Intellectual property and disclosure: Oxford lecture by Nottingham expert

The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law is pleased to announce that Dr Janice Denoncourt, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Law School, was invited to speak at the 107th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars.

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Dr Janice Denoncourt, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Law School

The Centre for Business and Insolvency Law is pleased to announce that Dr Janice Denoncourt, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Law School, was invited to speak at the 107th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars held at the University of Oxford in St Catherine’s College on 7 September.

Janice’s paper, delivered within the Company Law Section, was titled: “Corporate Disclosure of Intellectual Property Assets: A Comparative System Evaluation of International Trends”.

The presentation notes that while IP commercial literacy is increasing as a result of concerted government policy efforts, narrative disclosure of strategic non-financial IP information is less developed than traditional financial reporting. This, in turn, creates a corporate value transparency problem, particularly for SMEs keen to raise money on the back of their intellectual property. Drawing on her interdisciplinary IP law and corporate law expertise, Janice was able to analyse the problem in the corporate governance context by examining international disclosure models, such as the mandatory Intellectual Capital Statement (ICS) in Denmark and voluntary IP reports by listed and non-listed firms in Japan.

Recent developments in the US were also covered, where a Concept Release was made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in April 2016 inviting public commentary on the substance and format of American IP asset disclosure requirements under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, with view to evaluating whether any change is needed.

Within the School, Janice leads the Intellectual Property Research Group, a subsection of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, and is also part of the Nottingham Creative Intellectual Property Project Team.

Janice is also a member of the Organising Committee of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network.

Intellectual property and disclosure: Oxford lecture by Nottingham expert

Published on 8 September 2016
  • Category: Research; Nottingham Law School

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