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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

At CPA Global we exist to take the hassle out of IP; liberating the world’s IP experts from process; empowering them to do what they do best.

Since 1969, we’ve been relentlessly reducing risk for our customers; setting the standard for reliability and secure, verified data; driving efficiency through best practice and actionable IP intelligence.

And we’ve always recognised the value of technology applied by the very best people; experts who balance the big picture and microscopic detail; those energised by unwavering focus on customer success.

It’s what has made us the global leader in IP management, trusted with the most critical assets of the world’s leading corporates and firms.

But like the IP experts we serve, our quest for progress never ends. We’re building new and faster ways to liberate our customers; creating a platform that’s continuously improving; driven by a culture that’s obsessed with better.

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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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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Joan Mill
Managing Director, EMEA

Joan and her team are charged with the growth of our business in Europe, Middle East & Africa. With her relentless focus on customers while bringing quality software & services to the market, Joan leans on her past international experience. As Founder and CEO of an IP software company – NovumIP, she brings industry knowledge, software experience and strong customer relationships to her role. After working as a partner with Salesforce.com and SAP, Joan seeks to leverage her background in Sales leadership and Product to deliver seamless customer experience.

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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.