James Horgan

James Horgan​, Immediate Past President

James is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, and has a master’s degree in IP litigation. He has over 20 years of experience in patents, having joined the patent profession directly after obtaining 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.

He was President of the IP Federation from 2017 to 2018.