AIPLA Invites PTO Examiners, Foreign Registered Practitioners to Join as Members

by Brian Fletcher on June 29, 2009

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) announced June 25 that its board of directors has voted to expand its membership to include two new categories: (1) Patent and Trademark Office “professionals,” including patent examiners; and (2) foreign attorneys and agents who are registered to practice before the patent or trademark office in their country of citizenship.

“This initiative brings into the organization those professionals who work for the U.S. government and are charged with the responsibility of examining patent applications and granting patents on inventions that merit statutory protection,” AIPLA President Teresa Stanek Rea said in a press statement. “It also further recognizes the globalization of intellectual property rights, and the increasing transparency of national borders as markets for products and services expand world wide.”

This expanded membership policy is effective immediately, and memberships for the year beginning July 1 are now being accepted, according to the AIPLA.

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