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.
The IP Federation and its members are proud to support the IP Inclusive initiative and are committed to adhering to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of employment practice, including recruitment and retention, career development and workplace ethos. The forty-strong task force leading IP Inclusive includes representatives of the IP Federation.
IP Federation biographies
James Hayles, President
James is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney with over 25 years’ experience of IP work gained in private practice, Fisons plc and Pfizer Limited. He has represented his employers on both the patent committee and Council of the IP Federation for many of those years. His career has mostly been spent in the pharmaceutical field, obtaining and defending patent protection for new products globally. He gained a first degree in chemistry with biochemistry from Oxford University in 1987, and an LLM in IP litigation from Nottingham Trent University in 2009.
He was President of the IP Federation for a first term from 2010 to 2012.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking, cycling and sailing.
Carol Arnold, Immediate Past President
Carol is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, and also an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. She has over 30 years of experience in patents, having joining the patent profession directly after gaining a degree in environmental chemical engineering from the University of Exeter. 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.
Carol has represented Shell on the Council of the IP Federation from 2008, and has also served as chair of the IP Federation patent committee from 2011 to 2014, and then as President from 2014 to 2016.
Carol also enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, and singing.
James Horgan, Vice-President
James is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, and has a Masters in IP litigation. He has over 20 years of experience in patents, having joined the patent profession directly after gaining a degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford. James has represented Merck Sharp & Dohme on the Council of the IP Federation since 2013, and previously served on the IP Federation patent committee. He is an inaugural industry member in the IAM list of the World’s 300 Leading IP Strategists.
James has worked on a range of subject areas in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological sectors. He is also a member of the IP Committees of BUSINESSEUROPE, EFPIA and IFPMA. He lives and works in the UK.
In life outside MSD, he is an elder of Hertford Town Church. He also enjoys teaching science to his daughter, exploring England and reading good books.
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.