FICPI Sweden is the Swedish national association within FICPI, an international organization with members from more than 80 countries and regions. FICPI represents patent and trademark attorneys in private practice and handles issues related to their work, both the practical day-to-day work and legislative issues worldwide.
FICPI has an extensive international operation, and FICPI members participate as observers in meetings of WIPO, EPO and EUIPO, among others. FICPI also organizes regular meetings including representatives of the major patent offices in the world. Moreover, FICPI has regular meetings with representatives of the various directories at the European Commission as well as in other international bodies.
For Swedes, a membership in FICPI Sweden is a prerequisite for membership in FICPI. Through this membership you will get a global contact network and also the opportunity to gain an insight into, and participate in, the development of intellectual property throughout the world.
FICPI Sweden regularly arranges seminars in Sweden, focusing on current issues and trends in the international IP work. Lecturers are often FICPI members from different parts of the world. The seminars are open for everyone, although members of FICPI Sweden participate at a reduced cost.
Every three years, FICPI holds a world congress. In the intervening two years, FICPI organizes open fora and symposia. At the Open Forum various international issues are discussed, in three parallel series of workshops. There are not only speakers from FICPI but also invited lecturers from patent offices, international bodies, judges, business representatives, etc. These events are also open for non-members, even though members participate at a reduced cost.
FICPI also conducts education in drafting of patent claims, as well in Europe as in Asia. In recent years, the organization has furthermore organized symposia in collaboration with local FICPI groups in Asia.
Meetings, conferences and committees
FICPI’s conferences, committees and meetings are opportunities to gather insights from local Swedish professional colleagues or from the international advocacy community on IP-related issues and topics in intellectual property law.
FICPI meetings are known for engaging top quality speakers and topics in enjoyable global locations, with an important social programme to promote the opportunity to build relationships and enhance networking at dinners and tours, competitions and sports activities.
FICPI Sweden organises various events for members and others throughout the year, mainly through the seminar activities where we are proud to present high profile speakers. An ordinary annual meeting is held in the autumn. Members who have a topic they would like FICPI Sweden to address at a seminar are welcome to contact the Council.
FICPI Sweden is one of the bodies receiving legislative proposals for consultation from the Swedish Government Offices, regarding intellectual property legislation. In our work to prepare referral responses, we often collaborate with other intellectual property associations in Sweden, mainly SEPAF and SPOF, to make the best possible use of human resources.
Members of FICPI Sweden also benefit from membership in the FICPI global community:
- Exclusive access to the FICPI World Congress which is held every three years, bringing together FICPI members from all over the world to discuss and pass resolutions on issues of common interest or concern;
- Reduced registration fees for FICPI’s Open Forum which is held in each of the two years between the Congress;
- Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other jurisdictions on FICPI’s committee work, including the Study & Work Committee (“CET“), which deals with issues relating to IP laws and practice, and the Practice Management Committee (“PMC“), which looks at matters relevant to the management of IP firms.
FICPI Sweden’s member representation within FICPI
All members of FICPI Sweden have an entry in the global membership list where they can list their professional qualifications and technical background, noting particular areas of experience or specialism, and include a short biography with a photograph.
FICPI Sweden has full representation by its official delegates on FICPI’s governing body, the Executive Committee (ExCo), several members of FICPI Sweden also have roles within FICPI’s CET committees.
Some FICPI members work in the FICPI Academy as tutors on FICPI patent courses, such as SEADTM, organised in South East Asia, Europe and Latin America. Currently, none of FICPI Sweden’s members are active in this work. Please contact the board if you are interested in hearing more.