Miss Janet Knowles > HGF Law > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

HGF Law
4TH FLOOR, MERCHANT EXCHANGE
17-19 WHITWORTH STREET WEST
MANCHESTER
M1 5WG
England

Work Department

Intellectual Property

Position

Partner
IP Solicitor

Career

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. 

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

Languages

English

Memberships

The Law Society
Licensing Executives Society

Education

Solicitor – England & Wales, Ireland
MBA – The Open University 
LLB – The University of Manchester
LPC – Law Society Finals
RTTP – Registered Technology Transfer Professional 
LLB – The University of Manchester

Lawyer Rankings

North West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Janet KnowlesHGF Law

HGF Law, a specialist IP firm, acts for clients within the life sciences, education and retail sectors on soft and hard IP matters. The team is able to draw on teams of specialist patent and trade mark attorney colleagues for technical advice. Practice head Janet Knowles has particular expertise within the life sciences industry and in working with educational institutions and their spin-out companies. Legal director Michelle Davies is a transactional IP specialist. Antony Gold stepped down as partner in 2021 and is now a consultant for the practice.