Miss
Janet
Knowles

Partner & IP Solicitor

Manchester Office

Telephone. +44(0) 161 247 4900
Mobile. +44(0) 783 155 4120
Email. [email protected]

Experience

Janet brings a pragmatic, strategic approach to dealing with transactions - predominantly in the science and technology area, but also in relation to branding and designs. Science and technology agreements cover early R&D phases to IP licensing and software agreements - much is international in nature. Janet has a life sciences focus but has also worked on a variety of deals in the automotive and energy sectors and many graphene projects.

Janet has dealt with a variety of life sciences clients from start-ups to IPO and beyond for over 20 years and negotiated deals with most of the major pharma companies. She deals with IP agreements (covering MTAs, MSAs, R&D and clinical trials) and life sciences product life cycle transactions, such as commercial manufacturing and supply and CDx transactions.

Janet has over 25 years' experience of IP in educational institutions in particular relation to IP policies, R&D collaborations, licensing and spin-out companies. She has presented for PraxisAuril and ASTP-Proton in relation to Research Contracts and IP Licensing. She has also prepared Researchers' Guides on IP topics. Chambers UK has said she is ‘highly regarded for her expertise in advising educational institutions and clients in the life sciences sector on IP matters'.

Over her career Janet has dealt with many complex branding, merchandising and franchising agreements.

Specialisms

  • Law
  • Agbio
  • Anti infectives
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioprocessing
  • Cell and gene therapy
  • Diagnostics
  • Food technology
  • Gene editing technologies
  • Immunobiology
  • Microbiome
  • Personalised medicine

Industries

  • Healthcare icon Healthcare
  • Medical devices icon Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals icon Pharmaceuticals

Services

  • Copyright & database rights
  • Designs & design rights
  • Due diligence
  • Strategy
  • Transactional IP & commercial support

Qualifications

Solicitor

England & Wales
Ireland


MBA

The Open University 2000

LLB

LLB(Hons) University of Manchester 1980

LPC

Law Society Finals 1981

OTHER

RTTP (Registered Technology Transfer Professional)

Recognition

Intellectual Asset Managment 1000 - Guide to the World's Patent Practitioners 2020 - Recommended

2019 - noted negotiator Janet Knowles draws positive accolades for her rarefied life sciences licensing dexterity. “Thorough and personable, she forms productive relationships easily, communicates well and always takes the trouble to understand the wider context before issuing her advice.” 2020 - hailed as a “consistently high-quality legal adviser with a broad range of knowledge”, who is “effective and efficient”. “She has worked for our company over a significant period and her advice has always been sound and all documents constructed have stood the test of time,” reports one patron.

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Managing Intellectual Property IP Star 2020 - Transactions

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Chambers and Partners

"You get clarity with Janet. She's straight down the line and unambiguous in her direction." "Very knowledgeable, efficient and diligent." "Janet is very good as a communicator and at walking the client through the options."

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Legal 500

‘Janet Knowles is very skilled but pragmatic and is a very pleasant and professional person’. Janet Knowles is my go-to lawyer on any matters associated with IP, and licensing/ collaboration.’

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Publications

How do you intend your software/app to be used?

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Brexit - plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose or angst?

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HGF continues to be highly ranked in Chambers and Partners UK 2021 guide

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IAM Patent 1000 2020

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COVID-19 licensing challenges

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MIP IP Stars 2020

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Knowledge to Money – IP Valuation

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HGF continue to be highly ranked in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 rankings

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IAM Patent 1000 2019

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Knowledge to Money - IP Valuation

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COVID-19 licensing challenges

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Brexit - plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose or angst?

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Conferences: 2021

April 21st 2021

2021 BioInfect Conference

Attended

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January 28th 2021

HGF’s IP in Healthcare Conference - Licence to Bill

Speaker

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January 14th 2021

HGF IP in Healthcare Virtual Conference 2021

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Conferences: 2020

November 4th 2020

Bionow Oncology Conference 2020

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October 27th 2020

Safeguarding Intellectual Property to Achieve Business Success

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October 27th 2020

Lancashire Innovation Festival 2020

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September 8th 2020

Unique Perspectives on IP Valuation Best Practice – From Universities, to Public Institutions and Private Companies

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March 3rd 2020

IP in Healthcare Conference 2020

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Conferences: 2019

March 14th 2019

IP in Healthcare Conference 2019 - London & Manchester

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CSR

Pharmaceutical Licensing Group – Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing Course – updated IP course materials, tutor on the IP Unit.

Medilink NW Steering Group – member

Licensing Executives Society – member and on its Healthcare Committee.

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