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.

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!
 



Membership categories/CRITERIA

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

REGULAR MEMBER
  • 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 (exceptions made with Executive Committee’s approval)

  • Not an employee at a university or LLC

  • Able to attend ACPC meetings on a regular basis.

  • Payment of annual dues

  • Approval subject to ACPC Executive Committee review

Annual Fee: $1,000

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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 

Annual Fee: $1,000

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EMERITUS (Non-voting member)
  • Former Regular Member in good standing 

  • Able to attend ACPC meetings on a regular basis.

  • Required to pay annual dues for emeritus members
     
  • ACPC Executive Committee review and approval is required

Annual Fee: $500

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FAQs

How do I become a member of ACPC?

To become a regular member of ACPC, you must be able to answer “yes” to the following membership criteria and then complete our Membership Application. All applications are subject to ACPC Executive Committee approval.
I am:

  • a 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

  • a General Patent Counsel (or equivalent) OR a Co-Counsel in event of no General Patent Counsel or Head (or equivalent) of a Patent Department

  • a member of the U.S. patent bar

    • If you are not a member of the patent bar, you may still be eligible for membership. Please submit a completed membership application toinfo@acpcnet.org and inform them you are not a member of the bar but would like to become a member of ACPC.

  • not an employee at a university or LLC

  • able to attend the Winter and Summer meetings on a regular basis

  • aware that no other member of my company or an affiliated company is already a Regular Member.

    • Please refer to the actual By-Laws Section 2 (click here) or contact ACPC at info@acpcnet.org  if you have any questions.

    • If your company or an affiliated company is already a Regular Member, please see the Subsidiary/Business Unit membership criteria.

Am I Allowed To Attend an ACPC Meeting if I Am Not a Member of ACPC? ACPC allows prospective members 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. ACPC meetings are otherwise only available to members and invited guests.

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

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

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