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Navigating the Website

Q: How do I log on to the website?

A: Go to http://www.aipla.org. The Home page has a section where you can log in. If it is your first time logging in, click on “Click to Join AIPLA,” and enter in your email address. If you are a member, then your email address will exist in our system in which case, you can click on “Forgot Password” and an email will be sent to you so you can set your password. When you log back in, your email address will be your login User Name. If you are not a member, then your email address will not exist in our system, in which case, you can then click “Register Now” to register and create an account and password. The next time you login, you will use the email address you used to create your account as your login User Name. If it is not your first time and you forgot your password, see the answer to the question below to find out how to retrieve your password. We recommend that you log in before exploring the website, as several areas can only be viewed by Members of the Association.

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Q: What if I don’t know my password?

A: Look for the section of the Home page with the log in boxes. Click on the link that reads “Forgot Password.” Enter the e-mail address we have on file for you, and you will receive an email with a link to reset your password.

Q: I can’t seem to log onto the AIPLA website. What should I do?

A: Contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780 or email aipla@aipla.org, and we will reset your password for you. If you’ve tried these alternatives and are still unable to access the website, contact our Webmaster, Randy Sagara at rsagara@aipla.org.

Q: How can I view and/or update my profile?

A: Once you’ve logged into the website, click on "Member Center." Then, click on “My AIPLA Profile,” and you will be able to view/update your profile, including changing your password.

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Membership

Q: What are the benefits of being a member?

A: Go to “About AIPLA,” and click on “Join AIPLA.” In the middle of the page, you’ll see a link to the “Membership Benefits Brochure.”

Q: How can I become a member of AIPLA?

A: We have several membership categories covering a range of professionals in the Intellectual Property Law field. To see if you qualify for membership and to find more information about AIPLA dues, go to "About AIPLA," and click on the link for “Join AIPLA.” Then, you can look through the “Membership Categories and Rates.” After you discover whether or not you qualify, you can either “Join Today” online or download the application.

Q: Can I apply for AIPLA membership online?

A: Yes! You can join AIPLA through the website by either clicking the “Join AIPLA” button located in the top left hand corner of the website or by going to the Member Center and clicking on the “Join AIPLA” link.

Q: I am not sure which membership category I fit into. Who should I contact to determine this?

A: Our Membership Department will be able to help you find the right fit for your situation. Contact them at membership@aipla.org or ask for the Membership Department at 703-415-0780 at any time if you have a question. You can also click here​ to download a hard copy of the membership application, which outlines the different member categories and fees. 

Q: Can I pay my dues/renew my membership online?

A: Yes. Once you’ve logged into the site, click on “Member Center.” Click on the icon that says “Renew.” If your dues are not current, the screen will prompt you to pay them online. If you are paid up for the membership year, a notice will appear on the screen letting you know.

Q: Can I pay my dues/renew my membership over the phone?

A: Yes. Please contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780.

Q: How do I find out my current membership status?

A: Under “Member Center,” click on “My AIPLA Profile.” Then, on the right side, you’ll see “My Membership.” Click on that, and you’ll be able to check on your status.

Q: I paid my annual membership dues but just received a past due notice. Who do I talk to about this?

A: Our Membership Department works very hard to ensure that all records are kept as up-to-date as possible. Even so, occasionally, a dues notice and its payment may cross in the mail. If you are unsure about your membership status, contact our Membership Department at membership@aipla.org or ask for the Membership Department at 703-415-0780. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Q: Do I get a membership discount for being a solo practitioner or working at a small law firm?

A: Yes. There is a 5% discount for qualified Regular and Junior members who are employed by firms with two or fewer practicing attorneys. Please contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780 to find out if you are a qualified member.

Q: Is my firm a member of AIPLA?

A: No. AIPLA is an individual membership organization and we currently do not have a firm membership category.

Q: How can I find/contact an AIPLA member?

A: You must be a member of AIPLA to access our Member Directory. First, log in to the website as a member. From the Home page, go to the Member Center. Then, click on “Member Directory.”  After reading through the Terms and Conditions, click on the link at the bottom of the page to proceed to the online member directory. On the next page, you can search by name, organization, region, member type, committee involvement, and/or practice area.

Q: Why can’t I find complete contact information in the Membership Directory?

A: As a voluntary individual membership organization, we take our members’ privacy concerns very seriously. Members have the option to be “opted out” of the directory.

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Webinars/CLE

Q: What if I haven’t received the materials I need for a webinar?

A: Materials are typically emailed 24-48 hours before air time. If you haven’t received them by that time, please check your spam mail to see if they were directed there. If you still can't find it, you can contact our CLE coordinator at ralleyne@aipla.org. 

Q: How do I get CLE credit for a webinar?

A: Final webinar materials contain complete CLE processing instructions. Please reference final webinar materials upon receipt.

Q: Where can I find information about CLE credit for an upcoming webinar?

A: You can find CLE credit information for upcoming webinars by clicking on “Webinars” under "Learning Center/Meetings." You can then click on any webinar, and on the next page, you can scroll down to see the CLE credit information at the bottom of the page. Note that some webinars do not have CLE accreditation. 

Q: Where can I find information about CLE credits for past webinars?

A: Please contact the CLE department at CLE@aipla.org.

Q: How do I get CLE credits for meetings and past meetings?

A: Complete CLE information is provided on site for each meeting. If credit is needed after the event, please contact the CLE department at CLE@aipla.org.

Q: By when do I need to send in my CLE papers (attendance roster) in order to get credit for a webinar?

A: The date by which you need to send in the papers is given on the attendance roster that you received with the materials. We must receive the attendance roster in order to process CLE credits. Some states also require a completed evaluation. Please read through the materials carefully to ensure maximum accreditation.

Q: How do I get the solo practitioner rate for a webinar?

A: The solo practitioner rate is only available to members, and it is $75 for CLE-accredited webinars. If you are a member and you would like this rate, please contact the CLE department at CLE@aipla.org or contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780.

Q: If I’m registering groups at multiple locations, do I need to register each of them separately?

A: Groups of people registering at the same location (i.e. using the same link in the same room) can reference applicable registration fees on the “Register Now” page for the webinar you would like to attend. However, if you have groups at multiple locations, each location will require a unique registration. 

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Meetings/Events

Q: How can I find information on upcoming AIPLA programs?

A: Go to the Learning Center/Meetings section of the website. On the left side of the page, click on "Future Meetings Calendar." This page has a comprehensive list containing all upcoming AIPLA programs (except for webinars), including our stated meetings, traveling seminars and programs, and roadshows. It also features upcoming programming from other Associations.

Q: Where can I find information on the Annual Meeting or other stated meetings?

A: Go to the Learning Center/Meetings section of the website. On the left side of the page, click on "Future Meetings Calendar."

Q: I would like to register for an AIPLA meeting online. How can I do that?

A: Go to the Future Meetings Calendar, and if registration online is available, you will be able to click on the meeting you would like to attend.

Q: I don’t see a link to the program for which I would like to register. How can I register for this program?

A: If you don’t see the program listed, registration may not yet be open. Please contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780 to find out when registration will be open.

Q: How can I access/purchase the materials or recordings from a past AIPLA program?

A: If you are an attendee of the meeting: You have access to all materials, except for the audio, on our website as soon as the meeting starts. Go to "Learning Center/Meetings" and then "Library." Click on “Meeting Papers.” You can also download our mobile app during the course of the meeting to access all of these materials. Download the app with your iphone/android device, and use your email address as the login. The password is specific to the meeting you’re attending. The audio will be sent out as a CD (which includes all materials) about 3 months after the meeting. 

If you are a member who didn’t attend: All meeting materials (except for the audio) are available online one year after the meeting. Go to "Learning Center/Meetings" and then "Library." Click on “Meeting Papers.” The audio is available as a CD (which includes all materials) for purchase through our online store, which you can access under "Learning Center/Meetings." You must be logged in to the website to access the online store. 

If you are not a member and didn’t attend: All materials are available to purchase as CDs through our online store, which you can access under "Learning Center/Meetings." You must be logged in to the website to access the online store.

Q: How can I find CLE credit information for an upcoming AIPLA program?

A: We apply for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education credit in all states that offer such programs and are pre-approved for most programs in most states. CLE credit information is posted as part of the information given for each program listed in the “Future Meetings Calendar” under “Learning Center/Meetings.” If you do not see CLE credit information for that program, it means there is no available CLE credit for that program. Information on CLE credit can also be found at the program itself by going to the Registration Desk or CLE Booth.

Q: I work for the government and would like to attend an AIPLA meeting. Is there a special rate for government employees?

A: Yes. Depending on the meeting, the program’s registration form should list a special rate for government employees. You do not need to be a member of the Association to get this rate. If there is no specific rate listed, please contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780 or send a message to our Meetings Department at meetings@aipla.org.

Q: I am a law student/graduate affiliate member and would like to attend an AIPLA meeting. Is there a special rate?

A: Yes. Depending on the meeting, the program’s registration form should list a special rate for law student/graduate affiliate members. If there is no specific rate listed, please contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780 or send a message to our Meetings Department at meetings@aipla.org.

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Advocacy

Q: Where can I find AIPLA’s comments to proposed legislation on Capitol Hill?

A: Go to "IP Policy & Advocacy." On the left side of the page, you will find links to AIPLA’s Congressional, Executive, Judicial, and International comments, testimony, and statements regarding various IP issues. As a Member, logged into the website, you can view past AIPLA Reports for concise reports on AIPLA’s advocacy related activities.

Q: I have not received an AIPLA Direct e-mail in some time. What’s going on?

A: If you have a new email address but haven’t registered the new email address with AIPLA, we’re probably sending it to the old address. If you’ve changed your email address, please contact AIPLA’s Membership Department at membership@aipla.org or call AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780 to update your information.

If neither of the above applies to you, you may want to check with your IT Department. Some more stringent firewalls may block AIPLA Direct because of its html format without the proper permissions.

Also, AIPLA Direct does not come out on a regular schedule, as it comes out as issues make news. It’s possible that we haven’t sent one out in up to over a month.

Q: How can I find back issues of AIPLA Direct?

A: AIPLA Direct archives are located under "Resources." The archives are only accessible to AIPLA members, so be sure to log in before accessing this area.

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Educational Materials/Library

Q: How do I get my copy of the Report of the Economic Survey as a member?

A: For members, a digital version of the Economic Survey is available if you are a current member. Note that you will not have access to the Survey until after you have paid your dues. If you would like a print version of the Survey and you have never received one, please make a request by email at aipla@aipla.org or contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780.

For nonmembers, please refer to the next question.

Q: How do I order the Report of the Economic Survey and/or other AIPLA publications?

A: Go to "Learning Center/Meetings" and click on “Library.” Then, click on “Books and Other Publications.” Look on the left side for the publication that you want.

For Economic Surveys, click on the desired Survey; there is an icon for each year a Survey was published. If you want the 2015 Survey, you can either download an order form or purchase it in the online store. For all other Surveys, you can download an order form but cannot purchase it online. If you are a member, Surveys can also be accessed online through the digital version by clicking on the desired Survey and then on the next page, clicking on the Survey icon. (PLEASE NOTE: This version is read-only. You cannot copy or print this version from the website.)

For Quarterly Journals, you can click on “Quarterly Journal” and then click on “Subscription Information.” On the right side, you’ll see a link to the order form. You can either purchase single/double issues or subscribe for publications from any year. If you are a member, you can also access the current issue and archived issues online by clicking on "Quarterly Journal." If you are a nonmember and would like to purchase a subscription online, you can go to "Learning Center/Meetings" and click on “Online Store.” There you can click on “Subscriptions” under “Browse Store Categories” and then you’ll see an option for either the digital version or the print version of the Quarterly Journal. You cannot purchase single or double issues of the Quarterly Journal online. Only subscriptions.

Under “Other Publications,” you’ll find publications that you can access online, most likely only if you’re a member.

Finally, if you want to order books co-published with Bloomberg, you can click on that option and find links to the order page for all of our different books. If you have any questions, contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780 for more information. 

We also offer subscription to the AIPLA eBulletin (published online three times each year). You can go to "Learning Center/Meetings," then click on “Online Store.” Under “Browse Store Categories,” you can click on “Subscriptions,” and you’ll see the selection for eBulletin.

Q: How can I view the digital version of the Economic Survey?

A: To view the Economic Survey online, you must be a current member of the Association (have paid your dues) and logged into the website. Go to "Learning Center/Meetings," and click on “Library.” Then, click on “Books and Other Publications.” Look on the left side, and click on “Economic Survey.” After you click on the desired Survey, you will see an icon for the Survey on the next page. Click on the icon. (PLEASE NOTE: This version is read-only. You cannot copy or print this version from the website.)

Q: How often does the Report of the Economic Survey come out?

A: The Report of the Economic Survey is issued once every other year (i.e. 2007, 2009, 2011).

Q: What if I haven’t received the most recent Quarterly Journal(s)?

A: Please submit a claim or contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780.

Q: Can I request a publication to be sent to me by expedited shipping?

A: Yes. You must contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780 and make the request. You will be charged the difference between regular shipping and expedited shipping.

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Professional Development

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Q: How can I be listed in the AIPLA Arbitration and Mediation Registry?

A: Go to the Resources section of the website. Click on the link for the Alternative Dispute Resolution. Complete the online form and send it, along with the appropriate payment, to AIPLA. If you have any questions about the registry, you may contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780 or the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. The Committee’s contact information can be found by clicking on “Committee Center” and then “Committee Pages.” There you will see the link to the “Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee”’s profile.

Q: How can I find a Mentor or participate in the Mentoring Program.

A: There are a couple of ways to become involved in the AIPLA Mentoring program. Go to the Member Center section of the website and click on the link for "Mentoring." There you can download the Mentoring Guidelines and contact the Mentoring Committee.You can also go directly to the Mentoring Committee’s microsite to find additional information. You can directly contact the Committee Leadership from this page.

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Student Information

Q: Are there any scholarships available to students?

A: Yes. AIPLA is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation for its two scholarships: the Sidney B Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship and the Jan Jancin Award. In addition, AIPLA sponsors two additional competitions detailed below. To view the available programs and submission deadlines, go to the Resources section and then "Programs/Awards" to find out more. This page will give you information on previous recipients and a link to the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation.

Q: Are there any upcoming writing and/or awards competitions?

A: AIPLA offers 2 major competitions each year: the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition and the Robert C. Watson Award. To find out deadlines and additional application information, go to the Resources section and click on "Programs/Awards."

Q: I would like to attend an AIPLA meeting. Is there a special rate for students?

A: Yes. Depending on the meeting, the program’s registration form will list a special, discounted rate for AIPLA Student Members. If you do not see a Student rate listed, please contact AIPLA headquarters at 703-415-0780.

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Committees

Q: Where do I find AIPLA Committees?

A: Go to "Committee Center" and then to “Committee Pages” to access all of the different committees available.


Q: How do I sign up for a Committee?

A: Each fall, AIPLA has an online "Open Season" for committee selection.  AIPLA will email you your current list of committees.  If you are satisfied with your current selection, you don't need to do anything.  If you'd like to change your selections during open season you can do so in the Committee Center, by clicking on "Update Committee Selections".  You will need to either already be logged in to the site, or you will need to log in at that time.  Click on “Manage My Committees.” When "open season" closes you can still adjust your committee selections but only as "information only members.” To join a committee as an active voting member, you need to contact the specific committee chair for approval. Once approvals have been provided, AIPLA headquarters will add the committee to your selections.

Q: How do I know if I’m in a Committee?

A: Once you’ve logged into the website, go to the Committee Center and click on "Update Committee Selections." You will see a list of all your Committee selections and can edit appropriately.  Please note that you must be logged in to the site to access this information.

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Miscellaneous

Q: Can you help me with a legal issue or direct me to a lawyer who can assist me?

A: No. We do not offer legal advice. Please contact your local bar association for assistance.

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