IPAN Members

IPAN now has around 40 varied commercial, financial, professional and academic member organisations, all with a shared enthusiasm for IP and a passionate belief in its key role in the developing “knowledge” economy. The UK Intellectual Property Office is an observer member.

Information about becoming a member of IPAN can be found here.

Current corporate members of IPAN include those shown below: – 

Alliance for Intellectual Property

Established in 1998, the Alliance for Intellectual Property represents trade associations across the creative, branded and design industries concerned with ensuring that IP rights are valued in the UK and that a legislative regime exists which enables the value and contribution of these rights to be fully realised.  Its members include representatives of the audiovisual, music, games and business software, and sports industries, branded manufactured goods, publishers, retailers and designers.

Anthony Jones (UK)


Anthony Jones Insurance Brokers was established in 1984 and has offices in Bristol and Bromley.  It offers independent IP and other specialist insurance and risk management advice in the business and private sector, developing long-standing relationships with its customers and insurance partners, built on trust and reputation.

Anti Copying in Design

ACID – Anti Copying in Design – is committed to supporting designers, makers and manufacturers in all sectors to raise awareness about the importance of IP for innovation and growth.  It is the only UK trade organisation exclusively representing designers in 1000+ companies from 25 different industry sectors with a collective turnover of £3 billion and is committed to fighting IP theft to safeguard innovation and ensuring that IP can be fully protected, exploited and commercialised.

Anti-Counterfeiting Group

ACG – the Anti-Couterfeiting Group – represents the voice of business in shaping an effective deterrent to counterfeiting in the UK.  ACG helps to steer effective policy, promote evidenced based actions, empower multi-agency partnerships and strengthen international collaboration.

ACCA - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

ACCA – the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – the global body for professional accountants, believes that accountancy is vital for economies to grow and prosper and works all over the world to build the profession and make society fairer and more transparent.

Anti Copying in Design

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce.  Aston Business School is renowned for the quality of its teaching, the impact of its research and its supportive environment.

Barclays Bank PLC

Barclays is a major international bank which moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. It has more than 325 years of history and expertise in banking from its beginnings in 1690 in Lombard Street, London, through to the launch of the world’s first ATM and innovative mobile phone payments services.

Billings Jackson Design

Billings Jackson Design is an industrial design firm founded in 1992 with studios in London, New York and Chicago.  Focusing on the built environment, it works with multi-disciplinary design teams on urban infrastructure projects, calling this applied industrial design, and with leading manufacturers on building products including lighting and furniture ranges.

Bournemouth University - Centre for IP Policy and Managment

The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) is part of the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University, UK. It was established in 2000 and has rapidly achieved an international reputation for its innovative policy research and its consultancy projects, in particular in the fields of creative industries and emerging technologies.

British Brands Group

The British Brands Group is a membership organisation dedicated to championing brands in the UK.  Its objective is to ensure that the positive contribution of brands to consumers, the economy and society, is better understood by policy makers and others.  Its members include leading brand manufacturers of all sizes and it provides a forum for them to discuss issues affecting brands in the UK.

British Society of Plant Breeders

The British Society of Plant Breeders promotes the understanding of the science and business of plant breeding and represents the interests of commercial plant breeders with regulators, policy makers, research funders and other industry organisations. Their success in delivering new plant varieties through innovation depends on being able to operate in an enabling regulatory framework with an appropriate reward for innovation supported with effective powers of IP enforcement and adequate and appropriately targeted public funding for relevant R & D.

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) is the professional and examining body for patent attorneys in the United Kingdom. The Institute was founded in 1882 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1891. It represents over 2000 chartered patent attorneys, whether they practise in industry or in private practice. Total membership is over 3500 and includes trainee patent attorneys and other professionals with an interest in IP matters.

Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Founded in 1934, chartered in 2016, the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) is a professional membership organisation with the power to shape law and practice – nationally and internationally.  CITMA represents the interests of over 1500 trade mark and design professionals, and fights to bring recognition to the work they do.  Its community of members includes fully qualified trade mark attorneys, those in training and support roles, and barristers and solicitors with a trade mark or design interest working around the world.

British Society of Plant Breeders

Contra Vision was founded in 1985 to pursue the exploitation of its dominant patent for one-way vision and other see-through graphics, its portfolio also includes some 30 patented or patent-pending improvement inventions in this field.  Its products and those of its licensees are seen worldwide on the windows of bus wraps, building wraps, as advertisements on retail outlets, bus stops, etc.  It received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade in 2014 and for Innovation in 2015.

Federation Against Copyright Theft

Established for over 30 years, FACT – the Federation Against Copyright Theft – is at the forefront of the fight against intellectual property crime in the UK and internationally, specialising in protecting both physical and digital content. IP crime is a global problem and is costing the UK economy hundreds of millions of pounds each year. Recognised as the leaders in tackling IP crime, FACT’s work is vital in ensuring digital and physical content is protected and businesses continue to flourish.

Federation Against Software Theft

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) was formed in 1984 and was the world’s first organisation to promote the legal use of software and to defend the intellectual property rights of software publishers. FAST works with its members, law enforcement communities (trading standards officers and local police forces), to detect and combat the sale of infringing software.  FAST also helps organisations regularise their software estates when reports of possible misuse or under-licensing have been received about them.

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Genesis was set up in 1990 by Peter Dealtrey as a marketing and IP advisory business specialising in horticultural and agricultural plants. Genesis protects, markets and licenses plant varieties on behalf of plant breeders worldwide, guiding and advising clients through the PBR, patent or trademark process. It offers a complete service throughout the process of bringing a new variety to market from initial appraisal of a new variety’s market suitability and placing for trials under a Test and Talk trial agreement, to providing a full royalty reporting and collection service.

Guernsey IP Commercial Group

Established in 2002, the Guernsey IP Commercial Group brings together advocates, IP professionals and commercial advisors, based in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, committed to promoting the economic importance of IP rights on a local and international scale.

Haberman Associates

Mandy Haberman is perhaps best known for inventing and commercialising the world’s first totally non-spill toddler cup – the iconic Anywayup® cup – which grabbed 40 per cent market share shortly after it was launched and went on to revolutionise the nursery industry worldwide.  She is a strong advocate of IP rights and is committed to raising awareness, educating and campaigning to help make IP and enforcement more accessible for SMEs, micro businesses and individuals.

Ideas 21

ideas21, now in its 13th year, provides information and resources to innovators, both corporate and individual.  Supported by government and industry, it specialises in the field of intellectual property and the successful commercialisation of innovators ideas.  ideas21 offers workshops, seminars and free “one-to-one” advice sessions in London, Birmingham and Bristol.  Its advisors are industry professionals with experience ranging from protection of the initial idea, design and prototyping to licensing and manufacture.

Ideas Matter

Ideas Matter is a consortium of cross-sector enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses and trade associations that aims to expand awareness and promote the benefits of intellectual property. Ideas Matter firmly believes that ideas are important to the economy, important to society, important to companies both large and small. In other words, Ideas Matter for society, business and individuals.

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

The Institute of Brand and Innovation Law was established in 2007, by the late Sir Hugh Laddie, within the UCL Faculty of Laws to reflect its strategy of expanding its activity in the field of intellectual property law.  IBIL’s staff have judicial, practical and academic experience and, in addition, are assisted by an advisory panel, consisting of judges, practitioners and members of the intellectual property institutions.

Institute of International Licensing Practitioners

The Institute of International Licensing Practitioners (IILP) was founded in 1969 for professionals offering services for the commercial exploitation, licensing and transfer of intellectual property.  IILP members must adhere to a strict Code of Professional Conduct to ensure the highest possible standard of professional practice is maintained.   In addition to promoting greater awareness and understanding of IP licensing its benefits in business development, the IILP helps those requiring professional licensing services contact a qualified licensing practitioner in the relevant field.

Institution of Engineering and Technology

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries.  It is also the most multidisciplinary , reflecting the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century.  Formed in March 2006 by a merger of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers, the current Royal Charter and Bye-laws came into effect from 1 October 2016.  The IET heritage dates back to 1871, and its mission today is to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.


IP Federation

The IP Federation is a trade association with some 40 or so members which represents the views of UK innovative  industry in both IP rights policy and practice matters in the EU, UK and internationally.  The Federation works to ensure that proper rights are available, can be secured in a straightforward and efficient way and can be litigated without undue complexity and expense. The Federation is very active in pursuing these needs and is of value to all companies, of whatever size, which own IP rights.  It believes that a cost effective, high quality IP rights framework is a critical component in industry’s present and future successes in the global economy.

Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property  rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.  It operates and maintains a clear and accessible IP system in the UK, which encourages innovation and helps the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas.  It helps people get the right type of protection for their creation or invention. In April 2007, the Intellectual Property Office became the operating name of The Patent Office first set up in 1852 in London to grant patents.  It now has over 1,000 staff located in Newport and London. The IPO has observer associate status within IPAN.

IP Office - Bailiwick of Guernsey

The Guernsey Intellectual Property Office is responsible for administering intellectual property rights within the Bailiwick of Guernsey.  Patents, trade marks and designs may be registered and since December 2012,  the Office has been receiving applications to register Image Rights in Guernsey. Database rights may also be registered in Guernsey through the Office.


International Chamber of Commerce - UK

The mission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is to promote international trade and investment through a rules-based multilateral system. Supporting cross-border trade and investment and, more broadly, the essential role of business in society, has been the mission of our world business organization since a handful of entrepreneurs created ICC over 90 years ago. Today, ICC’s global network has grown to over six million companies, chambers of commerce and business associations in more than 130 countries.

Institute of International Licensing Practitioners

As the national United Kingdom association of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys,  FICPI-UK aims to represent the views of its members and their firms, and thus to be broadly representative of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in private practice in the UK. Membership views are sought in a variety of ways, and as part of FICPI, FICPI-UK also provides a voice to the UK profession’s views in international issues. FICPI was founded in 1906 in Europe, and now has members in over eighty countries around the World. It holds regular professional meetings, and its representatives have the opportunity to meet with the major IP offices on an annual basis.

James Ware Stephenson logo

James Ware Stephenson solicitors work extensively with the creative and entertainment sectors, including digital media, music, film, tv, fashion, photography and digital games.  We have considerable experience in musical and straight theatre and other forms of live entertainment.  At the heart of our practice is a deep understanding of the creative industries and the legal factors that underpin our clients’ commercial and professional success, in particular intellectual property.

The Knowledge Transfer Network - KTN

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) helps businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people’s lives. KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines in-depth knowledge in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries.

KTN is a network partner of Innovate UK

Licensing Executives Society - UK

The Licensing Executives Society of Britain & Ireland (LES B&I) is one of 32 member societies of the global umbrella organisation LES International (LESI) and is also one of the most active. It is the society for professionals and business people interested in licensing, the transfer of technology, and the commercialisation of intellectual property rights. Members of LES B&I include industry and university executives, scientists, engineers, academics, public officials, accountants, lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, and consultants. The Society provides unique opportunities for multidisciplinary education and networking, locally and globally.

London Business School

London Business School is one of the world’s elite business schools  – driving original and provocative business thinking that challenges and informs students, leaders and policy makers globally.  Innovation and Entrepreneurship are major themes for the School and many MBA students choose to study at the School because of its entrepreneurship programmes, its track record of producing successful new student-led ventures and its network of successful and aspiring entrepreneurs – all underpinned by thought-leading academic research and practice.

Queen Mary IP Research Institute

The Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI)  is an internationally renowned research institution in intellectual property law and related areas of commercial law.  QMIPRI is part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London and is based at the postgraduate law centre in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London.  QMIPRI research is carried out in all fields of IP law, taking an international and comparative perspective.  Around 30 to 40 PhD students complement the vibrant research culture.

Sybaris Legal and IP

Sybaris Legal & IP (formerly COBRA Legal & IP) is the market-leading expert in Intellectual Property Insurance, and has the most comprehensive range of options available.  Its name change reflects its own identity, although it still trades beneath COBRA London Markets Ltd, the London Market and Lloyd’s broking arm of the COBRA Group.   Sybaris Legal & IP believes that others should not profit unnecessarily from hard work and innovation.  Registration of IP rights only provides a starting point and enforcing IP rights thereafter can be too costly for all but the largest multinational companies.   IP insurance solutions give IP rights “teeth” and protect the real corporate value.

Trevor Baylis Brands plc

Trevor Baylis Brands plc (TBB) was set up in 2003 by Trevor Baylis CBE (the entrepreneur inventor of the wind-up radio) with a group of experienced business professionals to help inventors struggling to develop and protect their ideas. Since then, TBB has helped over 9,000 inventors and entrepreneurs and launched several spin-off companies.  More recently TBB has expanded its portfolio of services to help individuals and businesses at all stages of development. At the core of its business model is the Enterprise Service which provides a framework for developing ideas into successful enterprises. It starts with the Discovery Service that reviews ideas and reports on what is needed to take it further.

University of the Arts London - logo

The University of the Arts London (UAL) includes Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. It is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design.

At UAL we are committed to educating our students about intellectual property. We recognise that is imperative for all of our students, who are working towards a career in the creative industry, to understand both how to protect their work, and how to legally make use of, or avoid infringing other people’s work. We do this through lectures, workshops and events as well as our online educational resource; www.CreativeIP.org.

Valuation Consulting

Valuation Consulting is an international business and intangible asset valuation firm providing business valuation and intangible asset valuation services worldwide.  It shares expertise and works with Valuation Research Group offices worldwide on projects and to manage engagements associated with the valuation of businesses and intangible assets.  Business valuation in its broadest sense is critical to the commercial success of most businesses. The constituent parts of goodwill and intangible assets nearly always represent the key assets in any business.  Valuation Consulting has a balanced client base ranging from Fortune 1000 and Eurotop 100 companies, Governments, Financial Institutions and Banks to small,privately held businesses across all industries.

Other members of IPAN include the following individuals: – 


Dr Stephen C Smith

Steve is a Chartered Patent Attorney, experienced in pharmaceutical industry patent and related IP matters.  Now semi-retired, he continues to be a strong advocate for improved education and understanding about the value of IP in government, industry and commerce. He has been actively involved with IPAN and its website – www.ipaware.org – since 2000.