To better support our mission and to reach our vision, the Association has undergone a significant change in its organizational structure. Thus, as of Fall 2018, our activities will focus on three main committees, each dedicated to a specific type of content:
The Boutique Practice Committee, formerly known as the Brand of Excellence Committee, tends to activities related to our mission of supporting the unique needs of IP boutiques around the world. Topics of interest to this committee are broad and include issues such as firm management, operations, talent, business, ethics and liability.
Chair: Christopher Agrawal, Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
The Trademark Committee tends to activities related to trademark practice. This committee will tackle events relating to all aspects of international trademark practice from domain names to descriptiveness vs. non-descriptiveness.
Chair: Laura Winston, Kim Winston LLP
The Patent Committee tends to activities related to patent practice. This brand-new committee has been created to manage events relating to all aspects of international patent practice from both a prosecution and a litigation perspective.
Chair: Isabelle Girard, ROBIC
Our other committees include:
The Membership Committee receives and reviews applications for membership, sends out applications for membership, communicates with prospective members and supplies recommendations to the Board of Directors relating to prospective members.
Chair: Brian Ainsworth, Price Heneveld
As of Fall 2017, the Annual Meeting Committee will be composed of members of the Association's three main committees. This committee will coordinate sessions and manage the AIPF Annual Meeting.
Chair: Brett Lunn, FB Rice
Any partner or employee of a member firm is eligible for membership on these committees. If you are interested in participating on a committee, please contact either the committee chair or the AIPF Executive Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-201-308-6948.