Our history

CPA Global has more than 45 years of experience in the IP industry.

The business was founded in 1969 in Jersey, Channel Islands, and today is a truly global organisation, employing over 2,000 IP people.

With a heritage that began in patent annuities, the business expanded into Asia and the US in the 1970s, and grew services to encompass trademarks in the 1980s.

From 2000, the scope of our offer has grown dramatically. The business systematically acquired leading software, service and information companies to build a unique breadth and depth of capability, spanning the entire IP lifecycle and with an unrivalled network that circles the globe.

In 2012, CPA Global was acquired by private equity firm Cinven. This heralded a new chapter in our development and has driven an accelerated growth strategy and strengthening of the business’ global footprint in mainland Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

It also saw four acquisitions in three years: Silicon Valley-based developer of IP electronic document management systems First To File in 2013; IP service provider Patrafee in the Nordics (together with its IP Forecaster budgeting tool) in 2014; leading international search brand Landon IP also in 2014; and market innovators in information and analytics Innography in 2015. These acquisitions have significantly broadened CPA Global’s capabilities and market presence, helping create a single, integrated and universal powerhouse of IP.

As such, we are now uniquely positioned to define the IP management category going forward and to play a key role in transforming the industry as a whole.