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AIPLA Becomes Official US-Designated Group of AIPPI


After months of negotiation with the former US branch of the global Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), AIPLA has acquired that branch to become the official US-designated group of AIPPI as the AIPPI-US Division of AIPLA.  AIPPI is one of just two long-established global intellectual property associations, and has major visibility and influence in the global intellectual property community.

As a consequence of the move, all AIPPI-US members who are eligible will need to become members of AIPLA, and AIPLA members will have the opportunity to join AIPPI International through a membership in the AIPPI-US Division of AIPLA. AIPPI International currently has over 9,000 members from more than 100 countries, and the US national group has 276 members. 

 "One of the hopes for AIPLA's new role as the national group of AIPPI, is that a number of AIPLA members will join the AIPPI-US Division of AIPLA to make it a more formidable force in the global association," said AIPLA President Bill Barber.  "This change is mutually beneficial and supportive, and as likely to augment AIPLA's traditional and steadily increasing influence on international issues such as substantive patent harmonization and worksharing among national and regional patent offices.

The new arrangement complements the leg of AIPLA's strategic plan targeting more global outreach, and for AIPPI it is helpful because it provides a greater entrée to the US.

AIPLA Executive Director Todd Dickinson and other members of AIPLA's leadership are participating for the first time in their role as new leaders of the U.S. group at the AIPPI World IP Congress in Seoul this week. The membership of AIPPI-US will meet during AIPLA's Annual Meeting on Friday, October 26 from 3:30 - 4:30 followed by a reception to kick off the newly restructured US Group of AIPPI. 


AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. 

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