The ultimate governing body of FICPI is the Executive Committee (EXCO), which consists of delegates from each of FICPI’s member national associations and sections.
The EXCO meets at least once a year and is chaired by the President. Each national section or association is given one vote, regardless of the number of FICPI members in their country. Observers from FICPI’s commissions, sister organisations and WIPO are also invited to attend EXCO meetings. In addition to agreeing FICPI’s annual budget, membership fees and admitting new members, the EXCO also considers and debates draft position papers and resolutions that set out FICPI policy on specific issues relevant to the IP profession and their clients.
The Bureau is elected every three years by the EXCO and assumes the duties and responsibilities of the management of FICPI. The President presides over the Bureau, which also consists of the Vice President, the Secretary General, the Treasurer General and one or more Deputy Secretaries General. The Bureau holds monthly meetings, mostly by telephone, but the work of the Bureau is conducted on a daily basis. The work of the Bureau is periodically reviewed and approved by the EXCO.
The Advisory Council is a consultative body which supervises observance of FICPI’s statutes, rules and code of conduct, the decisions of the EXCO and the traditions of the federation. The members of the Bureau may seek advice or recommendations from the Council. The preceding President of FICPI is the Coordinator of the Council.