Janet Knowles


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

Janet is a Solicitor and Registered Technology Transfer Professional and has over 30 years' experience of dealing with transactional IP in relation to all IP rights, but particularly in the science and technology fields. 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 (2018) and as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property. Chambers UK has said she is admired for her 'knowledge, breadth of experience and thorough understanding of her clients' requirement' and respected for her ability to 'see solutions quickly and effectively'. 

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

Janet 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: R&D, clinical trials and related CRO agreements; in-licensing; dossier and associated brand acquisitions.

She is a tutor on the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group’s MSc Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing, a lay member of a university Ethics Committee and a member of the Licensing Executives Society and on its Healthcare 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. In Legal 500's review of education sector legal advice she has scored 'a perfect 10'. Janet has presented on IP topics on many occasions for ASTP-Proton, PraxisAuril. 

Janet deals with brand licensing in various jurisdictions around the world, dealing with protections for quality control, royalty provisions and ethical issues, as well as co-branding deals. Janet has acted on multi-million pound disposals of international brand portfolios. She also deals with sponsorship and merchandising agreements as well as advising on the protection of brands through selective distribution and franchising.