Common ACPC Meeting FAQs

Am I allowed to attend an ACPC meeting if I am not a member?
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.

ACPC meetings are otherwise exclusive to members and invited guests.


How can I speak at an upcoming meeting?
If you would like to speak at an upcoming meeting, please submit a topic proposal with speakers and compensations requirements to info@acpcnet.org.

  • Please note as compensation, ACPC typically waives the meeting registration for speakers which includes access to the professional programming, breakfast, receptions, the Tuesday dinner, and the afternoon benchmarking sessions. Hotel, airfare, optional activities, and spouse/guest registration is typically at the speaker's own expense.


Can I sponsor or exhibit at an ACPC meeting?
ACPC offers sponsorship opportunities to its members and invited speakers only. We do not have exhibitors at our meetings.


How do I obtain a refund for a meeting I have already registered for?
Refunds are not generally allowed and members are encouraged to send an alternate. However, you can send a formal request to info@acpcnet.org which will be reviewed by the Executive Committee. If granted, the Executive Committee generally credits the amount towards the next upcoming meeting.


Why are the registration fees higher for a regular member guest than an alternate?
The regular member's membership dues subsidize the meeting registration fee. Since an alternate is attending the meeting in the place of the regular member, the meeting registration fee is the same for the alternative as for the regular member.  Since a regular member guest (2nd in command) is attending in addition to the regular member, higher registration fees for the regular member guest may apply.


What activities can my spouse/guest attend?
Spouses/guests of members are allowed to attend the breakfast, receptions, Tuesday dinner and afternoon excursions. These events/activities are at the spouses/guests own expense. Spouses/guests are not allowed to attend the professional programming, women's networking lunch or benchmarking sessions.


What activities can my child attend?
Children may attend breakfast Monday through Wednesday, if accompanied by a paying adult and any of the afternoon excursions. Age restrictions may apply on the afternoon activities.

Children are not allowed to attend ACPC professional programming, receptions, women’s networking lunch, benchmarking sessions, or Tuesday dinner.


Does ACPC provide babysitting services during the meetings?
ACPC is happy to assist you in securing babysitting services during our meetings. Should you need services, please notify info@acpcnet.org at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting.


How do I get a copy of the results of ACPC’s annual Benchmarking Survey presented at the summer meetings?
The  Benchmarking Survey report was established in Summer of 2017 and was written and produced by Association of Corporate Patent Counsel (ACPC).  This report is provided under controlled distribution and is not generally available to the public. No redistribution or sharing, either in whole or in part, is allowed without written permission from ACPC.

  • ACPC members who participate in the survey will receive the complete survey report via email.
  • ACPC members who are current on their dues have access to a subset version of the survey report. To access this, please to go the past meetings tab (under Meetings), select the meeting you wish to view benchmarking slides for, and click on speaker presentations.

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