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.

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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. He is 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 Patents and Designs 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.


Gilly Webb, Administrative Assistant

Gilly Webb joined the IP Fed­er­a­tion as a part-time Admin Assist­ant in June 2012.

She was born in Dorset but now resides in London. She has three grown up child­ren. She has been sit­ting as a magis­trate for the past seven years in Central London, which she says she finds ex­tremely hum­bl­ing and re­warding.

Some years ago Gilly did a law de­gree. One element of the degree was In­tellectual Prop­er­ty which left her with a continuing interest in the subject. She enjoys travelling and two of her favour­ite lo­ca­tions are Cambodia and Viet­nam. She takes an active interest in current affairs.


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Latest Activities

  • Legal Services Board Regulatory Restrictions in Practising Rules for In-house Lawyers 

    The IP Federation has submitted a response to the discussion paper... 
    (April 23, 2015)
  • Substantive Patent Law Harmonisation [SPLH] 

    The IP Federation is making a further plea for continued efforts to find... 
    (April 22, 2015)
  • The EU Trade Secrets Directive (December 2014) 

    The IP Federation has submitted to MEPs a paper on the proposed... 
    (March 02, 2015)
  • Costs of using the Unitary Patent Package 

    The IP Federation has issued a brief paper on the costs of using... 
    (February 23, 2015)