Intellectual Property Lawyers' Association

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  1. Name.
    The name of the Organisation, previously known as "The Patent Solicitors' Association"1) shall henceforth be "The Intellectual Property Lawyers' Association", hereinafter called "the Association".
  2. Objects.
    The objects of the Association shall be to keep under review the law, court procedure and practice relating to the fields of interest (as defined hereafter) and in pursuance thereof to make representations and to offer assistance or recommendations to The Law Society and other bodies.
  3. Fields of Interest.
    The fields of interest shall be patents, trade marks, registered designs, copyright in drawings capable of industrial application whether registrable or not, trade secrets, designs, unfair competition and passing-off.
  4. Membership.
    Those firms listed in the Schedule annexed are current members of the Association. Hereafter membership shall be open to any firm of solicitors in private practice in England and Wales (who are represented by one or more of their partners), either on invitation from or on application to, the Committee provided that any such invitee or applicant has a substantial practice, including a litigation practice, in the fields of interest.
  5. Meetings.
    Meetings shall be held quarterly. If any subject of special interest arises a meeting may be requisitioned by any five members by notice to the Secretary. In addition, the Association shall hold an Annual General Meeting. Meetings shall be called upon not less than seven days' notice.
  6. Minutes of Meetings.
    Minutes shall record resolutions of the Association and such other matters as those present at a meeting shall agree.
  7. Voting.
    Each firm present who is a member shall have one vote. Resolutions shall be carried by a simple majority except that any resolution to amend this constitution shall require a majority of two thirds of those voting.
  8. Committee and Officers.
    There shall be a Committee of Officers of the Association consisting of a Chairman, a Secretary and three other Officers. Elections shall be held every year at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations for election must be received by the Secretary at least 3 days before the Annual General Meeting. The Officers of the Association shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall remain in office until the end of the next Annual General Meeting. There shall be separate ballots for the Chairman and Secretary who in each case shall be the candidate securing the most votes; and in the case of election for the other Officers each member firm shall vote for three candidates and the three candidates polling the most votes shall be elected. In the case of a tie which is material to the outcome, there shall be a second vote taken forthwith. If the result is still tied, the tied vote shall be resolve by lot.
  9. Sub-Committee.
    The Committee may appoint a sub-committee to review any matter as it sees fit.

1)  The Patent Solicitors Association was constituted on 30 November 1982

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