BernieZidarDear ACPC Member,

It is my great pleasure to begin my term as ACPC President.  ACPC was established 55 years ago as a forum for Chief Patent Counsel to share best practices related to intellectual property management, operations, strategies, and challenges faced on the job.  Almost six decades later, the foundation of ACPC remains the same; however, our reach and methods of engagement have evolved.

In 2020, ACPC pivoted to meet the needs of our members operating in virtual work environments.  We expanded our online education and networking capabilities.  We brought content to our members that was responsive to the challenges the pandemic posed to our practices.  We advanced our efforts in Inclusion & Diversity and support of our Next-Gen leaders in ACPC.  We also made important investments in our future by developing and launching our new website and database. 

In 2021, we’ll build upon this foundation, and continue to grow and advance in ways that are important to our members.  As we look to the future of ACPC, we are an association committed to:

  • MEETINGS! We are targeting two successful meetings in 2021; a revamped virtual Summer Meeting and (hopefully) an in-person Winter Meeting at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego;
  • Advancing our Digital Strategy by growing content, functionality and capabilities on our website;
  • Updating and refocusing our Benchmarking efforts to meet emerging member needs;
  • Continuing to advance key initiatives in Inclusion & Diversity, Membership growth, and Next-Gen initiatives such as our mentorship program.  

You, our members, are what make it all happen. Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been thrilled to experience our shared commitment to ACPC and our appreciation for the value we all receive from our participation. For that, I thank you and celebrate your involvement, and I look forward to working together this year.

See you soon!  

Bernie Zidar