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Intellectual Property Research Group



Intellectual property rights are property rights in something intangible and they reward innovation and creative activity. The Intellectual Property Research Group is led by Janice Denoncourt and aims to lead research in this field within the East Midlands region. The focus of the group is on:

  • IP law and practice
  • IP law education
  • IP commercialisation
  • Data protection.

Located within Nottingham Law School, the IP Research Group comprises staff who engage in research and conference presentations as well as teaching on programmes including:

  • Undergraduate LLB
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Commercial Intellectual Property
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy Professional Qualification
  • Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice.
  • Staff are also willing to supervise MPhil and PhD students in the IP law field.

In May 2015 Nottingham Law School received an Award for Excellence in IP Education in the Intellectual Property Awards by Acquisition International.

  • News and events in 2017

    November 2017

    ‘Videogame websites, privacy policies and children’ Academic Poster, Society for Legal Scholars Conference 2017, Dublin

    My name is Mobeen Shah. I am currently doing a PhD in Law at Nottingham Trent University. My thesis evaluates the adequacy of data protection and privacy laws in protecting online privacy rights of minors. To do so, I will carry out a comparative multiple case study of popular videogame website privacy policies that represent the jurisdictions of Europe, U.S.A., and Canada; as well as a critical analysis of the data protection and privacy legislation that regulates them.

    I attended the SLS Conference held in Dublin from 5 September until 8 September 2017. This was a conference that exhibited diverse aspects of the law from Criminal Law to Law of Torts to Public and Family Law. My interest is cyberlaw where-in lecture presentations and poster displays were to take place on 5 and 6 September 2017.

    Through my research, I have a better understanding of the fragile nature of online consent and its capacity to provide a misleading sense of security for the data subject. Consent is believed to provide users with the autonomy of choice.

    During academic poster display session, students and lecturers from different universities asked me about my poster. I had to present my research questions and findings to people from different disciplines in only 1 or 2 minutes. It was a challenging experience but very enriching.

    Mobeen Shah, NLS PhD Candidate

    June 2017

    Janice Denoncourt organised the Tenth Anniversary European IP Teachers' Network Conference at Lund University, Sweden.

    March 2017

    On 17 March 2017 Martin presented his paper entitled,  “Trade Mark Law in a State of Anomie. Is it? Should it be?”  at the New IP Lawyers Workshop, Ethics of Intellectual Property Rights: Challenges & Solutions at the Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University.  See

    Dr Denoncourt contribution of Chapter 1 to "Security Interests in Intellectual Property" was reviewed by IP-backed secured lending expert and author Kiriakoula Hatzikiriakos, Manager-Senior Legal Counsel in the Commercial/International sector of Legal Affairs at the National Bank of Canada.  See

  • News and events in 2018

    April 2018

    On 25-26 April 2018   Janice presented her paper, Corporate Intellectual Property Assets and Sustainability at the Law and Sustainability in Global Value Chains: Due Diligence and Contracts in Focus International Symposium, Aarhus University, Denmark as part of the University of Oslo’s SMART/ IntraLaw Sustainability EU-funded Project. Her presentation focused on Goal 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals which is to "Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation". Innovation is largely protected by monopolistic intellectual property (IP) rights such as patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.  In the era of globalization and innovation, IP rights have achieved an unprecedented level of commercial importance.    However, an important societal concern is sustainable industrialization, the four pillars of which are sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder theory and accountability.    At the conference, Janice introduced the international initiatives currently undertaken in the UK, the EU and internationally by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) to support a sustainable innovation economy.  Janice’s research focuses on how traditional manufacturing and simple supply chains have declined and are being replaced by the business models that operate in the digital, virtual economy.  Firms with new technologies create new markets and value networks that impact on established markets, firms, products and alliances.  At its heart, the pursuit of sustainable competitive advantage begins with the business model.   SMEs that identify, protect and use their IP rights  strategically have enormous potential to develop sustainable business models and grow their businesses.  She analyses the dynamic elements in IP-reliant business models that will support sustainable enterprise.  Janice is presenting developing a case study on lessons to be learned from the innovation-driven industries to illustrate the current intersection of the corporate IP and the sustainability discourse.

    23 - 27 April 2018

    Dr Denoncourt will be a featured author at the University's City campus Blackstone's Book Store Academic Book week 23-27 April 2018.  Her new book "Intellectual Property, Finance and Corporate Governance" which published on 13 April 2018 is available through Blackstone's at a discount or direct from the publisher and is available from Routledge's website.

    IP law has evolved from being a little pool to a big ocean. Denoncourt argues that corporate governance needs to respond to society’s rising expectations of directors and boards as the impact of the global intellectual property ecosystem is felt. How can a responsible corporate culture of IP transparency be stimulated to create a rosy future to connect corporate communication with the desires of shareholders, investors and other stakeholders? The astonishing lack of material quantitative and qualitative information companies report about their IP assets makes it difficult for shareholders and other stakeholders to assess directors’ stewardship of those assets – a pressing corporate governance issue in the 21st century. This book advances IP reporting in alignment with the key corporate governance principles of transparency and disclosure. It analyses the juncture between the IP ecosystem; corporate finance and accounting for intangibles; and corporate governance. Patents, mini-case studies and an original business triage style model for assessing IP disclosures are used to illustrate the gaps corporate governance theory needs to address. Focussing on the common law tradition of corporate governance in England and Wales, intangibles and IP reporting developments in other jurisdictions are also explored.

    13 April 2018

    What do Companies Need to Tell Us about their Intellectual Property Portfolios?

    New book Intellectual Property, Finance and Corporate Governance will upend your understanding of why companies need to communicate more about how they manage corporate IP portfolios and their strategy for delivering shareholder value. It is unique, the first book to apply corporate governance principles to corporate ownership of monopolistic intellectual property (IP) rights that protect innovation and creativity.

    Author, Dr Janice Denoncourt of Nottingham Law School,  argues that IP rights have evolved from being “a little pool to a big ocean” of corporate value and that corporate governance needs to respond to society’s rising expectations of directors and boards.".

    13 February 2018

    Congratulations to Prasert Jarunratanasri (N0471612), who was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on 13 February 2018.

    Prasert’s  thesis  is entitled, ‘Comparative Law Approach to a Proposed Legislative Framework to Protect Digital Copyright on the Internet in Thailand’.    Prasert, an experienced criminal prosecutor in Thailand, argues that Thailand does not have adequate specific measures to protect copyright work on the Internet.

    His research considers three mechanisms as models for digital copyright protection. First, the Graduated Response approach to deter P2P file sharing adopted in France and the United States. Second, the banning of ‘fragrantly infringing websites’ approach used in Singapore and finally, the Notice and Take Down approach used in the United States to deter distribution under the client-server model.   The comparative approach is used to reveal the degree of functionality together with their limitations and then develop a new model which will be critically evaluated in the context of Thailand.    The outcome of the research is the design of a bespoke legal framework for effective copyright protection measures for the Thai jurisdiction.

    Prasert was sponsored by the Thai Government to study at Nottingham Law School. His doctoral supervisory team comprised: Dr Janice Denonocurt (Director of Studies); Dr. Elizabeth Chadwick (Second Supervisor) and Professor David Ong. The External Examiner was Dr Ben Farrand of Warwick University and Simon Boyes, Senior Lecturer, acted as Internal Examiner.


IP Research Group members have worked together with professional bodies and institutions in the intellectual property law field including:

  • Nottingham Law School was awarded £24,900 in the StudentIshIP Enterprise Competition 2015 by the UK Intellectual Property Office for a project to help Art & Design students protect their IP during their final year degree shows.
  • UK Intellectual Property Office awarded the Nottingham Law School £69,000 in the Fast Forward Competition to run a series of workshops entitled, 'Nottingham Creative IP' in 2014/2015.
  • Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) to create the Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice launched in September 2011.
  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPREG).
  • European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network
  • European Patent Office
  • Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

Working with us

The IP Research Group is interested in working with external stakeholders to develop IP law and data protection educational programmes, as consultants and to engage in collaborative research.

European Intellectual Property Teachers Network

Dr Denoncourt currently co-chairs the Network with Professor Laurent Manderieux of Bocconi University in Italy.   The 11th edition of the annual EIPTN 2018 conference will be hosted by Professor Nicolas Binctin at the University of Poitiers, France on 8-10 November 2018. The call for papers is available here at  the EIPTN website.

Janice co-convened the 10th Anniversary EIPTN Conference (sponsored by the European Patent Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office ) with Jur. Dr Ulrika Wennersten which took place at the University of Lund, Sweden on 29-30 June 2017. The international conference attracted international delegates and provided an opportunity for IP academic to reflect on the past and future of IP education.  IP educators generously shared their innovative work and we learned from some of the best IP education thought leaders in Europe.

Related staff


PhD Students

Project Title: The IP Legal Framework and IP Awareness in Oman

This thesis critically analyses Oman's intellectual property rights legal framework taking into account Omani culture,  and as a tool to further develop the country's national economy as well as the role played by IP administrative and religious institutions in supporting the growth and the level of IP awareness among Omani small and medium enterprises, considered to be  the backbone of developing economies.   With the Omani legal system as its central focus the research addresses weaknesses in the current literature by raising the issue of how the scope of western IP rights can be positively regulated under Islamic law and culture– which forms the basis of all Omani legislation. It is argued that the existing Omani IP system (copyright, patent and trademarks) can interact positively with Islamic law by respecting Omani culture, whilst also  satisfying international agreements.

DoS Dr J Denoncourt, Second Supervisor Rebecca Parry

Project Title: A Comparative Analysis of UK and Japanese Trade Mark Law and Ethics A comprehensive comparatively analysis of UK and Japanese trade mark law, institutions and respective trade mark attorney professions is carried out to establish the historical and cultural differences between the registration systems, especially with respect to the absolute grounds of refusal on the grounds of public policy and morality and the interplay of commercial realities.

DoS Dr J Denoncourt, Secord Supervisor Graham Ferris

  • Mobeen Shah

Project Title: 'Critical analysis of online videogame privacy policies: data handling practices and evaluating children's digital privacy rights in Europe, the United States and Canada’.

External Examiner: Dr Dawn Hawkins, University of Leicester Internal Examiner: Simon Boyes, NLS DoS Dr J Denoncourt, Second Supervisor Professor Rebecca Parry and Dr Ben Oldfield.

Since the beginning of the academic year, Mobeen has taken up the opportunity to tutor within NLS on the undergraduate LLB programme, 3 tutorials per week. Mobeen has also volunteered to deliver two ‘IP Law Awareness’ sessions to 2nd year students on BA Decorative Arts Programme for the School of Art & Design.


Denoncourt, J. Intellectual Property, Finance and Corporate Governance (1st ed.) 13 April 2018 Routledge Research in IP Monograph Series (Hardcover 224 pages), Routledge (Taylor Francis Group) ISBN-10: 1138186252, ISBN-13: 978-1138186255.  See

Denoncourt, J. ‘IP Rights and Legal Perspectives of Brexit’ Expert Guide Intellectual Property 2018, CorporateLiveWire, pp 13-16 file:///C:/Users/ALS3DENONJ/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/PWDAT87K/Nottingham.pdf

IP, Brexit and Beyond –Opportunities and Challenges: Report of an IPAN Panel and Workshop on 15th March, 2017 J Denoncourt contribution at         pp21-22

Denoncourt, H. ‘Intellectual Property Law and Graffiti: Glorified Vandalism or a Legitimate Cultural Movement?’ (2017) Nottingham Law Journal Vol. 26, pp 127-129

Denoncourt, J. ‘The Creative Identity and Intellectual Property’ (2016) Nottingham Law Journal, Vol. 25, pp39-55, ISSN 0965-0660 at

Denoncourt, J. ‘Corporate Governance and Intellectual Property Assets’  (2016) Expert Guide Intellectual Property 2017, CorporateLiveWire

Denoncourt, J. ‘Getting Creative’ (23 May 2016) Intellectual Property Magazine: Business Intelligence, Informa UK.  See

IP Research Group members have published a variety of books, reports, and journal articles:

  • Denoncourt, J.  ‘Unblocking the Arteries at the Heart of IP-backed Debt Finance’ (26 September 2017) Oxford Business Law Blog.
  • Denoncourt, J. ‘True and Fair Intellectual Property Information: A Corporate Governance Issue’ [2016] Journal of Business Law, Issue 1, pp47-72.
  • Denoncourt, J. ‘Patent Attorneys IPO due diligence’ (April 2016) CIPA Journal, Vol. 45, No. 4 pp 52-54.
  • Denoncourt, J. ‘Using Film to Enhance Intellectual Property Law Education: the Social Network’(2013) European Journal of Law and Technology Vol.4, No.1.
  • Denoncourt, J and Soetendorp, R.  UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Research Report  ‘Appendix A IP, Education and Training’ Banking on IP?’ research report (2013) UK Intellectual Property Office and the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) at pp 220-221.
  • Kelly, D., Hammer, R., Hendy, J. and Denoncourt, J., Part 6, Chapter 20 Intellectual Property Rights in Business Law (3rd ed.) (2016) Routledge, London.
  • Kono, T. (ed.), Denoncourt, J et al (2017)  Security Interests in Intellectual Property: Perspectives in Law, Business and Innovation (13 Sept 2017) Springer Verlang Singapore ISBN-10: 9811054142.
  • Mann, P. and Denoncourt, J. ‘Copyright issues on the protection of architectural works and designs’ In Proceedings of 25th Annual Conference of Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), Nottingham.
  • Shah, Mobeen (September 2017) Academic Poster entitled,   Critical Analysis of online videograme website privacy policies: data handling practices for minors in Europe, U.S. and Canada, Society of Legal Scholars Conference, Dublin.

Nottingham Creative IP Project 2014-2017 Project team produced the following publications:

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