Graduation Success for Nottingham Law School Intellectual Property Scholar

Janice Denoncourt, a member of the Centre of Business and Insolvency Law and a Senior Lecturer in the Nottingham Law School, graduated with a PhD after successfully defending her doctoral project.

Janice Denoncourt

The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law is pleased to announce that Janice Denoncourt, a member of the Centre and a Senior Lecturer in the Nottingham Law School, graduated with the award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) on 7 November 2015 from the University of Nottingham. Janice, who is also the coordinator of the Intellectual Property Research Group within the Law School, graduated after successfully defending her doctoral project on the theme of: Patent-backed Debt Finance: Should Company Law Take the Lead to Provide a True and Fair View of SME Patent Assets? Janice's thesis has also been accepted by the publishers Routledge for inclusion in their Research in Intellectual Property Monograph Series and is expected to be published in Autumn 2016.

The essential theme of Janice's project related to the availability of information about the intellectual property assets held by small- and medium-enterprises in the United Kingdom. Because of the impact of international accounting standards, leading to the potential under-reporting of the value of such assets, and the exemption under company law reporting requirements from having to present a strategic report in their annual returns, such companies, which are key to the development of entrepreneurial activity in any country, may find it difficult to secure financing from lenders. Moreover, issues over the adequacy of corporate governance may arise, particularly if directors do not have relevant, accurate or timely information about the assets held by the company subject to their stewardship. Janice's conclusions suggested improving the adequacy of such information through targeted recommendations for a new corporate disclosure model.

The Centre, which has gained a reputation worldwide for the promotion of research and teaching in insolvency and business law, is pleased to be able to congratulate Janice on the award of her doctorate. Her research, together with that of other colleagues within the Centre, demonstrates the breadth and depth of the Centre's commitment to foster critical thinking in insolvency and business matters, particularly among early career researchers.

Graduation Success for Nottingham Law School Intellectual Property Scholar

Published on 17 December 2015
  • Category: Nottingham Law School

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