The full name of FICPI Australia is the Australian
Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys. We are a self-governing
national association of an international group that was established
in Europe in 1906, the Fédération Internationale
des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle - FICPI.
FICPI is an association of intellectual property
attorneys in private practice, which today can boast a growing
membership of approximately 3800 in over 80 countries.
Some of the aims of FICPI are to liaise with
national and regional IP offices as well as other groups,
such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation, to provide
a balanced perspective of the needs of IP users, the clients
of FICPI members, in relation to intellectual property protection,
and to foster international cooperation within the profession
of intellectual property attorneys in private practice.
FICPI is governed by its Executive Committee,
which is made up of a delegate and an alternative delegate
from each affiliated national section or association, including
Australia. FICPI conducts its activities through voluntary
member participation, and its functions and activities are
the responsibility of specific commissions.
By far the largest commission is the CET, the
Study & Work Commission, which is responsible for the
supervision and examination of developments in international
and national legislation as well as for the preparation of
opinions by FICPI that are presented to relevant authorities.
The CET members work within a number of sub-groups specialising
in the main branches of intellectual property protection.
Currently these are: international and European trade mark
issues; designs issues; international and European patent
issues; life sciences and chemistry issues; IP litigation
issues; software issues; and traditional knowledge issues.
The successful functioning of the CET relies on input from
its members. Membership is open to all members of FICPI Australia,
with the approval of its executive Council.
Further information on FICPI is available at
its website www.ficpi.org.
FICPI Australia is governed by its Articles
of Association, which require the election of an executive
Council for three year terms. The Council is made up of a
President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, the immediate past President
and six ordinary council members. You are encouraged to contact
any Council member, and contact details of selected members
are given on this website.
Membership of FICPI Australia is restricted
to Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys who are principals or partners
in private practice firms or are in sole practice with more
than one client. For more information, see Members & Membership.
Membership of FICPI Australia automatically leads to membership
of FICPI, and membership of FICPI by intellectual property
attorneys practising in Australia is only available through
FICPI Australia serves the interests of its
- Attending meetings with IP Australia and
other Australian groups to provide a balanced perspective
of the needs of IP users, the clients of members of FICPI
Australia, in relation to intellectual property protection.
- Providing information and commenting to members
on domestic and international legislation and activities
concerning intellectual property.
- Providing such information and comment to
government and other bodies, including IP Australia, the
Advisory Council on Intellectual Property and the Australian
Law Reform Council, as well as to the media.
- Providing ethical guidelines for its members.
Arranging meetings and seminars where members may meet and
discuss topics of interest.
- Providing external speakers on a range of
issues, including those relating to the business of conducting
patent and trademark attorney practices.