FICPI’s Practice Management Committee (PMC, formerly 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.

PMC 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 substantive IP issues.

In particular, PMC studies, develops positions, and makes recommendations regarding matters of professional practice with the objective of maintaining the requirements for membership of the profession at a high level. These matters include professional standards, best practices, continuing professional development and the profession as a business. It also monitors initiatives that seek to regulate the profession and its rights of representation.

  • PMC takes the lead in FICPI in matters of continuing professional development, the promotion of standards and best practices, and the profession as a business.
     
  • PMC helps by identifying trends in the profession and IP marketplace as well as challenges in the profession, and offers targeted advice.
     
  • PMC provides practical information and guidance to FICPI members about practice management, to support firms in their everyday business life and development.
     
  • PMC organises the Practice Management Stream of FICPI’s educational meetings, such as its Open Forums, including sessions on the profession as a business.
     
  • PMC deals with practical issues relating to IP asset management, IP valuation, litigation insurance and the like.
     
  • PMC produces a range of IP Practice Management Guides which are available to all FICPI members.

Visit the Practice Management for IP Firms pages for the latest news and practice tips from the PMC. 

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PMC is organised into five working groups, each focused on a key topic, and any member is free to raise any issue that might be of concern to them and of interest to other firms.

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Business Development and Marketing
  • Technology
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance

Any member of FICPI is welcome to join PMC, 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.


The President of the Practice Management Committee is elected by the Executive Committee and the members of the committee are chosen by its president after consultation with the Bureau.

President
Name Company Country Contact
Ms. Anne Lévy
Brandon IP
France
Vice-Presidents
Name Company Country Contact
Mr. Louis Lagler
RENTSCH PARTNER AG
Switzerland
Mr. Louis-Pierre Gravelle
Bereskin & Parr
Canada
Members
Name Company Country Contact
Mr. Didier Intès
Cabinet Beau de Loménie
France
Ms. Shauna M.A. Paul
MacRae & Co.
Canada
Ms. Lisa J. Moyles
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
United States
Mr. Folke Johansson
Papula-Nevinpat
Finland
Mr. Barış Atalay
Alfa Patent Stan Advoka Ltd. Co
Türkiye
Dr. Sudhir Raja Ravindran
Altacit Global
India
Mr. Guillaume De La Bigne
Cabinet LLR
France
Dipl.-Phys. Dr. rer. nat. Malte Köllner
Köllner & Partner mbB, Patentanwälte
Germany
Ms. Sini-Maaria Mikkilä
Boco IP Oy Ab
Finland
Mr. R. Danny Huntington
Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.
United States
Ms. Maria Malburg
Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira
Brazil
Mr. Justin J. Cassell
Workman Nydegger
United States
Dipl.-Chem. Dr. rer. nat. Jobst Wibbelmann
Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff, Patentanwälte PartG mbB
Germany
Mr. Felipe Claro
Claro y Cia.
Chile
Mr. Philip Mendes Da Costa
Bereskin & Parr
Canada
Mr. Jeffrey R. Kuester
Taylor English Duma LLP
United States
Ms. Sunita K. Sreedharan
SKS Law Associates
India
Mr. Arild Tofting
Bryn Aarflot AS
Norway
Dipl.-Chem. Dr. rer. nat. Christoph Schreiber
dompatent v. Kreisler Selting Werner - Partnerschaft v. Patentanwälten und Rechtsanwälten mbB
Germany
Dipl.-Phys. Dr.-Ing. LL.M. Karl Heinz Rackette
RACKETTE Patentanwälte PartG mbB
Germany
Mr. Chris Bird
FPA Patent Attorneys
Australia
Mr. William Hammond
Cabinet Hammond & Cie.
France
Ms. Allira Hudson-Gofers
Dentons Patent Attorneys Australasia
Australia
Ms. Neha Chugh
IPR International Services
India
Mr. Alain M. Leclerc
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin
Canada
Mr. Michael Liebetanz
Isler & Pedrazzini AG
Switzerland
Mr. Ivan Bacellar Ahlert
Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira
Brazil
Ms. Mireia Curell Aguilà
Curell-Suñol SLP
Spain
Mr. Rhys Williams
Abel + Imray
United Kingdom
Mr. P. Branko Pejic
Greenblum & Bernstein P.L.C.
United States
Mr. Vikrant Rana
S.S. Rana & Co. Advocates
India
Mr. Marek Łazewski
LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners
Poland
Dipl.-Chem. Dr. rer. nat. Ruth Christophersen
Janke Scholl Patentanwälte PartG mbB
Germany
Mr. Joakim Hammarsjö
AWA Sweden AB
Sweden
Mr. Ahmad Saleh
Al Tamimi & Co.
United Arab Emirates
Mr. Martín Bensadón
Marval O'Farrell & Mairal
Argentina
Mr. Ian Gill
AA Thornton & Co.
United Kingdom
Ms. Samar A. Al-Labbad
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org)
Egypt
Mr. Eduardo Mello e Souza
Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira
Brazil
Mr. Bastiaan H. Koster
Von Seidels
South Africa
Mr. Stephen G. Krouzecky
Australia
Mr. Bertrand Loisel
Cabinet Plasseraud
France
DI Peter Puchberger
Puchberger & Partner Patentanwälte
Austria
Ms. Britta Fromow
James & Wells
New Zealand
Mr. Bryan M. Gallo
Pearne & Gordon, LLP
United States
Ms. Ximena Castellanos
Castellanos & Co
Colombia
Mr. André Werner
Troesch Scheidegger Werner AG
Switzerland
Mr. Steven H. Leach
Ridout & Maybee LLP
Canada
Mr. Marc Levieils
Regimbeau
France
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. M.S. (MIT) Patrick Erk
Grünecker Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Germany
Mr. Olivier Delprat
Casalonga & Associés
France
Ms. Emily Ellis
Catalyst IP
New Zealand