Intellectual Property Owners Association

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Committees

Standing IP Committees

In 2018, IPO has 28 Standing IP Committees responsible for seven areas of intellectual property policy, law, and practice. Committees prepare reports on current IP law, policy, and business issues and develop recommendations for the IPO Board of Directors.  In the fall of each year, nominations for committee chairs and vice-chairs are solicited from the IPO Board of Directors, current committee leaders, and the general membership via e-mail and the IPO Daily News™.  Factors considered for selecting committee leaders are:  prior committee engagement (both as a committee member and in other leadership roles, e.g., Secretary), committee subject matter expertise, leadership attributes, how the candidate will contribute to the diversity of IPO leadership, whether the candidate’s company/firm already has individuals in leadership roles on other committees (and how many),  recommendations from board members, current committee leadership, and board and staff liaisons, and prior attendance at IPO events.  Individuals may be reappointed for consecutive terms to maintain continuity, but new appointments are often made to give other individuals/members leadership opportunities with IPO.  Appointments are made by the IPO President.

Management and Special Committees 

Membership on IPO Management and Special Committees, which are devoted to administration and management of the association, is by invitation.  Members of most of these committees are members of the IPO Board of Directors.  Factors considered for selecting committee members are:  past leadership experience, committee subject matter expertise, leadership attributes, how the candidate will contribute to the diversity of IPO leadership, whether the individual is already on other committees, and prior engagement on committees and with the Board.  Appointments are made by the IPO President.