IPLAC Membership Information 

 Membership Types

  • Attorney Member - any member of the legal profession of the United States in good standing who has an interest in the law of intellectual property, who is licensed to practice before the highest court of at least one state or any person registered to practice in good standing before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an attorney.
    • Local Attorney Member - any attorney member of the Association who has a principal office for the practice of law or a mailing address within 100 miles of the federal courthouse in Chicago. Local Attorney Members shall have all of the privileges of the Association.
    • Non-Local Attorney Member - (a) any attorney member of the Association who has a principal office for the practice of law or a mailing address more than 100 miles from the federal courthouse in Chicago. Non-Local Attorney Members shall have all the privileges of the Association except voting and holding office.
    • Honorary Attorney Member - any attorney who is a current or senior member of the Judiciary, including U.S. magistrate judges. Honorary Members shall be elected by majority vote of the Board of Managers and shall have all the privileges of the Association except voting and holding office.
    • Local Faculty Attorney Member – any attorney who otherwise meets the membership requirements and is a full-time employee of an accredited law school located within 100 miles of the federal courthouse in Chicago. Local Faculty Members shall have all of the privileges of the Association.
    • Non-Local Faculty Attorney Member – any attorney who otherwise meets the membership requirements and is a full-time employee of an accredited law school located more than 100 miles from the federal courthouse in Chicago. Non-Local Faculty Members shall have all of the privileges of the Association except voting and holding office.
    • Senior Attorney Member - any attorney member of the Association who has reached the age of fifty-five (55) years, who has been a Local Attorney Member for ten years or more, who has either fully retired from the active practice of law or who works as an attorney no more than 500 hours per year, and who requests to be a Senior Member. Senior Members shall have all the privileges of the Association except holding office.
  • Patent Agent Member - any non-attorney registered to practice in good standing before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an agent. Patent Agent Members have all the privileges of IPLAC membership except voting and holding office.
  • Paralegal Member -  any non-attorney not qualified for other membership types and who is actively engaged in intellectual property work under the direction of an attorney. Paralegal Members have all the privileges of IPLAC membership except voting and holding office.
  • Student Member - any law student regularly enrolled in an accredited law program. Student Members have all the privileges of IPLAC membership except voting and holding office.
  • Exempt Member - any member of the Association who has reached the age of seventy (70) years, who has been a Member for ten years or more, and who requests to be an Exempt Member. Exempt Members shall have all the privileges of the Association they were entitled to immediately prior to becoming an Exempt Member being except holding office.
  • Inactive Member - any member of the Association who has not paid the current IPLAC year’s dues required for his or her Membership type by the deadline set by the Board of Managers including any grace period set by the Board of Managers.  Inactive Members may be denied any and all privileges of the Association until their dues are paid in full.  Upon payment in full of outstanding dues, an Inactive Member shall no longer be an Inactive Member and shall resume having the membership type held prior to the failure to timely pay his or her dues.

Annual Membership Fees*

  • Attorney Member
    • Local Attorney (principal law office or mailing address within 100 miles of the Federal Courthouse in Chicago): $205
    • Non-Local Attorney (principal law office or mailing address more than 100 miles of the Federal Courthouse in Chicago): $75
    • First Year Attorney: $75
    • In-House Attorney (an attorney employed by a corporation/company other than a law firm whose office is within 100 miles of Chicago): $100
    • Non-Profit Attorney (Employed full-time by a non-profit or legal aid organization or government or public interest agency): $75
    • Senior Attorney (At least 62 years of age & IPLAC member for 10 years & works no more than 500 hours/year): $100
  • Paralegal Member: $65
  • Patent Agent Member: $75
  • Faculty Member: $55
  • Law Student Member: $35
  • Honorary Member (Judicial/By IPLAC invitation): NO FEE
  • Exempt Member: NO FEE
  • Hardship (Reduced rate for unemployment or extreme financial hardship): $35

* Membership fees are payable on an annual basis.  The membership year runs from May 1 - April 30