Janet Knowles

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Practice Areas

Janet specialises in commercial IP and life sciences life cycle transactions. Her work includes the acquisition of IP rights and data, materials transfer, R&D collaborations, strategic alliances, in/out-licensing, clinical trials/ services arrangements, manufacturing, promotion and supply arrangements and university and life sciences spin-outs, as well as advising on the anti-trust issues of IP commercialisation and the interaction of UK/EU regulatory aspects of pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices with the overall IP strategy and its commercialisation.


Eversheds (and predecessor founding firm) – 1983-2013. Partner 1989. Head of IP in Education Sector 1996. International Head of Life Sciences 2005.

HGF 2013 to date.

Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) 2014

MSc Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing – Tutor 2017

Professional Memberships

The Law Society

Licensing Executives Society

Pharmaceutical Licensing Group



Researchers' Guides on IP & Confidentiality, Research Contracts, IP Licensing and Spin-Out Companies