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.
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.
SUBSIDIARY/BUSINESS UNIT MEMBER
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.