FICPI, The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys

FICPI Surveys

FICPI regularly consults its members for input when developing positions on legal issues.  Surveys are carried out to obtain information on the structure and operation of IP firms.  Responses to FICPI surveys are welcomed.

Following are details of current surveys:

1. IT READINESS OF FICPI MEMBER FIRMS

The IP asset management group of FICPI’s Professional Excellence Commission (PEC) has completed a survey to see how IP firms worldwide cope with the increased digitalisation of their business, the first FICPI survey to examine this topic.

The “IT Readiness” survey took a look at how well prepared IP firms are to tackle the digitalisation of their workflows.

The survey addressed questions such as:

  • Firm budgets reserved for IT
  • Implementation of automated workflows
  • Modes of communication with foreign counsel
  • The use of electronic filing firms by domestic clients.

It also looked at:

  • Which technologies will have the greatest impact on FICPI member firms’ practice
  • What FICPI members see as the biggest advantages and biggest disadvantages to implementing AI-based systems
  • Where are the biggest technological threats and the greatest technological opportunities for members’ current business models.

The full results of the survey are available here following the presentation of the results at FICPI’s Open Forum in Vienna.

2. KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS IN IP FIRMS

This questionnaire was prepared by FICPI’s Professional Excellence Committee. The goal is to gather information on the management metrics used by the firms of FICPI members (and indeed whether any such metrics are used).

The study will identify trends in performance measurement in IP law firms. We would like to capture the specifics of the profession. If you are a member of a general law firm, please fill in the questionnaire exclusively with the data on your firm's IP practice.

The survey is strictly anonymous. The results will be presented only in the form of aggregate statistics, which prevents identification of individual responses and organizations.

The questionnaire consists of three parts. The first part is concerned with how the performance measurement is carried out in your firm. The second part relates to which performance metrics are used, and the third part contains question regarding the profile of your firm.

This survey will take approximately ten minutes to complete.  Please click here to take part.

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