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 Horgan​, 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 (MSD) 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, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA). He lives and works in the UK.

In life outside MSD, he is an active Christian and a member of an evangelical church. He also enjoys teaching science to his daughter, exploring England and reading good books.

James Hayles​, VP, Immedate Past President

James is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney with nearly 30 years of 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 from 2010 to 2012, and again from 2016 to 2017.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking, cycling and sailing.

Belinda Gascoyne, VP

Belinda GascoyneBelinda is a UK Chartered Patent At­torney and European Patent Attorney with over 20 years of practical experi­ence in all aspects of intellectual prop­erty gained both in private practice and in industry. She has represented IBM on the Council of the IP Federation since 2011. Belinda specialises in the fields of computing and electronics and has a degree in Physics from the University of Bristol.

Belinda also represents IBM on the techUK IP Policy Group, the DIGITAL­EUROPE Patents Working Group and the CIPA Computer Technology Commit­tee, and is a Director of ORoPO (Open Register of Patent Ownership).

Outside work, Belinda enjoys spending as much time as possible with family and friends as well as swimming, walking and sailing.

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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