Who We Are

The Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF) is an international association of independent specialty firms that devote a majority of their practice to patent, trademark and copyright law.

A Clear Business Advantage

AIPF helps member firms and their attorneys:

  • Improve business management skills at all levels
  • Understand the legal and business needs of their clients
  • Develop relationships with the legal academic community worldwide to enhance recruiting initiatives and demonstrate their technical and legal capabilities
  • Engage with leaders from businesses and industries worldwide

Benefits to member firms and individual attorneys include:

  • Access to the AIPF External Network

AIPF facilitates access to an international network of in-house IP and patent counsel, business owners and member attorneys

  • Member-hosted and Industry Focused Programs

Members develop programming and host webinars on subjects of high interest to in-house counsel, patent, trademark, copyright and licensing portfolio managers

  • AIPF Website
Members have access to this important resource with links to member firms, blogs, legal and business developments that affect the IP legal community
  • Access to the AIPF Shared Knowledge Base

AIPF provides a forum for IP law firms to address issues that specifically relate to the practice and business of IP law including:

  • Programs to enhance members' legal skills and industry knowledge
  • Opportunities to exchange information about patent, trademark, copyright law and related topics with experts drawn from a global faculty
  • Business management skills and resources
  • Best practices and resources to improve operations and efficiency, management, technology, diversity, training, professional development, recruitment, retention and performance management
  • Business development and client relationship management
  • Referrals

Member firms regularly refer matters to other members

  • Annual Meeting

An opportunity for networking and education with presentations specifically focused on issues of interest to IP business and law practices. Highlights of our Annual Meetings include:

        • Featured speakers
        • Legislative and international updates
        • The AIPF Brand of Excellence® Committee Programs


The AIPF Brand of Excellence® will stand for law firms that care about being well run organizations committed to continuing improvement in order to serve their clients better and their own professional satisfaction.

It will also extend services to specific needs and personnel in the member firms. It will help its members address business and management issues that are specifically relevant to patent/IP firms, including:

  • Law practice management and leadership programs for managing partners
  • Business and operations for administrative partners/CFOs/executive directors
  • Technology developments for IP partners/directors
  • Professional development programs with training programs for associates and/or train the trainer programs for professional development/mentoring program partners/directors
  • Marketing and sales practices and issues for marketing partners/directors
  • Recruiting, retention and diversity for recruiting partners/HR directors/diversity managers. Member firms would be required to attend a certain number of programs each year.