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.

Click here to see a list of current members and to find out how to join us ››

IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive

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 is also 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, 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.

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