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Member Benefits

Why AIPLA?

We believe that every IP practitioner — from attorneys, to patent agents, to students — has a voice in shaping our ever-changing industry. Join the American Intellectual Property Law Association and more than 13,500 members, and together we’ll face the most pressing issues affecting your practice.

Check out our member benefits below, then choose the membership type that describes you to see our pricing structure.

 

 

Networking - Building Your Professional Connections

As one of the largest associations of intellectual property practitioners in the world, AIPLA connects you with a diverse gathering of some of IP's best and brightest. Members connect, learn and share through our in-person meetings, committees, mentorship programs and more.

 

 

 

Advocacy - Getting Your Voice Heard

AIPLA actively advocates on behalf of our members and the entire IP community regarding important issues. We are the respected expert on IP issues before the US Supreme Court, US Congress, US Patent and Trademark Office, World Intellectual Property Organization, and in many other public and private forums.  AIPLA also works diligently to build relationships with international IP organizations. 

 

 

 

Publications, Papers & Information - Keeping You Informed 

Our members receive a variety of publications from a scholarly journal to benchmarking surveys, books and seminar papers. We take pride in producing quality information and resources that keep our members up to date on current and pressing issues in the intellectual property community. Your AIPLA membership includes:

  • AIPLA eBulletin, a comprehensive review of our three stated meetings
  • AIPLA Quarterly Journal, a significant academic forum for IP scholarship
  • Bi-Annual Report of the Economic Survey, the profession's most reliable benchmark for assessing the IP community's income and related professional and demographic characteristics.
  • Online access to past meeting materials.  As a member, you have access to the papers and presentations from AIPLA's stated meetings and roadshows.  This material is available without an additional charge beginning six to nine months after the meeting has concluded.
 

 

 

Education and Professional Development - Keeping You Current

A leader in IP legal education, AIPLA sponsors seminars throughout the country; conducts three major meetings each year, and oversees more than three dozen committees that are expert resources on the entire spectrum of intellectual property issues.  Members receive significant discounts on meetings and event registration as well as CLE opportunities. Additionally, we have partnered with Cognistar and now AIPLA members can save more than $1,000 on CLE through our innovative online CLE courses. 

 

 

 

Membership Types

 

 

Regular Member

Persons who have been members in good standing of the Bar of a court of record of the US, any State or Territory, District of Columbia, or the US Patent & Trademark Office for five years or more. Eligible to vote and hold office.

Solo Practitioner

Solo practitioners and those working in firms with up to two practicing attorneys. Persons who have  been members in good standing of the Bar in any US state or territory, including the District of Columbia, or the US Patent & Trademark Office for five years or more. Eligible to vote and hold office.​

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.

Associate

Retired Practitioners/persons who 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

Full Time Law Professors. 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. (Life Member Application required for approval by Board of Directors.)  

International Affiliate/Registered Foreign IP Attorney/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 t heir country of citizenship and/or the European Patent Office). Not eligible to vote or hold office.

IP Professional Affiliate  

Persons who are not qualified for regular, junior, patent agent, international 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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. ​​​​​​​​

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.