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.
England & Wales
The Open University 2000
LLB(Hons) University of Manchester 1980
Law Society Finals 1981
RTTP (Registered Technology Transfer Professional)
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.
"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."
‘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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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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