About us

CPA Global

Ideas are your
most valuable asset

CPA Global is the world’s leading Intellectual Property [IP] management and technology company, trusted by many of the world’s most respected corporations and law firms. Our powerful integrated platform of IP software and services powers and manages the valuable ideas of the most innovative and disruptive companies.

We work with IP teams, IP law practices, innovators and leaders to support the day-to-day delivery of IP tasks, providing the right information at the right time, and enabling professionals to make better IP decisions for the future.

Our integrated suite of IP software, services and information is underpinned by an outstanding global team of over 2000 people, working together to help our customers deliver strategic value for the future of their organisations.

Like our customers, we too are innovators, bringing to market a pipeline of new ways to manage IP more efficiently, minimise risk and make better decisions through our revolutionary IP Platform.

Technology that empowers. Services and information that enable. Simple, joined up solutions at your fingertips.

We are creating the future of IP that is altogether better connected, integrated and collaborative.

our global footprint

23 offices across 4 continents and 12 countries, and an agent network of 1,300 across 200 jurisdictions. We support many of the world’s best-known corporations and law firms with a range of IP services, helping them to manage risk, cost and capacity, and to realise greater value for their businesses.


our story

CPA Global is the world leader in software, services and data to the Intellectual Property sector. Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands, in 1969, our heritage began in providing patent renewal services to our founding law firms. Over the last forty 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 was the start of an exciting time for CPA Global, creating an opportunity to strengthen our footprint in mainland Europe, North America and Asia Pacific and further accelerating our growth.

Over the five years since, we have successfully delivered on our shared strategy. We have invested significantly in developing software and technology-enabled services, and have added patent information and analytics to our comprehensive product suite. In 2015, the acquisition of premier US-based IP intelligence software provider Innography further strengthened our technology and analytics capabilities, and strengthened our vision to offer end-to-end IP support across the idea lifecycle.

We are redefining innovation and IP management in our own 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.

With 25 offices across 4 continents and 12 countries, and an agent network of 1,300 across 200 jurisdictions, we now work with many of the world's best-known corporations and law firms, offering a range of IP services that help them realise value through managing risk, cost and capacity.

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

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 March 2000, and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2003. Over the last 17 years he has developed a deep knowledge of the business, its customers and markets and the Intellectual Property industry as a whole. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2015 having previously served as Chief Business Development Officer with responsibility for worldwide sales and, prior to that, as Chief Operations Officer responsible for business operations globally. Before joining CPA Global, Simon worked in the UK financial services sector for 12 years, successfully leading business change programmes, delivering technology transformations and supporting M&A transactions. Simon qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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Ben Gujral
Chief Financial Officer

Ben joined us in June 2016 bringing more than 12 years’ experience as a CFO of private equity-backed and listed companies, and a strong track record of managing growth businesses, both organically and through acquisitions. 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. Earlier in his career, Ben held CFO roles at Transcom and DCS in the business services sector.

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John Martin
COO Innovation Solutions

John is responsible for innovation lifecycle solutions both at CPA Global and Innography. He previously led Innography for four years, during which time he tripled the Company’s growth rate and directed major product advances and global expansion. Previously, at IQNavigator, John served in several C-level roles helping drive 50-fold revenue growth over 10 years. Prior to that, John was head of products at Saba Software and CSG Systems, was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co., and founded Oracle’s consulting division. John earned an MBA from Stanford with honours and two engineering degrees from MIT.

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Gordon Samson
Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Gordon is responsible for ensuring that operational delivery and efficiency is maximised across our company. He is also responsible for customer experience, to ensure that every part of our organisation is aligned to deliver a seamless customer journey. 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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Toni Nijm
Chief Product & Strategy Officer

Toni is responsible for our product and services portfolio, including the software platforms and development teams. In this role, Toni drives the Company’s strategy to deliver greater connectivity and integration of its software and services. A qualified patent attorney, Toni has been involved in software development for many years. In 2004, he 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
As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Phil oversees the development and delivery of the new products as well as the operational software and technology that will drive both organisational growth and manage the business. Phil has exceptional experience as a digital strategist, most recently working with the BBC to lead the development and delivery of some of the most innovative and complex digital transformation projects, such as the BBC iPlayer. Phil has 15 years blue chip technical and business consulting experience, has founded a number of start-ups and has an MBA from London Business School.
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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 us in March 2015 from Allegis Group where she was Managing Director, Strategic Operations, based in Sydney, and worldwide brand advisor to the Group.

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Jean Hughes
Director, Law Firms

Jean leads our IP law firm business strategy, building on our substantial customer base in this sector. A key focus is helping law firms better serve their clients, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. 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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Mark Best
Corporate Development Director

Mark is responsible for all aspects of corporate development and has led our acquisitions of Innography, Landon IP, Patrafee and IP Forecaster over the past three years. 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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Julie Cormack
Global Head of HR

Julie leads an international HR team, responsible for people development, training, recruitment, and compensation and benefits. She is also driving initiatives to further enhance the employee value proposition and employee engagement, and has overall responsibility for the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and activity worldwide. Julie has extensive experience in managing HR functions within multinational corporations. Julie has held a number of leadership roles including Global HR Director at Maersk, and has also worked at BP and international brewing company SABMiller on large transformation and change projects.

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Patrick Simpson
Chief Commercial Officer

Patrick has responsibility for the Commercial function, driving commercial strategy and pricing execution. Patrick joined us in 2009. During the past seven years, he has held a number of diverse roles across various disciplines including Sales, Deal Management, and Operations; as well as across all regions - Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Prior to taking on the commercial and pricing role, Patrick worked in the Corporate Development team where he was involved in a number of projects, including the acquisition of Innography.

Key executives

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Tyron Stading
Chief Data Officer

As 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 earned a Computer Science degree from Stanford University and an MBA from University of Texas at Austin. 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

As EVP Sales for North America, Alex is responsible for all business development activities in the North American market including alignment between sales and the corporate growth strategy, development of the NA market sales strategy, growth of existing customer relationships, acquisition of new customers and leading our pre-sales solutions team. Alex brings 15 years’ experience in the IP marketplace, and 12 years of direct sales management at CPA Global to the team.