The Association sets up 9 committees with the aim of maintaining the professional interests, enhancing its functions in management and superintendence, promoting academic research and international cooperation, strengthening the ACPAA capabilities, undertaking its roles in management and service, acting as a bridge and link, and promoting the Association’s all activities.
The 9 committees are the working bodies in exercising the functions of the Council and should report to the Council. Each committee is headed by either President, Vice President, or Standing Members of Council.
1. Professional Interests and Self-disciplinary Committee
Functions: to create and maintain a good atmosphere for professional practice; to study issues related to professional interests; to safeguard the personal and professional rights and interests of patent attorneys in practice; to build up good professional images; to provide direction and superintendence for professional conduct; to carry out investigations and sanctions for patent attorneys’ unlawful conducts or violation of code of conduct; to award members who have made excellent performance in patent practice.
2. Professional Development and Strategic Research Committee
Functions: to examine and implement the strategic working plan of the profession; to make research and draft on the professional development plan; to concentrate on and study the professional strategy; to formulate polices and measures intended for patent agencies and patent attorneys in the west, northeast and middle China; to explore and improve the management system for patent profession; to broaden the scope of business of patent attorneys; to expand the social influence of the profession.
3. Professional Rules Committee
Function: to establish and improve the code of conduct and management for patent profession; to formulate the Association’s relevant regulations.
4. Education and Training Committee
Function: to formulate education and training plans for patent attorneys; to improve the training for newly registered patent attorneys and practicing patent attorneys; to formulate and improve the training guidelines for all patents attorneys in China; to promote the continuous education for patent attorneys; to improve patent attorneys’ capabilities.
5. Academic Committee
Function: to formulate plans for academic research and exchanges; to provide guidance for the sub-committees to carry out relevant activities. Seven Sub-committees:
(1) Sub-Committee of Chemistry and Biotechnology
(2) Sub-Committee of Electronic and Information Technology
(3) Sub-Committee of Mechanism
(4) Sub-Committee of Industrial Design
(5) Sub-Committee of IP Laws and Regulations
(6) Sub-Committee of IP Reinforcement
(7) Sub-Committee of IP in Enterprises and Alert Analysis
6. International Cooperation Committee
Function: to formulate plans for international cooperation; to organize international activities and encourage patent attorneys to participate; to strengthen the communications between the Association and counterparts in other countries.
7. Publicity Committee
Function: to publicize ACPAA and the images of patent professionals; to establish and carry out different publicity plans; to coordinate among the committees and subcommittees regarding the publicity; to set up various publicity channels; to publish the journal China Patent Representation and maintain the website: www.acpaa.cn.
8. Financial Committee
Function: to manage, use, superintend, and inspect membership fees; to make a study and formulate fee standard; to guarantee the fee collection and the reasonable and efficient use of fees by the Association.
9. Patent Litigation Management Committee
Function: to nominate patent litigation attorney, and to conduct training, annual reviewing, disciplining, publicity thereof, etc.