FICPI’s Practice Management Committee (also known as the Professional Excellence Committee and shortened to PEC) focuses on how intellectual property attorneys do business as IP firms and thus complements the work carried out by FICPI’s Study and Work Committee (known by its French acronym, CET), which looks at the laws and the offices that we deal with daily.

PEC was established in 2008 to deal with matters of professional practice, with the objective of maintaining the standards of the IP profession to the highest level and further developing them, in addition to FICPI committees focusing on patent and trade mark issues already in FICPI.

PEC aims to provide information and guidance to FICPI members about practice management, to support firms in their everyday business life and development.

Therefore, PEC organises the Practice Management stream of FICPI’s educational meetings, such as its Open Forums, including sessions on the profession as a business. 

PEC takes the lead in matters of continuing professional development, the promotion of standards and best practices, and the profession as a business. PEC helps by identifying trends in the profession and IP marketplace as well as challenges in the profession, and offers targeted advice.

It also deals with practical issues relating to IP asset management, IP valuation, litigation insurance and the like.
PEC is organised into working groups and any member is free to raise any issue that might be of concern to them and of interest to other firms.

Some of the current PEC working groups are:

  • Reaction against the new competition from service providers (BRACE)
  • Pricing methods and fee structure
  • IP valuation
  • IP practice management benchmarking questionnaire
  • Best practices when automating workflow in an IP firm
  • Profit generation in IP firms

PEC has also produced publications such as "Guidelines for Engagement Letters", “Guidelines for Communications between IP Firms” and its “Report on Six Sigma Projects in IP Law Firms”. FICPI's library of IP Practice Management Guides is available to all members. 

Any member of FICPI is welcome to join PEC, share their knowledge and experience, present on a specific topic, or raise any current issue and discuss it with colleagues who might encounter the same concerns.

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PEC - Practice tip of the month

FICPI's Practice Management Committee (also known as the Professional Excellence Committee or PEC) has now (July 2022) published its Guidelines for Engagement Letters, a document which helps FICPI members to draft best practice engagement letters between IP firms and their clients. 

Click here to view the PDF.

Anne Lévy, President of FICPI's Practice Management Committee, says, "The new guidelines set out the purpose of an engagement letter, and cover the five key parts - including the mandate and invoicing, plus additional provisions relevant to local territories. Drafted by Alain Leclerc, member of PMC/PEC  and Partner at Fasken in Canada, with support from other PMC/PEC members around the world, the guidelines also include a sample engagement letter which can be tailored to your firm's business practices."

The main author of the guidelines is Alain Leclerc, member of PEC  and Partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (CA), with contributions from:

  • Julian Crump, FICPI President and Partner at Abel+Imray (GB)
  • Chris Bird, member of PEC and Principal at FPA Patent Attorneys (AU)
  • William Hammond, member of PEC and founder of Cabinet Hammond & Cie (FR)
  • Louis-Pierre Gravelle, Vice President of PEC and Partner at Bereskin & Parr (CA)
  • Louis Lagler Vice President of PEC and Founding Partner of Rentsch Partner AG (CH)
  • Anne Lévy, President of FICPI's Practice Management Committee and Managing Partner at Brandon IP (FR).
President
Name Company Country Contact
Ms. Anne Lévy
Cabinet Brandon IP
France
Vice-President
Name Company Country Contact
Mr. Louis Lagler
RENTSCH PARTNER AG
Switzerland
Mr. Louis-Pierre Gravelle
Bereskin & Parr
Canada
Member
Name Company Country Contact
Mr. Michael Liebetanz
Isler & Pedrazzini AG
Switzerland
Samar A. Al-Labbad
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org)
Egypt
Dipl.-Chem. Dr. rer. nat. Ruth Christophersen
Christophersen & Partner Partnerschaft mbB Patentanwälte
Germany
Mr. Ahmad Saleh
Al Tamimi & Co.
United Arab Emirates
Mr. Folke Johansson
Papula-Nevinpat
Finland
Mr. Stephen G. Krouzecky
Australia
Ms. Mireia Curell Aguilà
Curell-Suñol SLP
Spain
Mr. Christoph Müller
Hepp Wenger Ryffel AG
Switzerland
Ms. Ximena Castellanos
Castellanos & Co
Colombia
Mr. Michał Sosnowski
Sulima Grabowska Sierzputowska
Poland
Mr. Martin Bensadon
Marval O'Farrell & Mairal
Argentina
Ms. Britta Fromow
James & Wells
New Zealand
Mr. Joakim Hammarsjö
Awa Sweden AB
Sweden
Mr. Ivan Bacellar Ahlert
Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira
Brazil
Mr. Steven H. Leach
Ridout & Maybee LLP
Canada
Mr. Felipe Claro
Claro y Cia.
Chile
Mr. Marek Łazewski
LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners
Poland
Ms. Shauna M.A. Paul
MacRae & Co.
Canada
DI Peter Puchberger
Puchberger & Partner Patentanwälte
Austria
Mr. Bastiaan H. Koster
Von Seidels
South Africa
Mr. Ian Gill
AA Thornton & Co.
United Kingdom
Dr. Sudhir Raja Ravindran
Altacit Global
India
Ms. Sini-Maaria Mikkilä
Boco IP Oy Ab
Finland
Ms. Lisa J. Moyles
Moyles IP, LLC
United States
Mr. Didier Intès
Cabinet Beau de Loménie
France
Mr. Bertrand Loisel
Cabinet Plasseraud
France
Ms. Maria Malburg
Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira
Brazil
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. M.S. (MIT) Patrick Erk
Grünecker Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Germany
Mr. Barış Atalay
Alfa Patent Stan Advoka Ltd. Co
Türkiye
Mr. Yoshihiro Ichii
ICHII INTERNATIONAL I.P. Firm
Japan
Mr. Philip Mendes Da Costa
Bereskin & Parr
Canada
Mr. Justin Cassell
Workman Nydegger
United States
Mr. Marc Levieils
Regimbeau
France
Mr. William Hammond
Cabinet Hammond & Cie.
France
Dipl.-Phys. Dr. rer. nat. Malte Köllner
Köllner & Partner mbB, Patentanwälte
Germany
Mr. R. Danny Huntington
Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.
United States
Mr. Peter H. Huntsman
Marquette IP
Australia
Ms. Neha Chugh
IPR International Services
India
Dipl.-Chem. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Schreiber
dompatent v. Kreisler Selting Werner - Partner- schaft v. Patentanwälten und Rechtsanwälten mbB
Germany
Mr. Alain M. Leclerc
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin
Canada
Mr. Guillaume De La Bigne
Cabinet LLR
France
Mr. Vikrant Rana
S.S. Rana & Co. Advocates
India
Dipl.-Phys. Dr.-Ing. LL.M. Karl Heinz Rackette
RACKETTE Patentanwälte PartG mbB
Germany
Mr. Chris Bird
FPA Patent Attorneys
Australia