Working Programme

FICPI's 22nd Open Forum is an opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and create new ones, driven by FICPI's focus on bringing independent IP attorneys from around the globe together to connect, share knowledge and grow.

Plenary Sessions, led by experts in their fields, promise to enhance professional excellence and to share insights and viewpoints to improve leadership skills, profitability and professional practice. 

FICPI's popular "three-stream" sessions will feature pre-eminent experts in the IP field, including Calim Bouhadra, former CEO of Rebellion Timepieces and current Product Vice President of KOS, and Sergio Rizzo, member of the Boards of Appeal at EUIPO.


Thursday 26 September 2024

Time Stream // Session Name
09:00-09:10 Welcome Address


Plenary // Primal leadership – the hidden driver of great performance


Patents // Drafting without borders - high tech

Patents // Drafting without borders - life sciences

Trade Marks & Designs // Unveiling the benefits and pitfalls of the Madrid & Hague Systems


Plenary // Unmasking the mirage: navigating the landscape of fake evidence in IP proceedings


Patents // Embracing the future: how to leverage AI for patent searching, drafting, and prosecution

Trade Marks & Designs // Sound marks – are they just 'full of sound and fury, signifying nothing'?

IP Practice Management // IP valuation


Right Body

Friday 27 September 2024

Time Stream // Session Name

Plenary // Win-win pricing of IP legal services: how to set fees that are competitive in your market and profitable for your firm


Patents // Patent linkage

Trade Marks & Designs // From zero to hero

IP Practice Management // AI & IP: an arranged marriage? Decoding a relationship not so intellectual


Patents // The “CANs” and CANNot’s of CANNabis [and psychedelics] IP rights

Trade Marks & Designs // FICPI goes to the movies

IP Practice Management // Riding the wave of progress: how patent law firms can support their clients' innovation growth


FICPI Committee Meetings // Practice Management (PMC) and Study & Work (CET)
Michael Caine

Programme Manager

Michael Caine (AU)
FICPI // Vice President

Davies Collison Cave

"I am delighted that as well as being Vice President of FICPI, this year I have the pleasure of again taking the lead in organising the working programme for the FICPI 22nd Open Forum for 2024, running from 25-28 September in Madrid."

Michael became the Vice President of FICPI in 2022 after four years as Vice President of FICPI’s Study & Work Committee (CET). Prior to that he spent six years as the chair of the International Patents Group of the CET. He is also a Past President of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA). During his 22 years as a member of IPTA council he served a number of roles including President from 2019 to 2021, Vice President from 2015 to 2019, convenor of the International Patents Committee from 2001 to 2009 and convenor of the Patents Legislation Committee from 2009 to 2019. He is currently a member of IPTA’s President’s Advisory Committee.
Michael is a patent attorney and principal of Davies Collison Cave in Melbourne, Australia, where he heads up the firm’s organic chemistry/pharmaceutical group. Michael’s professional activities include providing patent infringement and validity advice, conducting patent oppositions, filing and prosecuting pharmaceutical patent term extensions, and providing litigation support and strategic patenting advice.


Our clients are at the heart of everything we do

Founded in 1989, Al Tamimi & Company are the leading corporate law firm in the UAE and throughout the Middle East & North Africa with more than 450 legal professionals in 17 offices across 10 countries. We’re determined to use our knowledge, experience and intellectual rigour to find innovative solutions to overcome complex business challenges. We actively encourage diversity and inclusion, enabling us to attract and retain the best talent, to ensure our clients succeed.

To find out more, please visit Al Tamimi's website:

Claiming Tomorrow TodayTM

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB) is an IP law firm committed to obtaining and enforcing IP rights and has been providing a full range of intellectual property law services to clients in the areas of patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings, litigation, opinions and counselling, design patents, trademarks, and licensing.  

Our knowledgeable attorneys and agents hold advanced degrees and are experienced in the fields of chemistry, electronics and IT, mechanical engineering and life sciences/biotechnology. 

To find out more, please visit BSKB's website:

Empowering today shaping tomorrow

Deriş is a boutique IP company providing services in all areas of intellectual property.  

One of the largest IP firms in Türkiye and internationally recognized among the top-tier legal service providers. 

To find out more, please visit Deriş's website:

Advocating for your IP

Kangxin is a large firm with over 500 staff and expertise in IP litigation, enforcement, patents, and trade mark prosecution.

Kangxin represents both Chinese and international firms, from start-ups to Fortune 500 multinationals from its offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Xi’an, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Dongguan. 

To find out more, please visit Kangxin's website: