FICPI is a voluntary, not-for-profit, international federation of national IP associations, dedicated national sections of FICPI and individual members.
All FICPI members are private practitioners, who are in principle free to accept a professional retainer, subject to the usual rules of ethics.
FICPI’s member associations and national sections are represented on the Executive Committee (EXCO). which is the ultimate governing body of FICPI.
Day to day management of FICPI rests with the President and Bureau, who are assisted by the Advisory Council. The Bureau is responsible to the Executive Committee.
FICPI has a number of commissions that perform different functions. Information about those commissions can be found by clicking on “Commissions”.
The largest commission is the Commission d’Etude et de Travail (CET) – the Study & Work Commission – which comprises several specialised commissions whose job it is to study and formulate FICPI policy on proposals for new treaties, laws, regulations, practice guidelines, etc. for the consideration of the Bureau and Executive Committee. More than 200 FICPI members from across the globe work within the CET.
A permanent Secretariat, headed by the Secretary General, affords the administrative resources required to support FICPI’s activities and meetings and keeps FICPI’s records and archives. The Secretariat also provides a constant point of contact for members, delegates, the commissions, sister organisations and the public.