If you practice intellectual property law, you would do well to partner with intellectual property law associations to strengthen your business expertise and credibility. Industry organizations bring together professionals with similar goals and challenges. Members of industry organizations come from all company divisions, but all share the same objective of expanding their knowledge.
Becoming a member of the right organization opens the door to a wealth of expertise. You will be exposed to many networking opportunities, information and resources. Additionally, intellectual property attorney organizations may also provide invaluable services that include education opportunities and industry support. When looking for membership with a patent attorney association, remember the following:
1. Make sure the patent lawyers association you're interested in is credible. Check BBB or other industry accreditations.
2. Most organizations charge fees for memberships, so make sure you’re getting your money’s worth before you pay.
3. Many organizations don’t stipulate membership for certification.
Become a member of an accredited patent law associationAlthough many organizations offer information, tools and resources to non-members, you can benefit substantially from becoming a member. Membership opens the door to additional services, products and representation. Register as a firm rather than as just an individual, if possible, so your employees can benefit from the membership.
Join a patent law group that offers a full schedule of events and conferencesEvents and conferences are a boon to any business. They give you an opportunity to network and share issues with industry peers. More importantly, they give your company exposure within the industry, and provide you an opportunity to further your relationships with other businesses. Try and pick organizations with nationally-recognized events.
Take advantage of certification opportunities provided by patent lawyers associationsProgress stops for no one, and you need to advance as a professional by keeping your industry skills sharp and current. Take advantage of educational programs and tools to assist you and your employees in knowledge development and career advancement. Many organizations offer information on upcoming seminars, conferences, business development courses and other industry-related programs, in addition to industry certifications.
- If you're considering an online patent lawyer association, look for one with an active forum where you can discuss issues with industry experts in real time.