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The BPLA welcomes new members. If you would like to apply for membership in the Boston Patent Law Association, click here.

 

BPLA membership types and fees at a glance

 

Type

Annual Fee

Term

Attorney

$115

Annual membership, Jan-Dec

Non-Attorney

$105

Annual membership, Jan-Dec

Government Employee

$ 50

Annual membership, Jan-Dec

Student

$15

Annual membership, Jan-Dec

Life

$0

Lifetime

 

New memberships or membership renewals that happen after October 1st will carry over to the end of the following year.

 

We have five classes of membership:

ATTORNEY MEMBERS

Attorneys at law who are in good standing in any court of record in the United States, or any of the States or territories thereof, and engaged in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property law shall be eligible for election to Attorney membership. Attorney Members shall have the right to vote. Only Attorney Members who reside or have a principal office in the First Federal Judicial Circuit as now fixed by law shall have the right to hold office. The annual membership dues for an Attorney Member are $115.00.

NON-ATTORNEY MEMBERS

Non-Attorney Members shall have the powers, privileges, and obligations of Attorney Members of the Association except those of voting and holding office. The following categories of persons who do not qualify for Attorney Membership and who reside or have a principle place of business in the First Federal Judicial Circuit as now fixed by law may be eligible for election to Non-Attorney Membership, subject to the discretion of the Board of Governors:

 

1. patent agents registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office;

2. students who are enrolled and in good standing in an accredited law school;

3. paralegals and technical specialists who are employed by, or provide services to, a firm or company engaged in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property law:

4. inventors, engineers, scientists, researchers, technicians, authors, and artists;

5. academics and university students (a) in any science, engineering, or technical field recognized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office or (b) who have demonstrated a verifiable interest in intellectual property issues;

6. subject matter consultants and experts who regularly advise or provide services to intellectual property lawyers and their law firms; provided, however, that are not seeking membership merely as a means to gain access to sales and business opportunities;

7. others who have demonstrated a verifiable interest in intellectual property issues and who are not seeking membership merely as a means to gain access to sales and business opportunities.,

 

In exercising its discretion to admit or deny admission to Non-Attorney Members, the Board of Governors may delegate its authority to the Secretary of the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors reserves the right to revoke membership of any person deemed by the Board of Governors to be marketing products or services to other members to the detriment of the Association. The annual membership dues are $105 for a Non-Attorney Member and $15 for a Student Member.


GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE MEMBERS

Government Employee Members shall have the powers, privileges, and obligations of Attorney Members of the Association except those of voting and holding office.Subject to the discretion of the Board of Governors, the following categories of persons who reside or have an office in the First Federal Judicial Circuit may be eligible for election to Government Employee Membership, even if they would otherwise qualify for Attorney Membership:

1. federal and state court judges, including magistrate judges, who sit in any federal or state court located within the First Federal Judicial Circuit;

2. any judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and any justice of the United States Supreme Court;

3. Law clerks for any judge included in Sections C(1) and (2) above;

4. Employees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board;

5. other employees of the federal government who have an official interest in, or official responsibility for, establishing, overseeing, or implementing intellectual property policy and practice; and

6. other government employees of states or territories within the First Federal Judicial Circuit who have an official interest in, or official responsibility for, establishing, overseeing, or implementing intellectual property policy and practice

 

In exercising its discretion to admit or deny admission to Government Employee Members, the Board of Governors may delegate its authority to the Secretary of the Board of Governors.

LIFE MEMBERS

All Attorney and Non-Attorney Members upon reaching the age of seventy shall automatically become Life Members of the Association. Life Members shall continue to have all the powers, privileges and obligations they had prior to becoming Life Members except that they shall be exempt from the payment of dues.

 

 

Boston Patent Law Association
One Batterymarch Park, Suite 101
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617.507.5570

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