About Us

IPR License is the platform on which to list and license literary rights. The ground-breaking platform offers the opportunity to monetise or find the best new content in a global marketplace. It also acts as a copyright hub making it easier to locate copyright holders to clear permission for use of their work.

Who are IPR License

IPR License is a company developed out of IPR Connections, whose management have a successful 40-year history in licensing intellectual property.

For full details of the management’s history, click here.


IPR License Board of Directors

Tom Chalmers - Managing Director

Tom Chalmers set-up Legend Press in 2005, a book publisher focused predominantly on mainstream literary and commercial fiction, as well as publishing a small number of non-fiction titles. Chalmers has been shortlisted for UK Young Entrepreneur of the Year, UK Young Publisher of the Year, UK Young Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year, and longlisted for the Enterprising Young Brit Awards.

In 2008, Chalmers acquired a further publishing company, Paperbooks Publishing, run from the same office, and at the start of 2010 launched Legend Business, a business book imprint. Legend Press has also launched successful self-publishing and writer workshops ventures, now separate companies New Generation Publishing and Write-Connections respectively. In 2011, Legend Press was shortlisted for Independent Publisher of the Year.

Chalmers also speaks regularly on publishing and business and is an Enterprise Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.

Hannah Sheppard - Creative Director

Hannah Sheppard started her career in trade publishing in 2002 as part of the editorial department at Macmillan Children's Books. In 2007 she left to join Headline (part of the Hachette Group) where she established and ran their YA and Crossover fiction list. She has worked with authors such as Judy Blume, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Eva Ibbotson, Lian Hearn, Matthew Riley, Cecily von Ziegesar, Julianna Baggott, Cathy Brett, Andrew Hammond and Tanya Byrne. Books Hannah has edited have been nominated for various awards including the Crime Writer's Association John Creasey Debut Dagger, the Richard & Judy Children's Book Club, the People's Book Prize and the Young Minds book award.

Hannah joined IPR License in 2012 as Creative Director and is responsible for working directly with authors and other content creators to add unlicensed work to the platform. Hannah Sheppard's wide and varied trade contacts mean she is ideally placed to launch the IPR License agency which will select authors to represent under a traditional agency contract.

Jonathan Reuvid – Client Services Director

Jonathan Reuvid worked first as a senior economist for Total, the French National Oil Company when it launched its UK subsidiary in 1960. From there he moved into financial services and market research, including Board assignments for the diversification and restructure of public and private companies.

In 1978 he joined Barnes Group, the Fortune 500 US multinational, where he became Director of Sales and Marketing and then European Operations for its manufacturing division, responsible for seven precision engineering companies in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK. He led a management buyout of its UK subsidiary in 1984.

From 1985 he has been engaged in China with joint venture development and technology transfer for clients and on his own behalf, in Tianjin, Jinan and Beijing. In 1989 he started a third career as a writer and editor of business books and has more than 80 titles to his name. In 2001 he designed and launched a BSc programme in Management Consultancy in association with the University of Surrey. He holds an MA in PPE from Oxford University and has led a seminar on risk in China at the 2011 IRM Risk Managers Conference

Who should join?

IPR License is an essential platform for:

  • Authors
  • Publishers
  • Literary Agents
  • Other Rights Holders

Whether you’re looking to find a licenser for your literary content or a licensee holding rights of interest to your company, IPR License provides the platform for you to complete your business on.

How does it work?

With 13m records already on the system, rights-holders assign records to their account and add new records – whether already published or not – as well as adding additional information to their records.

Those looking to purchase rights can use the search facility to locate work of specific interest to them which is available to license in their territory and then contact the rights-holder directly through the messaging system.

In addition, the platform highlights those records receiving the most interest, recently added and recently licensed, and sends a weekly bulletin to all subscribers.

What does it cost?

IPR License charges an annual membership fee. A break down of these fees can be found on the Content Creator page for authors and on the Publisher/Agent page for companies where the fee is linked to company size and covers all users

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