IPLAC Membership Types & Dues Information

Membership Types

  1. Attorney Member 
    1. 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;
    2. any person registered to practice in good standing before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an attorney; or

      any Active Attorney Member of this Association in good standing at the date of adoption of this amended section.

      1. 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.

      2. Non-Local Attorney Member – 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.

      3. Honorary Attorney Member – any attorney who is a current or senior member of the Judiciary, including U.S. magistrate judges, any attorney who serves as an administrative law judge of a tribunal with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission, or any other relevant administrative agency, or any government official who serves in a role that is dedicated to or oversees intellectual property law or policy. 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.

      4. 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.

      5. 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.

      6. Senior Attorney Member – any attorney member of the Association who has reached the age of sixty-two (62) 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.

      7. First Year Attorney – any licensed attorney member of the Association who is in their first year of practice. First Year Attorney Members shall have all of the privileges of the Association.
      8. Junior Attorney – any attorney member of the Association who has been licensed to practice law between 2-6 years. Junior Attorney Members shall have all of the privileges of the Association.

  2. 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 shall have all the privileges of the Association.

  3. 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 shall have all the privileges of the Association.

  4. Student Member - any law student regularly enrolled in an accredited law program or a Master of Science in Law program or the like. Student Members shall have all the privileges of the Association except voting and holding office.

  5. IP Professional Affiliate 

    1. any non-attorneys not qualified for other membership types but who are engaged in the field of IP as professionals.  IP Professional Affiliates shall have all the privileges of the Association except voting and holding office.

      1. Technical Specialists - e.g. scientific advisors or those who have responsibilities with respect to IP for a business entity.

      2. IP Licensing Specialists - professionals who negotiate and manage licensing, transactions, and technology transfer of IP assets; professionals who manage, analyze or value IP portfolios; or invention managers.

      3. Experts - e.g. damage experts.

      4. Vendors - business entities.

  6. 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.

Annual Membership Dues

  1. Attorney Member
    • Local Attorney – $205
    • Non-Local Attorney – $75
    • Honorary Attorney – No Annual Fee
    • Local Faculty Attorney – $55
    • Non-Local Faculty Attorney – $55
    • Senior Attorney – $100
    • First Year Attorney – $75
    • Junior Attorney – $135
  2. Patent Agent Member – $75
  3. Paralegal Member – $45
  4. Student Member – $35
  5. IP Professional Affiliate
    • Technical Specialist – $75
    • IP Licensing Specialist – $75
    • Expert – $205
    • Vendor – $205
  6. Exempt Member – No Annual Fee

** A Hardship Member rate of $35 may be available in cases of unemployment or extreme financial hardship. Please inquire with the Membership Committee for specific qualifications regarding this membership type. **

 

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