The role of FICPI’s Practice Management Committee (“PMC”) is to provide guidance, tips and news on topics related to how intellectual property attorneys do business as IP firms or sole practitioners. 

PMC is organised into five working groups, each focused on a key topic:

  • Human Resources
  • Business Development and Marketing
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance
  • Technology
  • Finance

    Each of the groups supports all FICPI members in the development of their IP practices by:

    • Providing information and guidance to FICPI members about practice management; to support firms in their everyday business life and development.
    • Taking the lead in matters of continuing professional education, the promotion of standards and best practices and the profession as a business.Identifying trends in the profession and IP marketplace as well as challenges in the profession and offering targeted advice.
    • Dealing with practical issues relating to IP asset management, IP valuation, litigation insurance and the like.
    PMC is currently studying the following issues of relevance to the profession:
    • The influence of AI - survey circulated to all members - the results will be reported at the 22nd Open Forum in Madrid.
    • General Correspondence - preferences and opinions on how members address a recipient when sending (or receiving) general correspondence
    • Profit generation in IP firms – with the results of a major study were shared at the 21st Open Forum in London, October 2023 - the results of the survey are reported below
    • Reaction against the new competition from service providers (BRACE)
    • Pricing methods and fee structure
    • IP valuation - The FICPI Journal, Nov 2022; 1: 4-20 contains a powerful article on IP valuation
    • IP practice management benchmarking questionnaire
    • Best practices when automating workflow in an IP firm

    Read more about FICPI’s Practice Management Committee »

    LATEST PRACTICE MANAGEMENT ARTICLES

    This case study follows on from Ian Gill’s recent blog and book review on the productivity book, “A World Without Emails”, by Cal Newport. Ian shares a real-life example of implementing some of the tips and strategies from the book into his firm.

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    This case study follows on from Ian Gill’s recent blog and book review on the productivity book, “A World Without Emails”, by Cal Newport. Ian shares a real-life example of implementing some of the tips and strategies from the book into his firm.

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    Upcoming Meetings

    As part of the ongoing efforts of PMC to build on the successful session in London with Norman Clark, FICPI will hold a further two identical symposia with Norman to continue exploring the topics of profitability. This 14th June event takes place at 12:00 Singapore Standard Time.
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    2024 // FICPI ABC MEETING -June, Edinburgh, UK

    Radisson Blu Hotel, 80 High Street,
    Edinburgh
    EH1 1TH
    United Kingdom

    15 - 18 Jun 2024
    Experience the FICPI ABC Meeting 2024 in Edinburgh, a conference for IP professionals from Canada, the UK, the U.S. and across the globe. Engage with top-tier IP discussions, network, and enjoy Scotland’s cultural offerings. Special rates for FICPI members and under-40s available. Note this conference is close to full. New registrations have been paused while the capacity of some venues is being checked.

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