then has provided a unique and leading forum that brings together the leaders of the corporate intellectual property operations of U.S. businesses to discuss issues of interest. The ACPC has meetings in the winter and summer at which participants have the opportunity to meet their peers and exchange information regarding the management of intellectual property and intellectual property departments, as well to discuss developments in the law from the perspective of the IP owner or user.

ACPC holds two national meetings per year — one in January and one in June. Prospective members are invited to attend one meeting at the Regular Member rate before joining ACPC. Afterwards, if an individual decides to become a member, ACPC will waive their first year of dues.


Membership Benefits


ACPC provides the opportunity for you to meet and get to know your peers at other companies. Every meeting includes social and recreational activities that will give you the opportunity to get to know other members. Many business relationships have been established and disputes resolved from relationships established at ACPC.

ACPC provides high quality guest speakers who discuss topics of interest to IP owners and users. Speakers keep their presentations short, to the point, and focused on what you really need to know.


If you are like most chief IP counsel, you are interested in benchmarking best practices for running your department. ACPC provides a unique forum where you can continuously exchange information on IP office management with your peers, both informally and through presentations. For example, every ACPC meeting features two presentations by chief IP counsel on IP operations at their companies.


Membership in ACPC provides insight to best practices for companies in its organization, which is accomplished through a survey. Information gathered includes: company information, such as sales/revenue and R&D spend; IP organization information, such as number of employees in various roles within the IP group; finance information, such as budget (labor and external spend) information for the IP group and overall legal function; patent portfolio information (detailed); trademark portfolio information (basic); and outside counsel information, such as usage and average costs for various patent services.

Survey responses are kept confidential and available only to the ACPC Executive Director, staff and any external consultants. All reported information is aggregated and de-identified to maintain anonymity. The Benchmarking Survey is available only to Regular Members who participate in the survey.


These are only some of the benefits of membership in ACPC.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a member, please contact ACPC at 952-646-2036.  


Membership Categories/Criteria


  • Full-time employee of a U.S. corporation or an international corporation traded on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ or any US equivalent stock exchange
  • Must be General Patent Counsel (or equivalent)
  • Co-Counsel in event of no General Patent Counsel or Head (or equivalent) of a Patent Department
  • No other member of your company or an affiliated company is already a Regular member
  • Member of U.S. patent bar 
  • Not an employee at a university or LLC
  • Attendance at meetings is a requirement
  • $1,000.00 annual dues  



  • Managing patent attorney in a key role within U.S. corporation or an international corporation traded on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ or any US equivalent stock exchange, as follows:
    • Subsidiary: Meets all requirements of Regular Membership except employer is a subsidiary of another corporation which has an existing active member.  Must be no direct or indirect reporting relationship between the Associate Member and the Regular Member.
    • Business Unit:  If a corporation, with an existing Regular Member and with multiple business units, meets the following criteria, that corporation may allow additional Associate Members:
      • the business unit has a total of 3 or more patent lawyers and agents reporting to the head of the patent department of that business unit; and
      • the business unit files at least 25 priority patent applications in a calendar year, where a priority patent application is the first filing of any world-wide application for a patent that does not claim priority from another ealier filed patent application so as to take advantage of the filing date of information disclosed in that earlier patent application; and
      • the business unit has a total world-wide revenue of at least $2,000,000; and
      • the existing Regular Member recommends membership of the Associate Member.
  • Member of U.S. patent bar
  • Not an employee at a university or LLC
  • Attendance at meetings is a requirement
  • Non-voting member
  • $1,000.00 annual dues



  • Former Regular Member for at least 4 years
  • Member's dues are up to date
  • Member is in compliance with attendance requirements
  • $500.00 annual dues

    For a change in membership status, a formal request must be submitted to and approved by the Executive Committee.
    Mail to: ACPC, 5841 Cedar Lake Road, Suite 204, Minneapolis, MN 55416
    Fax to: ACPC, 952-545-6073 
    or Email to:



  • Has no income from the practice of law
  • Does not pay dues

Membership Fees

Regular Member: $1,000 annually
Subsidiary/Business Unit Member: $1,000 annually
Emeritus: $500.00 annually
Inactive Emeritus: no membership fee      

For a membership application, click here.

All applications are subject to ACPC Executive Committee approval.