Become A Member

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 meetings give participants 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. The meeting kicks off with a Welcome Reception great for networking with peers. Professional Programming is held Monday through Wednesday morning. Benchmarking Sessions are held on Tuesday afternoon, and a plated dinner with entertainment takes place Tuesday evening. ACPC also offers additional activities such as a golf tournament, tennis, a women’s networking lunch, and activities that help attendees experience their host city. 

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 dues through January 31st of the upcoming year!

 

We welcome you to review our membership brochure for more
information about ACPC and the benefits we provide our membership! 

Click here to view the ACPC Membership Brochure


 

Membership Categories/Criteria
To be eligible for membership, a person should meet each of the following criteria

REGULAR MEMBER

  • Full Time employee [regardless of whether or not you traded on an exchange], 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 (exceptions made with Executive Committee’s approval)

  • Not an employee at a university

  • Able to attend ACPC meetings on a regular basis.

  • Payment of annual dues

  • Approval subject to ACPC Executive Committee review 

SUBSIDIARY/BUSINESS UNIT MEMBER (Non-voting member)

  • Managing patent attorney in a key role within U.S. corporation [regardless of whether or not you traded on an exchange], 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 earlier 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 (exceptions made with Executive Committee’s approval)

  • Not an employee at a university

  • Able to attend ACPC meetings on a regular basis

  • Payment of annual dues

  • Approval subject to ACPC Executive Committee review 

EMERITUS

  • Former Regular Member in good standing 

  • Able to attend ACPC meetings on a regular basis.

  • Payment of annual dues for emeritus members

  • Approval subject to ACPC Executive Committee review 

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 
Email to: info@acpcnet.org


Membership Fees

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


Membership Application

To apply for ACPC membership, please click here to fill out an application and submit to info@acpcnet.org

All applications are subject to ACPC Executive Committee approval.  

Please contact the Executive Office at info@acpcnet.org or 952-646-2036 with questions.