Junior—persons qualified for regular membership except they have been members in good standing of the Bar,
as referred to above, for less than five years from the date of their
first admission. Eligible to vote, but not to hold office. Junior
members automatically become Regular members after five years of
membership in good standing of the Bar.
shall have been regular members for a period of five years or more, who are no
longer regularly engaged in practice of law relating to patents, trademarks,
copyrights, unfair competition and other intellectual property and who, on
their request, shall have been transferred from regular membership to
membership of this class. Associate members shall be entitled to vote but not
to hold office.
Government—persons qualified for regular or junior membership who are full-time employees of a government. Government members are entitled to the privileges of the membership for which they are otherwise qualified.
Academic—persons qualified for regular or junior membership but who are full time professors in a law school approved by the Association of American Law Schools. Academic members are entitled to the privileges of the membership for which they are qualified.
Life—members elected by the Board of Directors who are no longer regularly engaged in the practice of law and who have (i) been members for at least thirty-five years or (ii) been regular members for at least twenty-five years and have attained the age of seventy years. Life members shall be entitled to vote but not to hold office. (Application required for approval by Board of Directors.)
International Lawyer Affiliate, or Registered Foreign Patent/Trademark Attorney, or Agent Affiliate—persons who are not citizens of the US but are regularly recognized as members of the legal profession by the country of their citizenship, (or who are registered to practice before the National Patent and/or Trademark Office in their country of citizenship and/or the European Patent Office). Not eligible to vote or hold office.
USPTO Professional Affiliate—persons who are full-time USPTO patent examiners or other professional employees, but not qualified for regular or junior membership. Not eligible to vote or hold office.
Law Student/Graduate Affiliate—persons who are regularly enrolled as candidates for a law degree from a school approved by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), or who have graduated and received a law degree within the past year from a school approved by AALS, and who would qualify for junior or regular membership if a member of the Bar. A person remains eligible for a law student/graduate affiliate membership for up to one year from his/her date of graduation from law school. If he/she becomes a member of the Bar within that one-year period, he/she may request transfer to Junior membership. Not eligible to vote or hold office.
Judicial—persons who are employed full-time as a judge in any court, agency, or office of the US or any state or territory thereof or of the District of Columbia who have an interest in IP law. Not eligible to vote or hold office.
Government Affiliate—persons qualified for patent agent or foreign affiliate membership who are full-time employees of a government, or persons who are not qualified for membership but are full-time professional employees of a government and whose role or department has responsibilities with respect to IP. Not eligible to vote or hold office.
IP Professional Affiliate—persons who are not qualified for regular, junior, patent agent, foreign or USPTO professional affiliate membership, but who are engaged in the field of IP as professionals who negotiate and manage licensing, transactions, and technology transfer of IP assets; perform IP surveying, map or analyze IP portfolios, or have responsibilities with respect to IP for a business entity. Not eligible to vote or hold office.
IP Paralegal/Technical Advisor Affiliate—persons who are not qualified for regular, junior, patent agent, foreign, or USPTO professional affiliate membership, but who are engaged in the field of IP substantively supporting the efforts of a person qualified for membership; specifically including technical advisors who assist with drafting patent applications and IP paralegals who assist with preparation of formal filing and litigation documents. Not eligible to vote or hold office.