In 2017, IPO has 30 Standing IP Committees responsible for eight areas of intellectual property policy, law and practice. Committees prepare reports on current government, public affairs and business issues and develop recommendations for the IPO Board of Directors. Appointments are made by the IPO President.
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. Appointments are made by the IPO President.