About us

CPA Global

OUR VISION

At CPA Global we believe that ideas change the world. Our purpose is to help business leaders and IP professionals change the way they manage them. It's a responsibility we take very seriously.

About us

CPA Global is the world’s leading Intellectual Property (IP) Management and Technology company. We serve over 10,000 customers and connect millions of global IP users every day.

Like our customers, we too are innovators, bringing to market new ways to manage IP more efficiently, minimise risk and make better decisions through revolutionary technology and platform application.

We provide:

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our global presence

23 offices, across 4 continents and 12 countries, our technology and services are underpinned by an outstanding global team of over 2000 people.

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our story

Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands, in 1969, our heritage began in providing patent renewal services to our founding law firms.

Over the last 40 years, the market for IP services has grown consistently and we have partnered our customers during this time, through expansion into Asia and the US since the 1970s, offering trademarks services since the 1980s, and by providing essential IP software since 2000.

In 2012, CPA Global was acquired by private equity firm Cinven. This created an exciting opportunity to strengthen our footprint in mainland Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, further accelerating our growth.

Since then, we have successfully delivered on our shared strategy, investing significantly in software and technology-enabled service development, and adding patent information and analytics to our product suite. In 2015, we bought premier US-based IP intelligence software provider Innography further enhancing our technology and analytics capabilities, and strengthening our vision to offer end-to-end IP support across the idea lifecycle.

We are redefining innovation and IP management in our industry through The IP Platform™, our new technology platform for innovation and IP management – offering a unified and connected view of all IP information, workflows and tasks.

CPA Global and its shareholders will continue to evaluate a range of strategic options for the company, including a potential sale or IPO, over the medium term.

Our leadership team

Our leadership team come from a broad base of backgrounds, and have many, many years of responsibility running global organisations.
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Simon Webster
Chief Executive Officer

Simon joined CPA Global in 2000, and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2003. He has a deep knowledge of the business, its customers and markets and the Intellectual Property industry. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2015 having previously served as Chief Business Development Officer and Chief Operations Officer. Before joining CPA Global, Simon worked in the UK financial services sector, successfully leading business change programmes, delivering technology transformations and supporting M&A transactions.

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Ben Gujral
Chief Financial Officer

Ben brings more than 12 years’ experience as a CFO of private equity-backed and listed companies, and a strong track record of managing growth businesses. Previously, Ben was CFO of Oaktree Capital-backed Harkand Group, and CFO at Mood Media, during which time the Company increased revenues from US$150m to $550m, completed a successful IPO in London and raised over $1bn in debt financing in both US and European markets. Ben was previously CFO at Transcom and DCS.

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Melanie Fitzpatrick
Chief Marketing Officer

Melanie is a highly experienced marketing professional and strategic business leader with a successful track record of working with international businesses. At CPA Global, she leads the marketing and communications teams to deliver a multi-channel marketing strategy worldwide. Melanie joined in 2015 from Allegis Group where she was Managing Director, Strategic Operations, and worldwide brand advisor to the Group.

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Gordon Samson
Chief Operating Officer

Gordon is responsible for ensuring that operational delivery and efficiency is maximised across the company. He also oversees the delivery of seamless customer experiences within the organisation. Gordon brings years of senior management and operational experience from a variety of international businesses including, most recently, international marketing services company Williams Lea.

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Patrick Simpson
Chief Commercial Officer

Patrick has responsibility for the Commercial function, driving commercial strategy and pricing execution. Since Patrick joined us in 2009, he has worked across all regions in a number of roles in Sales, Deal Management and Operations. Prior to his current role, Patrick worked in the Corporate Development team where he was involved in projects including the acquisition of Innography.

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Jean Hughes
Director, Law Firms

Jean leads our IP law firm business strategy helping law firms better serve their clients. Jean joined us in 2013 to manage the relationship transformation with our former IP law firm shareholders. A solicitor, Jean began her career at Baker & McKenzie before moving to the IP departments of Allen & Overy and Freshfields, then into industry where she held General Counsel positions at Siemens, eBay and Fujitsu.

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Toni Nijm
Chief Product & Strategy Officer

Toni is responsible for our product and services portfolio. A qualified patent attorney, Toni drives the Company’s strategy to deliver greater connectivity and integration of its software and services. Previously, Toni co-founded and was CEO for Ipendo, the Sweden-based IP management software and service provider that CPA Global acquired in 2011.

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Phil Fearnley
Chief Technology Officer
Phil oversees the development and delivery of new products as well as the operational software and technology that will drive both organisational growth and manage the business. With a primary responsibility to create an exceptional user experience across our entire software portfolio, Phil has a focus on research and development, turning emerging technologies into breakthrough products that will drive our strategy. A digital strategist, Phil has 15 years blue chip technical and business consulting experience.
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Mark Best
Corporate Development Director

Mark is responsible for corporate development and has recently led our acquisitions of Innography, Landon IP, Patrafee and IP Forecaster.. Prior to joining us in 2013, Mark led strategy consulting engagements for multinational clients at McKinsey & Co. He previously worked within The Carlyle Group’s European private equity investment team and in J.P. Morgan Cazenove’s corporate finance division.

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Amanda Harris
Company Group Secretary

As Group Company Secretary, Amanda Harris is responsible for all aspects of statutory compliance for the CPA Global group of companies worldwide as well as overseeing secretariat duties. Prior to joining CPA Global in 2011, Amanda held senior positions in the Jersey finance sector, where she was responsible for the delivery of administration services to an international portfolio of clients’ companies and trusts.

Key executives

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Tyron Stading
Chief Data Officer

Tyron is responsible for creating unified data integration and analytics across all of CPA Global products and services. In 2006, Tyron founded and served as CTO for Innography, the US-based IP analytics software provider that CPA Global acquired in 2015. He was previously employed at IBM and several other high technology start-ups. Tyron has a Computer Science degree from Stanford University and an MBA from University of Texas. His specialisation is in Machine Learning and Security, having filed over three dozen patents and published multiple research papers.

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Alex Cregan
EVP Sales, North America

Alex is responsible for all business development activities in the North American market. Alex brings 15 years’ experience in the IP marketplace, and 12 years of direct sales management at CPA Global to the team.