About us

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:


our global presence

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


our story

Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands, in 1969, we first 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.

In 2017 CPA Global was acquired by private equity firm Leonard Green and Partners who share our vision and support our strategy as we continue to transform the IP management industry.

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 People & Marketing Officer

Mel leads the People and Marketing teams, overseeing the company’s brand and multi-channel marketing strategy as well as the company’s culture and experience initiatives, advancing CPA Global’s continued focus on diversity and inclusion.

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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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Toni Nijm
Chief Strategy Officer

Toni is responsible for our innovation and disruptive platforms. 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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Mark Best
Chief 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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Alex Cregan
President, North America

Alex and his team have full accountability for business growth in the Americas and have a relentless focus on our customers. Joining CPA Global in 2001 in the sales organisation, Alex has acquired over a decade of sales, business development and strategy experience. Most recently, he’s been the US lead in transforming our operating model to bring us closer to our customers.
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Gordon MacSween
Managing Director, EMEA

Gordon has enjoyed a 20-year career in operational, commercial and general management roles in B2B, within the manufacturing and service industries. After earning an engineering degree at Cambridge, he began his career in high-speed, continuous manufacture, learning the principles of kaizen and man management.  He joined a £500m building products conglomerate in a corporate development role after an Insead MBA, and went on to acquire, integrate and run businesses for them in the UK and Asia.  He’ll play any sport with equal enthusiasm - especially golf - and also plays occasionally in panto (to very small crowds).

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Yifeng Song
Managing Director, APAC

Yifeng is Managing Director of our Asia Pacific region. Bringing more than 24 years’ of management experience, Yifeng has held various strategic business leadership positions in the professional services and information technology industries. Prior to joining CPA Global, Yifeng took senior leadership positions in a number of technology service companies, and has acted as the Managing Director of Legal and Tax & Accounting in Thomson Reuters China.