Dear ACPC Members,

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I share the news that Q. Todd Dickinson, a beloved Member Emeritus of ACPC, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 4th, at the age of 67.

Todd was a true giant in the intellectual property law field. In addition to his years in private practice, most recently as a partner with Polsinelli, Todd served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office under President Bill Clinton, and Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. In 2012, Todd was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame.

Todd was a phenomenal supporter of ACPC for many years. He was a regular attendee and frequent speaker at our meetings, most recently in Austin in January. Todd was a strong contributor to our programming as a member of the Program Committee and a generous sponsor for ACPC meetings. He was also a friend, mentor and colleague to many and will be dearly missed.

Please join me in extending condolences to his husband Robert, his loved ones and many friends in the IP community.

Krish Gupta
President, ACPC

Dear ACPC Member,

We hope you and your families are all well.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National State of Emergency, travel restrictions, limits on the numbers of people who can gather, and for the health and safety of our members, your ACPC Executive Committee has made the difficult but prudent decision to cancel the 2020 Summer Meeting scheduled for June 29-July 1, 2020 in Cambridge, MD.

Extraordinary times like these underscore the importance of collaboration and information sharing. Considering the cancellation of our upcoming meeting and to ensure ACPC continues to meet our members’ needs in this moment, we are launching an ACPC interactive webinar series “Corporate Patent Perspectives” for all members free of charge. We will offer several short sessions (around 1 hour each) beginning late spring through the summer on issues related to patent/IP practice that we are facing currently, as well as some originally planned content for the cancelled meeting. We expect to use Zoom for these sessions to provide members the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.

The first three topics the Program Committee is developing for you are:

“Responding to Budget Directives Caused by COVID-19” April 30, 2020
“USPTO Developments in Response to COVID-19” May 21, 2020
“Post-COVID-19 Emerging IP Risks and Opportunities” June 11, 2020
Watch our website acpcnet.org and your email for additional information, including how to register. Please send us your ideas for webinar content. The Program Committee wants your input to produce the most valuable content possible. Please reach out to Mary Rogan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 952-646-2036 with your ideas for programming, questions or concerns.

Thank you for your support of ACPC. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank ACPC staff, the Executive Committee, and our committee members for their dedication and commitment to ACPC by responding quickly to ensure that the organization continues to operate successfully during these challenging times.

Be safe and be well.

Warm regards,
Krish Gupta
ACPC President

I hope you and your family are well.

Due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, limits on the number of people who can gather, and for the health and safety of our members, your ACPC Executive Committee has made the difficult, but prudent, decision to pivot the 2021 Winter Meeting scheduled for January 23 - 27, 2021 in St. Augustine, FL, to a virtual meeting.

Programs will be scheduled from January 25 through January 27, beginning at 12pm ET and spanning for a few hours each day, for a total of three days. The agenda for the meeting will consist of professional programming, networking sessions, and a few optional, virtual, social activities to bring together our ACPC community.

Watch our website acpcnet.org and your email for additional information about the 2021 Virtual Winter Meeting, including how to register.

Additionally, we would like your input to produce the most valuable content possible. If you have any suggestions, please reach out to ACPC Headquarters at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 952-646-2036 with your ideas for professional sessions, or any questions or concerns you may have. We would appreciate hearing from you by no later than Sunday, November 15.

Thank you for your ongoing support of ACPC. I also extend my sincere thanks to our committees and ACPC staff for their dedication and commitment to ACPC. Their response has been amazing and everyone has worked hard to ensure that ACPC continues to operate successfully during these challenging times.

I look forward to “seeing” all of you at our Virtual Winter Meeting in January 25-27, 2021.

Be safe and be well.

Warm regards,
Krish Gupta
ACPC President