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 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.

ACPC allows prospective members who meet the regular member requirements to attend one meeting at the regular member rate before joining ACPC. Afterwards, if an individual decides to become a member within six months of that meeting, ACPC will waive their dues through January 31st of the upcoming year! In order to attend the upcoming meeting as a prospective member, we ask that you please complete the regular membership application and indicate you are a prospective member. The ACPC Executive Committee will then review and confirm that you qualify for membership. Once it is confirmed that you qualify for membership, we will send you login information so you may register for the upcoming meeting.

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



Membership categories/CRITERIA

To be eligible for membership, a person should meet each of the following criteria

REGULAR MEMBER
  • Professionally qualified in the patent profession

  • Shall occupy the position of General Patent Counsel (or equivalent), Co-Counsel in the event of no General Patent Counsel, or Head (or equivalent) of a Patent Department

  • Be a full time employee of

    • (a) a corporation organized under the laws of the United States or

    • (b) a public corporation organized under the laws of a country other than the United States and whose stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ or any US equivalent stock exchange

  • Holds one or more patents for purposes of the operation of the business of the corporation

  • Able to attend ACPC meetings on a regular basis.

  • Payment of annual dues

  • Only one individual from a corporation can be a Regular member of ACPC at any given time

Approval subject to ACPC Executive Committee review


Annual Fee: $1,200

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SUBSIDIARY/BUSINESS UNIT MEMBER (Non-voting member)
  • Subsidiary: In the event that person would be an otherwise eligible to be a Regular member but for the corporation employer being a subsidiary of another corporation which has an existing Regular member, such person will be eligible for membership as a Subsidiary member provided that there is no direct or indirect reporting relationship between the Subsidiary member and the parent corporation’s Regular member.

  • Business Unit: If a corporation with an existing Regular member has multiple business units, the Regular member may nominate a subordinate employee for Business Unit membership if that employee holds this role of General Patent Counsel (or equivalent) or Head (or equivalent) of a Patent Department for a business unit of the Regular member’s corporation.

  • Able to attend ACPC meetings on a regular basis

  • Payment of annual dues

Approval subject to ACPC Executive Committee review 


Annual Fee: $1,200

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EMERITUS (Non-voting member)
  • Former Regular, Subsidiary or Business Unit member who is no longer qualified for Regular, Subsidiary or Business Unit membership

  • Able to attend ACPC meetings on a regular basis

  • Payment of annual dues

Approval subject to ACPC Executive Committee review


Tier I Annual Fee: $800
Companies/organizations with 24 or fewer total employees (inclusive of attorneys, paralegals, agents, assistants, sole practitioners, etc.)

Tier II Annual Fee: $1, 200
Companies/organizations with 25+ total employees (inclusive of attorneys, paralegals, agents, assistants, sole practitioners, etc.)

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