Janet Knowles


Janet qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and joined HGF on May 1st 2013 as a Partner.

Janet deals with the full range of IP rights, from patents to trade marks. She specialises particularly in IP transactions in the science and technology fields and their anti-trust issues. Janet is one of a limited number of UK IP licensing professionals recommended by the international guide IAM 1000 - Guide to the World's Patent Practitioners (2012) and IAM 250's 'The World's Leading Patent & Technology Lawyers' 2012/2013. 

Janet works with a wide range of clients but has particular expertise within the life sciences industry and in working with educational institutions and their spin-out companies.

Janet’s life sciences work covers commercial life sciences transactions including their regulatory and IP implications. Her work ranges from early R&D phases and clinical trials to licensing, clinical and commercial manufacturing and supply and beyond. Her experience includes advising on: clinical trials agreements and related CRO agreements; in-licensing; dossier and associated brand acquisitions; and companion diagnostic transactions.

Chambers UK has independently rated Janet for life sciences nationally as being respected for her ability to 'see solutions quickly and effectively'. She presented at the 2013 EU CRO Federation Conference and the 2012 Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) Legal Day and comments on pharmaceutical matters. Janet is Company Secretary of Medilink and a member of a university ethics committee.

Her work with educational institutions ranges from IP policy issues to IP commercialisation, including many strategic IP and related issues such as establishing IP commercialisation arrangements with funders. Janet has prepared six Researcher’s Guides and an IP Workbook to act as a reference on key issues relating to IP and its commercialisation which are available via the PraxisUnico website. In Legal 500's review of education sector legal advice she has scored 'a perfect 10'. Janet has presented on many occasions for both AURIL (Association for University Research and Industry Links) and PraxisUnico on IP topics and for ASTP-Proton on IP commercialisation.