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Frequently Asked Questions about the AIPLA Website

Membership
Meetings and Events
Advocacy
Educational Materials
Professional Development
Student Information
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For additional information on how to use the AIPLA website, click here (PDF).

AIPLA is updating its database. This will help us and you access your information more efficiently!

AIPLA new login info

We've been working to help improve AIPLA's information services delivery and we're pleased to announce a new step in the overall redesign of the AIPLA web environment. More improvements will be coming later this year. We're starting with a new member login, which not only has a new look, but also incorporates new features, including:

Important login changes:

  • Your member ID is changing. If your member number is less than six digits, you will need to add leading zeroes. For example, if your member ID is "123," your username will be "000123."
  • New login credentials. Your username will be email or member ID. Importantly, your password is changing. Your password has been set to a default password of your last name, with first letter capitalized. Once you login, please change your password.

We've also incorporated new features, including:

  • Profile: You now have a profile snapshot that will show you the information we have on file for you, any meetings you may be registered for, any committees that you currently serve on, and any other recent activity. How you update your profile will be different. You will now be able to provide multiple addresses to manage your interaction with us, including where and how you would like to receive certain mailings and publications.
  • We've expanded our Online shopping cart to provide members the ability to purchase publications, DVDs, CD-ROMs, and other AIPLA products online.
  • Online Registration for Meetings will have a different look and feel.
  • Member Directory - We're making it easier to find other AIPLA members. We've added a new search by Last Name by clicking on one of the quick search A-Z links found at the bottom of the page. You can still search the member directory using a number of helpful filters.
  • Renewing Membership will continue in the new shopping cart environment.
  • Additional features and enhancements will be added over time, so watch for future announcements!

Tutorial:

  • Click here to view the tutorial on how to operate in the new user environment or go to [http://www2.aipla.org/Content/ContentGroups/About_AIPLA1/Q-FAQ.pdf]

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us (703) 415-0780 or aipla@aipla.org..

Membership

Q: Is my firm a member of AIPLA?

A: No: AIPLA is an individual membership organization and we currently do not have a firm membership category.

Q: How do I log on to the website?

A: Go to http://www.aipla.org. The Home page has a section where you can log in. Your User Name can be either be your New 6 digit Membership ID number which now must be 6 digits long, or the e-mail address we currently have on file. If you joined AIPLA after May 13, 2010, and have never logged on, then your password is the first 3 letters of your last name plus your 6 digit member id. If you joined AIPLA before May 13, 2010, then your password is your last name with the first letter capitalized. If you still have problems, please use the "forget password" link and your password will be emailed to you. We strongly recommend that you change your password after logging in. We also recommend that you log in before exploring the website, as several areas can only be viewed by Members of the Association.

Please NOTE: You must have cookies enabled!

Q: What if I don’t know my password?

A: Look for the section of the Home page with the log in boxes. Beneath the log in information, on the link that reads “Forgot my Password.” Enter the e-mail address we have on file for you and your password will be e-mailed to you. If you’ve never logged in to the website, your password is your last name.

Q: I can’t seem to log onto the AIPLA website. What should I do?

A: NEW MEMBER AFTER July 28, 2010: If you joined AIPLA after July 28, 2010, you can use either your new member ID or your email address and your default password will be the first 3 letters of your last name (first letter capitalized) and your 6 digit member ID. Please use the "forget password" link to have your password emailed to you which wiil include your password and your new member ID.

A: If you were already a member of AIPLA before July 28, 2010, then your password will be your last name with first letter capitalized. If you’ve tried these alternates and are still unable to access the website, contact our Webmaster , Randy Sagara.

Q: How can I view and/or update my profile?

A: Once you’ve logged into the website, click on the Member Center. The first link on the left will give you the option to view your profile and make any updates necessary, including changing your password.

Q: How can I find/contact an AIPLA member?

A: You must be a member of AIPLA to access our Member Directory. First, log in to the website as a member. From the Home page, go to the Member Center section. On the left-hand side of the page, you will see a link for “Access Membership Directory.” Click on this link and, after reading through the Terms and Conditions, enter your search criteria. You can search by name, region, member type, Committee involvement and/or practice area.

Q: Why can’t I find complete contact information in the Membership Directory?

A: As a voluntary individual membership organization, we take our members’ privacy concerns very seriously. When we launched our online directory, members were automatically “opted out” of the public directory.

Q: How can I become a member of AIPLA?

A: We have several membership categories covering a range of professionals in the Intellectual Property Law field. To see if you qualify for membership and to find more information about AIPLA dues, go to the About AIPLA section and click on the link for “Join/Membership Benefits.”

Q: Can I apply for AIPLA membership online?

A: Yes! You can join AIPLA through the website by either clicking the “Join” button located in the top right hand corner of the website, or go the Member Center and click on the “Application to Join” link on the left navigation bar.

Q: I am not sure which membership category I fit into. Who should I contact to determine this?

A: Our Membership Department will be able to help you find the right fit for your situation. Contact them at any time if you have a question.

Q: Can I pay my dues online? If so, how?

A: Yes. Once you’ve logged into the site, go to the Member Center. On the left-hand side of the page, you will see a link for “Renew Membership”. If your dues are not current, the screen will prompt you to pay them online. If you are paid up for the membership year, a notice will appear on the screen letting you know.

Q: I paid my annual membership dues, but just received a past due notice. Who do I talk to about this?

A: Our Membership Department works very hard to ensure that all records are kept as up-to-date as possible. Even so, occasionally, a dues notice and its payment may cross in the mail. If you are unsure about your membership status, contact our Membership Department. They will be more than happy to assist you.

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Meetings and Events

Q: How can I find information on upcoming AIPLA meetings?

A: Go to the Meetings & Events section of the website. On the left-hand side of the page, click on the “Future Meetings Calendar”. This page also contains links to the different types of programming offered by the Association, including our stated meetings, our traveling seminars and programs, and our online programming. The Future Meetings Calendar is a comprehensive list containing all upcoming AIPLA programs, as well as upcoming programming from other Associations.

Q: Where can I find information on the Annual Meeting or other stated meetings?

A: Go to the Meetings & Events section of the website. On the left-hand side of the page, click on the “Stated Meetings” link. This page will contain information for the Annual Meeting, Mid-Winter Institute and the Spring Meeting.

Q: I received an e-mail about an upcoming seminar. Where can I find more information?

A: Go to the Meetings & Events section of the website. On the left-hand side of the page, you will see links to our three categories of AIPLA meetings: Stated Meetings (Annual Meeting, Spring Meeting and Mid-Winter Institute), Seminars & Road Shows (i.e. Advanced PCT Seminars, Legal Secretaries & Administrators Conference) and Online Education. These links will take you to information on our upcoming programs. If you have additional questions about these programs, please feel free contact the appropriate member of our Staff or our Meetings Department.

Q: I would like to register for an AIPLA meeting online. How can I do that?

A: Go to the Meetings & Events section of the website. On the left-hand side of the page, click on the link that reads “Register Online.” This will take you to a listing of all programs available for online registration. Click on the program and follow the prompts to register. If you’re an AIPLA member, be sure to log on to access the discounted member registration rates.

Q: I don’t see a link to the program for which I would like to register. How can I register for this program?

A: If the program you are interested in is a live seminar, go to the Meetings & Events section and click on the "Register Online" link on the left. If you don’t see the program listed, registration may not yet be open. If you’re looking for the registration for one of our live online seminars, you can find registration information at www.krm.com/aipla.

Q: How can I purchase the materials or recordings from a past AIPLA program?

A: Go to the Educational Materials section of the website. The left-hand side of the page will have options for audio recordings, CD-ROMs, books and publications available for viewing. Order forms are available by clicking on these links. We don’t offer online product sales at this time, so please download the forms and fax them to the number listed on the order form.

Q: How can I find CLE information for an upcoming AIPLA program?

A: We apply for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education credit in all states that offer such programs and are pre-approved for most programs in most states. CLE information is posted in all AIPLA seminar programs, the AIPLA Bulletin, and can be found at the program itself by going to the Registration Desk or CLE Booth. When in doubt please don’t hesitate to contact AIPLA Headquarters at 703-415-0780.

CLE credit approvals for each of our upcoming live, online seminars is available by going to the Meetings & Events section and clicking on the link to “Online Education”. Click on the desired program and scroll down to find CLE information for the program.

Q: How can I get my CLE for one of your online seminars?

A: When you register for an online seminar, you receive a packet of information that includes the speaker materials and CLE information. Part of the CLE information is an attendance roster that you must complete in order to get credit. Some states also require a completed evaluation. Please read through the materials carefully to ensure maximum accreditation.

If you are unable to find your materials after the program, contact our Online CLE and Communications Coordinator, Dana Jones.

Q: I’m registered for a meeting. When do I get my program materials?

A: AIPLA posts all of the meeting papers and presentations online for all stated meeting registrants. To access the papers, log into the website and go either to the Meetings & Events section and click on the meeting’s webpage; or go to the Educational Materials section and click on the link to “Meeting Materials Online.” All papers submitted by presenters are posted online; and stated meeting materials are also sent to all registrants on a CD-ROM after the meeting.

Q: I work for the government and would like to attend an AIPLA meeting. Is there a special rate for government employees?

A: Yes: depending on the meeting, the program’s registration form should list a special rate for government employees. You do not need to be a member of the Association to get this rate. If there is no specific rate listed, please contact AIPLA Headquarters at (703) 415-0780 or send a message to our Meetings Department .

Q: I am a law student/graduate affiliate member and would like to attend an AIPLA meeting. Is there a special rate?

A: Yes: depending on the meeting, the program’s registration form should list a special rate for law student/graduate affiliate members. If there is no specific rate listed, please contact AIPLA Headquarters at 703-415-0780 or send a message to our Meetings Department .

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Advocacy

Q: Where can I find AIPLA’s comments to proposed legislation on Capitol Hill?

A: Go to the IP Issues & Advocacy section of the website. On the left-hand side of the page, you will find links to AIPLA’s comments and testimony regarding various legislative proposals from the Hill. As a Member, logged into the website, you can view past AIPLA Reports for concise reports on AIPLA’s advocacy related activities.

Q: I have not received an AIPLA Reports e-mail in some time. What’s going on?

A: There could be a number of reasons you have not been receiving AIPLA Reports. We recently began producing the publication as a part of AIPLA Direct, a bi-weekly e-mail newsletter. Although it has a different, more eye-catching look, it contains the same AIPLA Reports information as before. If you have a new email address, but haven’t registered the new email address with AIPLA, we’re probably sending it to the old address. If you’ve changed your email address, please contact AIPLA’s Membership Department or call 703-415-07870 to update your information.

If neither of the above applies to you, you may want to check with your IT Department. Some more stringent firewalls may block AIPLA Direct because of its html format without the proper permissions.

Q: How can I find back issues of AIPLA Reports or AIPLA Direct?

A: AIPLA Direct is an e-mail newsletter and is therefore not available in archive format on the AIPLA website. You can, however, view archival issues of AIPLA Reports by going to the IP Issues & Advocacy section and clicking on the link to “AIPLA Reports.” The archives are available in both html and PDF format and only accessible to AIPLA Members, so be sure to log in before accessing this area.

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Educational Materials

Q: How do I order the Report of the Economic Survey and/or other AIPLA publications?

A: Go to the Educational Materials section of the website. The left-hand side of the page lists the various publications we have available for purchase - CD-ROMs, booklets, papers, DVDs, etc. Click on the type of publication you would like to order; and you will find links to download the order forms in PDF format. All orders must be prepaid. If you have any questions, contact our Receptionist or call (703) 415-0780 for more information.

We offer subscriptions for two of our publications: the AIPLA Bulletin (published three times each year) and the AIPLA Quarterly Journal (published four times each year). We have order forms for both subscriptions available on our website, but you may also contact Heather Haney for more information.

Q: How often does the Report of the Economic Survey come out?

A: The Report of the Economic Survey is issued once every other year (i.e. 2003, 2005, 2007).

Q: How do I get my copy of the Report of the Economic Survey?

A: All AIPLA members with a current membership status will automatically receive a Report of the Economic Survey in the mail. AIPLA members who pay their dues after the Survey is mailed will receive a copy in the mail shortly thereafter. If you become an AIPLA member after the Survey is mailed, you will receive a copy with your New Member Packet.

Q: How can I view the Report of the Economic Survey online?

A: To view the Report of the Economic Survey, you must be a member of the Association and logged into the website. Go the Educational Materials section and click on “Publications Available for Viewing”. The first link should be to a PDF version of the Report of the Economic Survey. (PLEASE NOTE: This version is read-only. You cannot copy or print this version from the website.) If you need a replacement hard copy of the Survey, you can download the order from as noted above.

Q: How can I find papers and presentations from past meetings?

A: Speaker presentations and papers from our Stated Meetings and Road Shows that are more than 1 year old are now available online. The papers are only available to Members and you must be logged into the website to view them.

To access this feature, go to Educational Materials and click on the link for either “Index of AIPLA’s Stated Meeting Materials” or “Index of AIPLA’s Road Shows Materials.” You can view the articles by meeting, title, speaker and subject. All articles are available in PDF format.

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Professional Development

Q: How can I be listed in the AIPLA Arbitration and Meditation Registry?

A: Go to the Professional Development section of the website. Click on the link for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Registry. Complete the online form and send it, along with the appropriate payment, to AIPLA Headquarters. If you have any questions about the registry, you may contact AIPLA Headquarters at (703) 415-0780 or the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Q: How can I find a Mentor or participate in the Mentoring Program.

A: There are a couple of ways to become involved in the AIPLA Mentoring program. Go to the Professional Development section of the website and click on the link for “Mentoring.” There you can download the Mentoring Guidelines and contact the Mentoring Committee.

You can also go directly to the Mentoring Committee’s microsite to find additional information. Go to the Committee Center section, click on "Committee Pages" and then select the link to the Mentoring Committee page. You can directly contact the Committee Leadership from this page.

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Student Information

Q: What is the Job Fair and when does it take place?

A: The Job Fair is held every year in Washington DC and takes place the Saturday following the Annual Meeting. For more information on the program, go to the “Student Center” section and click on the “Job Fair” link.

Q: Can I participate in the Job Fair?

A: The Job Fair is open to Student, Junior and Patent Agent-Junior Members in good standing. Information on the program is sent out to all such members the summer preceding the program. Non-Members and Regular, Foreign, Patent Agent, Government and Academic Members are ineligible for the Job Fair.

Q: How can my firm participate in the Job Fair?

A: An informational packet is mailed to the AIPLA membership the summer preceding the Job Fair. This packet will contain information for firm registration and deadlines. If you would like more information or to request an additional packet of information go to the Student Center and click on the "Job Fair" link. You may also contact our Meetings Department.

Q: Are there any scholarships available to students?

A: Yes; AIPLA is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation its two scholarships: the Sidney B Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship and the Jan Jancin Award. To view the available programs and submission deadlines, go to the Student Center section and click on the link to “Foundations/Scholarships”. This page will give you information on previous recipients and a link to the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation.

Q: Are there any upcoming writing and/or awards competitions?

A: AIPLA offers 3 major competitions each year: the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition, the Robert C. Watson Award and the Quarterly Journal Publication Staff Competition. To find out deadlines and additional application information, go to the Student Center section and click on the link to “Competitions & Awards.”

Q: I would like to attend an AIPLA meeting. Is there a special rate for students?

A: Yes: depending on the meeting, the program’s registration form will list a special, discounted rate for AIPLA Student Members. This rate, however, is only available to Student Members of the Association. If you do not see a Student rate listed, please contact AIPLA Headquarters at (703) 415-0780.

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Committees

Q: How do I sign up for a Committee?

A: Each fall, AIPLA sends out a Committee Card with the year’s available Committees. All Members are asked to complete the card and send it back to Headquarters. However, Members can also sign up to be Information Only members of any given Committee online. Once you've logged into the website, go to the Committee Center section and click on the “Update Committee Selections” link. There you can manage your Committee membership selections.

Q: How do I know if I’m in a Committee?

A: Once you’ve logged into the website, go to the Committee Center section and click on the “Update Committee Selections” link. You will see a list of all your Committee selections and can edit appropriately.

Q: I missed the card submission deadline, how can I join a committee as an Active Voting Member?

A: To be added as an Active Voting Members, you need to contact the chair of the specific committee. The chair has the ability to approve or reject requests. The committee chair will contact headquarters, and if the request is approved, you will be added to the committee by the AIPLA Membership Department.

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