The IP Federation elects new President, James Hayles

08 July 2016

The IP Federation is pleased to announce that James Hayles has been elected as the new President of the Federation, effective 8 July 2016.

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.

James will be assisted by Immediate Past President, Carol Arnold.

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.

They will both work with newly elected Vice-President, James Horgan.

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.

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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.