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U.S. PATENT & TRADEMARK OFFICE
             SOCIETY OF ETHIOPIAN AMERICAN ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS
ORGANIZATIONAL CHARTER & BYLAWS

CHARTER
ARTICLE I.         PURPOSE
The purpose of this document is to establish and to seek recognition of a volunteer employee organization in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office under the standards and requirements of Commerce Department Administrative Order 202-707.

ARTICLE II.        NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Society of Ethiopian American Engineers and Scientists (SEAES).

ARTICLE III.       GOALS
SEAES shall seek to:

  1. Assist the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in promoting and effecting the full and equitable representation of its Ethiopian-American employees by enhancing their career and professional development and publicizing their contributions, accomplishments, and capabilities;
  2. Support and promote the diversity goals of the USPTO;
  3. Foster a working environment at the USPTO that is free of prejudice, bias and stereotypes;
  4. Inform USPTO employees about the broad and diverse cultural and social heritage of the Ethiopian American community and encourage the celebration of that heritage;
  5. Foster a forum for discussion, cooperative learning, and understanding of the developments in the field of Intellectual Property law; and
  6. Foster friendship and networking among Ethiopian American employees of the USPTO. 

 


ARTICLE IV.       POLICIES

  1. The scope of SEAES interests and activities shall include the entire U.S. Patent & Trademark Office;
  2. SEAES shall be a secular, nonpartisan and not-for-profit organization. The organization shall be supported by membership dues or other sources in accordance with the USPTO's administrative, financial, ethical, and legal requirements;
  3. SEAES shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital or parental status, political or other affiliation, or membership in a labor organization; and
  4. The activities, programs, or services of SEAES shall not be represented, directly or indirectly, as official functions or activities of the USPTO or of any USPTO official.

ARTICLE V.        MEMBERSHIP

  1. Full Membership in SEAES is open to all current Patent and Trademark Office employees who support the goals of the organization as set forth in Article III above. A Full Member in good standing shall be afforded all the rights, privileges, and obligations of membership, including, but not limited to, the right to vote, the right to seek office, and the right to participate in organization activities.
  2. Associate membership in SEAES is open to all current Patent and Trademark Office contract employees who support the goals of the organization as set forth in Article III above. An Associate member in good standing shall be afforded all the rights, privileges, and obligations of membership, including, but not limited to, participation in organization activities. An Associate member shall not have the right to vote and the right to seek an office position within SEAES.
  3. A member in good standing is a member who meets the qualifications set forth in this charter & bylaws or as set by the Board of Directors and one who has signed a membership form or renewed his/her membership for the calendar year, which shall be the operational year of the organization.

ARTICLE VI.       BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors shall consist of:

  • Officers including: a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary (4 people);
  • Patent Technology Centers 1600, 1700, 2100, 2400, 2600, 2800, 2900, 3600 & 3700 (1-2 people per center totaling 2-16 people)


ARTICLE VII.      NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
SEAES shall be operating as a non-profit organization under the guidelines of IRC Section 501 (C) (3).