FICPI-UK is a self-governing association of patent and trade mark attorneys in private practice in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1974 to serve as a national member association of FICPI.
FICPI-UK is managed by a Council consisting of a President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, the Immediate Past President, and six other persons, all of whom, except the Immediate Past President, are elected from among members by FICPI-UK at an AGM. In addition, Council may co-opt up to four other members. Details are available on the website of FICPI-UK.
Any registered patent or trade mark attorney who is working in private practice in the UK is eligible to join FICPI-UK. Most British patent and trade mark firms have at least one member of FICPI-UK and several have more.
FICPI-UK organises various events for members and others throughout the year, including regular dinner meetings, often with a high profile speaker. An AGM is held in the spring. These meetings are an excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues at other firms to share information on and experiences of common issues facing private practitioners.
Each year, FICPI-UK also organises a highly regarded Business Practice Seminar, with experienced and knowledgable speakers on a range of topics of relevance to running an IP firm.
FICPI-UK participates in regular meetings with UK Intellectual Property Office, including the Patent Practice Group, the Marks and Designs Forum and the Presidents Group meetings, to represent the views of patent and trade mark attorneys working in private practice in the United Kingdom. Members who have an issue that they would like FICPI-UK to take up at one of these meetings are invited to contact us.
Many past and present members of FICPI-UK have had or have leading roles within FICPI, and two members of FICPI-UK have previously served as President of FICPI.
FICPI-UK was one of the four founding organisations of IP Inclusive.
You can read more about FICPI-UK on its website.