FICPI: helping you navigate the new normal
At times such as these it is good to have the support of the FICPI family and community.
Independent IP attorneys are having to learn new ways of working, problem-solving and connecting under the restrictions and ramifications resulting from the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. FICPI is here to help.
On this page, we bring together a suite of resources and information to help members of our global community to adapt to the new paradigm, which brings opportunities for growth as well as some immediate challenges.
Use the links below to find updates on FICPI’s work and events, to share knowledge and thought leadership, and for members to contribute their own ideas and experiences.
Open Letter from President (9 April 2020)
Latest IP Office Information (updated daily)
Coverage: AL, AR, AT, AU, BR, BA, BY, CA, CH, CJEU, CN, DE, DK, EA, EM, EP, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HK, HU, ID, IE, IL, IN, IT, JO, JP, JP, KE, KR, MD, MX, MY, NL, NO, NZ, PH, PT, RO, RS, RU, SE, SG, TR, TW, UA, US, UZ, WO, ZA.
Coronavirus: CNIPA’S special rules for time limit extension and rights restoration (10 March 2020)
EPO arrangements during the Covid-19 outbreak (19 March 2020)
WIPO suspends all communication by postal mail (2 April 2020)
Remote working with the EPO (3 April 2020)
Changes at the German Patent and Trademark Office (21 April 2020)
Problem Solving Resources
Follow these links to access knowledge and advice of your fellow FICPI community members – and enable you to meet requests for help from others.
FICPI LinkedIn Group - Closed group for members. Please use for any queries.
Upcoming Live Webinars
On Demand Webinars
Tips from life under lockdown in China, Italy, South Korea and the United States (22 April 2020)
Additional Content: Session Notes
Managing an IP Business through a lockdown and beyond (29 April 2020)
Delighting the client in difficult times (6 May 2020)
Additional Content: Session Notes
Wellness during Covid-19 (13 May 2020)
How will the world look after lockdown? (20 May 2020)
“Life in Lockdown: Experiences from France” (Marc Chauchard, 9 April 2020)
“A few differences between a brilliant theory and its implementation” (Marc Chauchard, 15 April 2020)
“Life in lockdown in France, blog 3: WhatsApp and other messaging services” (Marc Chauchard, 22 April 2020)
“IP Practice Management during lockdown” (Catherine Dhanjal, 27 April 2020)
“Top 10 List: Mindful ways to cope with a global pandemic” (Paula Jill Krasney, 28 April 2020)
“Life in lockdown in France, blog 4: Axioms and tips for efficient e-meetings” (Marc Chauchard, 29 April 2020)
“Life in lockdown in Brazil: how a Brazilian IP firm reacted to the Covid-19 threat” (Ivan Ahlert, 5 May 2020)
“Life in lockdown in France, blog 5: We are at war!” (Marc Chauchard, 7 May 2020)
“Life in lockdown in France: a woman’s experience of working at home” (Anne Lévy, 11 May 2020)
“Life in lockdown in Canada: don't neglect office design and HR considerations” (Doug Deeth, 14 May 2020)
“Life in lockdown in France, blog 5; the “E-Pandemic” 30 years later” (Marc Chauchard, 22 May 2020)
Connections and Member Engagements
We will offer online meet-ups to replace at least some of the personal interactions and social stimulation that are lost with mandated social isolation, and we have gathered links to sources of advice around mental health and wellbeing under lockdown.
- Wellbeing Tips from The Conversation (independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community)
- “Ten things I've learned in a month of working from home” (Article written by Simon Blake, Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England)
Resources for National Assocations & Sections
We are making FICPI's IT platforms and resources available to our National and Regional Associations and Sections who can then use tools such as Zoom to organise online meetings and Webinato to organise new webinars or to move in-person events online.
Contact email@example.com to obtain or request a video conference or webinar
If you have already faced and met challenges, share your insights and learnings for the benefit of your FICPI colleagues.
If you just need to connect and enjoy the company of others, then you have ways to enjoy engaging with your business family.