5 Associations IP Lawyers Should Know About

Modern technology allows intellectual property (IP) to travel around the world and across national borders with the click of a button. For that reason, most intellectual property lawyers must, to some extent, be international practitioners. Fortunately, there are a number of IP law associations that provide a wealth of useful resources for IP lawyers around the world. These associations offer reference materials, news briefs, networking opportunities, events, instructional seminars and other opportunities. Below are three of the most prominent international IP associations, along with two leading institutions from the United States. IP practitioners, both foreign and domestic, will likely find helpful resources at the links below.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): WIPO is more than a practitioner resource. The WIPO administers treaties and provides portals for filing IP documents that will be operative internationally. In addition, WIPO takes the lead in recommending changes to laws. The site offers resources to help practitioners recognize situations where tools, such as multiple-nation patent and trademark filing systems, are useful.

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA): With a specific focus on copyright issues, the IIPA is quite relevant to those representing entertainment, media and software industry clients. In addition to providing a great deal of news and information, the IIPA is also quite active in shaping laws. For lawyers who are seeking to improve their reputation and get involved in evaluating and recommending changes to laws, participation in IIPA activities will help them achieve those goals.

The International Bar Association (IBA) — Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee: The IBA’s yearly conference provides an intriguing lineup of IP seminars to better inform practitioners about recent developments in a variety of practice areas. This year’s topics included patent litigation, antitrust issues and digital sales. In addition, committee activities can be an excellent way to connect with other practitioners and improve practice area credentials.

The American Bar Association (ABA) — IP Section: The ABA is the leading national bar association in the United States. As a member of the IP Section, a lawyer will enjoy a constant stream of news items, webinars, reference materials and other items relevant to the IP practice area. The ABA is also a great platform for public outreach and advocacy related to IP practice.

The American IP Law Association (AIPLA): For those who want to influence the direction of public policy and IP law, or who simply want to keep up with the latest commentary from the ever-changing frontier of IP, the AIPLA is an excellent resource. As with other organizations, membership benefits include access to news publications, educational resources and professional networking opportunities.