The IP Federation elects new President, James Horgan

14 July 2017

The IP Federation is pleased to announce that James Horgan has been elected as the new President of the Federation, effective 14 July 2017.

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 will be assisted by Immediate Past President, James Hayles.

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.

They will both work with newly elected Vice-President, Belinda Gascoyne.

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.