Mark Protection Committee

The WSFS Mark Protection Committee (MPC) is the only permanent committee of the World Science Fiction Society. It manages the intellectual property and service marks of WSFS, including “Worldcon” and “Hugo Award,” which are among the service marks (similar to trademarks) WSFS owns. The MPC is also responsible for the ongoing WSFS web sites (including this one), but not the sites of the individual Worldcon committees. Currently, the MPC has delegated management of the WSFS web sites to the Hugo Awards Marketing Committee, whose membership the MPC appoints annually at the MPC’s Annual General Meeting at Worldcon.

The MPC consists of nine elected members and a variable number of appointees. The WSFS Business Meeting elects three people annually for three year terms. The current, future seated, and past two Worldcons and NASFiCs appoint members to the MPC. Members’ terms end at the conclusion of the WSFS Business Meeting at the Worldcon of the relevant year. Convention appointees serve at the pleasure of their appointing convention committee. The MPC elects officers from among its membership. MPC meetings are held at announced times during each Worldcon and are open to all attending members of that Worldcon.

Worldcon Intellectual Property (WIP), a California non-profit public benefit non-profit corporation recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation by the US Internal Revenue Service, owns the WSFS service marks in selected locations and manages them on behalf of WSFS. WIP’s membership consists of all members of the MPC plus one non-voting member from California appointed by the MPC in the event that there are no California residents on the MPC.

Worldcon Intellectual Property Organizational Documents

Membership List (Last updated August 20, 2018)

  • Judith Bemis (Elected until 2021)
  • Stephen Boucher (Elected until 2021)
  • John Coxon (Elected until 2020)
  • Joni Dashoff (Appointed by Worldcon 76 until 2019)
  • Linda Deneroff (Secretary, Elected until 2020)
  • Paul Dormer (Appointed by Dublin 2019 until 2021)
  • Donald E. Eastlake 3rd (Elected until 2021)
  • Bruce Farr (Treasurer, Appointed by Board Resolution (non-voting Californian) until 2019)
  • Tim Illingworth (Elected until 2019)
  • Michael Lee (Appointed by Worldcon 75 until 2019)
  • Dave McCarty (Elected until 2020)
  • Randall Shephard (Appointed by NorthAmeriCon ’17/2017 NASFiC until 2020)
  • Daniel Spector (Appointed by CoNZeland until 2022)
  • Kevin Standlee (Chair, Elected until 2019)
  • Mike Willmoth (Appointed by SpikeCon/2019 NASFiC until 2021)
  • Ben Yalow (Elected until 2019)

Minutes of MPC Meetings