FAQs


How Do I Become a Regular 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 to info@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.

Approval subject to ACPC Executive Committee review 

How Do I Become a Subsidiary/Business Unit Member of ACPC?

To become a Subsidiary/Business Unit member of ACPC, you must be able to answer “yes” to the following membership criteria and then complete our Subsidiary/Business Unit 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 to info@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 there is another member of my company or an affiliated company who is already a Regular Member.

Approval subject to ACPC Executive Committee review 

How Do I Become an Emeritus Member of ACPC?

To become an emeritus member of ACPC, you must be able to answer “yes” to the following membership criteria and then submit a written request for change in membership status to info@acpcnet.org. All requests for change in membership status are subject to ACPC Executive Committee approval.

  • I feel that I am a former Regular Member in good standing 
  • I am able to attend ACPC meetings on a regular basis.
  • I agree to pay annual dues for my emeritus membership

Approval subject to ACPC Executive Committee review 

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.

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