About the IP Federation
Improving the IP Framework to Meet the Needs of Innovative Industry
The IP Federation represents the views of UK industry in both IPR policy and practice matters within the EU, the UK and internationally. It believes that a cost effective, high quality IPR framework is a critical component in industry's present and future successes in the global economy.
The policy papers on this website represent the views of the innovative and influential companies which are members of this well-established trade association.
IP Federation biographies
Carol Arnold, President
Carol is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney; a European Patent Attorney; and also an associate member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. She has over 30 years of experience in patents, having joined the patent profession directly after gaining a degree in environmental chemical engineering from the University of Exeter. Carol has represented Shell on the Council of the IP Federation since 2008, and in the past few years has also served as chair of the IP Federation patent committee.
Carol has worked on a range of subject areas in the oil products, refining, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and agrochemicals sectors, and has lived and worked in both the UK and the Netherlands.
In life outside Shell, Carol is a Trustee of the charity Through the Roof, with particular responsibility for Wheels for the World (which restores and distributes wheelchairs and mobility aids overseas).
Carol also enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, playing field hockey and singing.
David England, Company Secretary
David joined the IP Federation as Secretary in June 2010. His background is in medicinal chemistry, with a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge. He is also a UK and European patent attorney with 25 years' experience gained at Reckitt & Colman, Astra Pharmaceuticals and BTG International. During his career, he has worked extensively on the creation, defence and licensing of intellectual property (mainly patents, but also designs and trade marks), and has represented his employers on both the patent and design committees of the IP Federation.
In his spare time, he sings with the highly-regarded BBC Symphony Chorus, performing regularly at venues including the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall.
Claire Mares, Administrative Assistant
Claire joined the IP Federation as a part-time Admin Assistant at the end of June 2015.
She was born in Doncaster in South Yorkshire but grew up in Newquay in Cornwall. She now resides in London. Claire is married with two children. Prior to her role at the IP Federation she worked for three years in Chiswick as a full-time personal assistant to a shipping arbitrator and his wife, who is a writer and contributor to shipping reference books such as Modern Maritime Law.
Claire was a keen water sports enthusiast, having grown up in Cornwall. She has taken part in all water sports, particularly bodyboarding where she competed at British level. She obtained the British women’s bodyboarding title for three years in a row from 1995 to 1998. She was also part of a team who were sponsored for their achievements obtaining all the merchandise needed to represent a British team including bodyboards, wetsuits, clothing etc.
Some years ago Claire successfully completed the London Chamber of Commerce Industry’s (LCCI) personal private executive secretary’s diploma, which she studied at Cornwall College after completing the relevant BTEC business studies courses to enable her to do so. Claire has always had a keen interest in administrative procedures and obtained her RSA keyboarding, audio-typing and computer certificates whilst studying for the LCCI exam. She was offered a position as a junior legal secretary from one of her work experience placements at college and took this position once successfully completing the course.
Claire enjoys living in London very much, which is a massive contrast to Cornwall, although she visits Cornwall as often as she can as her family still reside there. Claire says that she especially enjoys the parks here in London and royal landmarks, visiting them frequently with her family, and also the many theatres and restaurants on her doorstep.