Intellectual Property Owners Association

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Committee FAQ


Q:  I was just appointed to a committee.  How long will I be a member?

A: You will remain a member of the committee until the end of the current term.  At the end of the term you will be asked to indicate whether you wish to remain on the committee.  You may choose to sign up for the same committee or select a new committee at the start of the new term.

Q:  What does it mean to be a committee member and what is expected of me?

A:  Committee members are expected to attend regular committee conference calls as their schedule allows; evaluate and vote on proposed resolutions or documents as requested by your committee leaders; and be an active participant of the committee.  If you find that your current committee is no longer of interest or you would like to try something new, request to be switched to a new committee by contacting Lorna Soderberg in the IPO office at

Q:  Where can I find my committee’s charter and the names of my fellow committee members?

A:  A list of IPO’s Committees, including membership listings and charters can be found here.

Q:  How do I contact my fellow committee members?

A:  IPO’s professional networking site, IPO Connect, includes a Discussion eGroup for every committee.  IPO Connect is linked with the IPO website and database so as new members sign up, they are automatically added to the distribution list.  New committee members are encouraged to login to IPO Connect to view previous messages and get up to speed with the work of the committee.  This is where you will often find the committee’s call schedule.

Q:  How is committee leadership selected?

A:  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™.  Chairs, vice chairs and Board liaisons serve one year terms, and may be reappointed for multiple terms.  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.

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