Saturday, 31 January 2015
In or out?
12 January 2015
I attend a meeting of the Constitutional Committee, at which we are to begin working on the new Bye-Laws. It is a long meeting.
The first issue, which takes about two hours, is deciding who should be allowed to join CIPA. Only then can we divide up our members into those who matter a lot, those who matter less and those who we’d no idea existed. We know that patent attorneys should be IN and window cleaners should be OUT (unless they are dual-qualified, of course). But it is the whole load of other folk in between that we are not sure about.
The Charter implies that CIPA can take on anyone who is an IP practitioner. But what if not all IP practitioners are decent and dependable? What if some of them split infinitives, or don’t know what nem con means? Worst of all: what if Mr Davies wants to become a member?? Even if we let these reprobates into CIPA, say some of the Committee members, surely we are not going to let them vote or stand for Council? How would they know what’s good for patent attorneys?
Well I’m not sure I do either. But I’ve no doubt I’ll be told if I ask. So I keep my mouth shut, because I actually want to get home before midnight.