Strategic Plan

FICPI’s current Strategic Plan was adopted by the ExCo during the Washington Congress in June 2009 after having been developed and discussed in detail at the Sydney ExCo in April 2008. 

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FICPI Strategic Plan 2009


FICPI is an association comprising Intellectual Property Attorneys in private practice desirous of strengthening their bonds of professional confraternity in the international field, of combining their efforts with a view to promoting reforms in the texts of conventions, legislation and regulations, and of dealing with questions relating to their profession, is established under the name:

  • Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
  • Internationale Föderation von Patentanwälten

The members all adhere to the Statutes, as found below.

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Statutes (Updated in Zurich 2016)

Code of Conduct

FICPI’s members are all bound by a code of professional conduct, known as the “Lugano Code”. For FICPI members who belong to a self-governing national association of IP attorneys, which is a member of FICPI, the national association has declared its adherents to the Lugano Code.

The Executive Committee ensures the observance of the Lugano Code by all its members. It is, however, incompetent to denounce and sanction the breaches and infractions which might be laid to the charge of the IP attorneys belonging to a member or recognised national association, which alone is qualified to ensure discipline within its jurisdiction.

In countries in which there is a recognised or a member national association, the regulations in respect of the soliciting of orders and of the publishing of advertisements by an Intellectual IP attorney in the country in which he carries on the profession are within the exclusive competence of the national association to which he belongs.

Any complaint relating to a possible violation of FICPI’s statutes, rules, code of professional conduct or decisions of the EXCO by an intellectual property attorney of the federation should be addressed to the President:

This Code, called: “LUGANO CODE”, was adopted unanimously by the Executive Committee during its meeting held at Bissonne from 27 April to 1 May 1981 and amended on 8 September 1997 in Copenhagen, on 19 October 1998 in Florence, on 15 April 2008 in Sydney, on 15 March 2011 in Cape Town, and on 8 November 2011 in Rome.

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Code of Professional Conduct