IPO’s commitment to diversity and inclusion extends to its support for minority and women-owned businesses, including law firms. One organization devoted to such firms is NAMWOLF, the National Association for Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms. NAMWOLF has an IP Practice Area Committee, which you can check out by clicking the link below.
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), established in 1972, is an international trade association representing a “big tent” of diverse companies, law firms, service providers and individuals in all industries and fields of technology that own, or are interested in, intellectual property (IP) rights. IPO membership includes over 125 companies and spans over 30 countries. IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership rights and offers a wide array of services, including supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; providing information and educational services; supporting and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in IP and innovation; and disseminating information to the public on the importance of IP rights.
Membership benefits include: supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; information and educational services; and disseminating information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights.
Information about IPO membership, benefits, and activities can be found by following the links above and to the right.
In 2022, IPO celebrated 50 years. Read more about the anniversary here.
IPO promotes high quality and enforceable intellectual property rights and predictable legal systems for all industries and technologies.
IPO’s vision is the global acceleration of innovation, creativity, and investment necessary to improve lives. The Board of Directors has adopted a strategic objective to foster diverse engagement in the innovation ecosystem and to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its work to complement IPO’s mission of promoting high quality and enforceable IP rights and predictable legal systems for all industries and technologies.
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) values a diverse membership that is inclusive and empowering to all individuals, regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or socioeconomic status. IPO believes that the vitality of the association and the IP profession is dependent on the contributions of a community that reflects the diverse perspectives of a global economy.
Shape the Future of IP
•Advocate in the US and around the world on behalf of members to judicial, legislative, and administrative bodies for predictable legal systems that are responsive, cost-effective, and efficient
•Provide training, mentoring, and relationship building that develops the next generation of leaders
•Expand policy focus to a wider range of IP rights and technologies
Foster Diverse Engagement
•Foster cross-industry collaboration on key policy issues to improve the IP system and elevate IPO’s voice
•Recruit corporate members of all sizes and industries
•Develop a diverse pipeline of leaders by integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our work •Expand opportunities for networking, peer to peer learning, and benchmarking
Ensure Effective Governance
•Conduct ongoing benchmarking on governance best practices
•Practice transparent and inclusive decision-making
•Continue to be nimble and adapt to a virtual world