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Antitrust Policy
Pursuant to section 2.02 (a) of the association’s bylaws, it is the policy of the association that IAAPA complies strictly with the letter and spirit of all federal and state antitrust laws, rules, and regulations applicable in any jurisdiction in which the association or its members do business. Any activities of the association or association-related actions of its staff, officers, directors, or members that violate these regulations and laws are detrimental to the interests of the association and are unequivocally contrary to association policy. As such, all directors, officers, committee members, employees, and staff will be advised of the areas of antitrust concern to IAAPA and are responsible for understanding and monitoring adherence to the antitrust policy.

This policy applies both to activities within IAAPA and to any joint activities that involve IAAPA with other entities, associations, and organizations. However, the policy is necessarily general and cannot anticipate every issue that may emerge. Therefore, it is very important that IAAPA employees, officers, directors, and members consult with legal counsel whenever questions or issues arise concerning application of this policy and the antitrust laws in general.

Implementation of the antitrust compliance policy of IAAPA shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • The association membership, Board of Directors, and all other committee meetings shall be conducted consistent with this policy and pursuant to agendas distributed to attendees; discussions shall be limited to agenda items and minutes of all meetings shall be kept and distributed to attendees promptly.
  • All association activities or discussions shall be avoided which might be construed as tending to: (a) address fees, including raising, lowering, or stabilizing prices; (b) regulate production; (c) allocate markets; (d) encourage boycotts; (e) foster unfair trade practices; (f) assist in monopolization or in any way violate applicable regulations and antitrust laws in any jurisdiction.
  • No officer, director, or member of the association shall make any representation in public or in private, orally or in writing, which states or appears to state an official policy or position of the association without specific authorization to do so.
Suitcasing/Solicitation Policy
Please note that while all meeting attendees are invited to the exhibition, any attendees who are observed to be soliciting business in the aisles or other public spaces or in another company’s booth will be asked to return their badges and to leave the show floor immediately. Violators will not be allowed to return to the show and no refunds will be made. Additional penalties may apply. IAAPA asks that both attendees and exhibitors report any violations they may observe to the Show Office immediately.

Outboarding Policy
Outboarding is defined as marketing, sales, and hospitality events conducted by exhibitors and others capitalizing on the presence of buyers and/or sellers attending the original show without previously notifying the original show organizer and finalizing an arrangement that benefits both parties. This practice is considered unethical and is condemned by IAAPA. It includes practices such as coat-tailing, piggy-backing, co-location of events, and large-scale hospitality events, particularly during show hours.

Intellectual Property