Links to other organisations

Useful links and Organisations

AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association), USA

AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers involved in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property

AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), Switzerland

The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, generally known under the abbreviated name AIPPI, is the world's leading International Organization dedicated to the development and improvement of intellectual property. It is a politically neutral, non-profit organization, domiciled in Switzerland which currently has almost 9000 Members representing more than 100 countries. The objective of AIPPI is to improve and promote the protection of intellectual property on both an international and national basis. It pursues this objective by working for the development, expansion and improvement of international and regional treaties and agreements and also of national laws relating to intellectual property.

APAA (Asian Patent Attorneys Association)

The Asian Patent Attorneys Association ("APAA") is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting and enhancing intellectual property protection in the Asian region (including Australia and New Zealand). With its large pool of members and expertise, APAA is well placed to play an influential role in promoting and enhancing intellectual property protection in the Asian Region.

CIPA (The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys), United Kingdom

CIPA is the professional and examining body for patent attorneys (also known as patent agents) in the UK. It represents virtually all the 1,800+ registered patent attorneys in the UK whether they practise in industry or in private practice.

FICPI (Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys)

FICPI is an organisation working for the interests of Patent and Trademark professionals world-wide. Its membership consists solely of intellectual property professionals in private practice. With members in 87 countries/regions they are a truly international organisation, broadly representative of the free profession.

INTA (International Trademark Association), USA

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective commerce. Today, 5,700 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries make INTA a powerful network of powerful brands.

IPIC (Intellectual Property Institute of Canada), Canada

The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) is Canada's pre-eminent association of professionals who specialize in intellectual property: patents for inventions, trade-marks, copyright, and industrial designs. IPIC is committed to the protection and promotion of intellectual property in the Canadian economy

IPONZ (Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand)

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand is the government agency responsible for the granting and registration of intellectual property rights. Specifically patent, trade mark, design and plant variety rights. Innovation and creativity are important elements in gaining a competitive edge in the marketplace and for many business ventures intellectual property is one of their most important assets. Through the provision of their services, the Office aims to ensure people realise the full economic potential of their intellectual property.

IPTA (The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia), Australia

The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) is the peak professional body representing Australian patent and trademark attorneys. IPTA aims to promote improvements in IP law, maintain a code of ethics for members, encourage communication, promote training, help settle disputes, provide professional advice and be a one stop location for media.

ITMA (The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys), United Kingdom

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys promotes high standards of training, qualification and continued learning in order to ensure that the Trade Mark Attorney profession is able to undertake on behalf of clients, large and small, all of the work associated with securing and protecting trade marks and other intellectual property rights, for example registered designs, both in the UK and abroad. The Institute is the professional body responsible for the regulation of the Trade Mark Attorney profession under the Legal Services Act 2007, and for representing the interests of the profession, nationally and internationally.

Japan Patent Attorneys Association, Japan

The Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), is the only professional body represented by more than 7000 Patent Attorneys in Japan.

The European Patent Institute

The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office came into existence pursuant to the European Patent Convention (EPC) upon provisions adopted by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization. These provisions also pertain to the European qualifying examination, which persons have to take in order to be entitled to act as representatives, and to the disciplinary powers exercised by the Institute over these representatives. The Institute being an international non-governmental public law corporation has its own by-laws and code of professional conduct. At present, the Institute which represents the first all-European patent profession comprises about 10,000 members from 38 European countries, both from industry and free profession.

Trans Tasman IP Attorneys Board

The role of the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board is to determine:

  • the academic qualifications required to become a patent attorney in Australia and New Zealand, and a trade marks attorney in Australia

  • the knowledge requirements for patent and trade marks attorneys

  • the accreditation of courses for attorneys that satisfy subject requirements under the regulations

  • the exemptions from requirements of a topic group or groups based on prior study for attorneys

  • the professional conduct of patent and trade marks attorneys

  • the disciplinary matters including complaints procedure and the role of the Board in complaints’ proceedings

WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.

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