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Janice Denoncourt

Janice Denoncourt

Associate Professor

Nottingham Law School

Associate Professor Dr Janice Denoncourt  BA (McGill), LLB (Western Australia), LLM (Murdoch), LLM (Bournemouth), PhD (Nottingham) works in Nottingham Law School and Nottingham Business School.

Jan draws on her professional corporate and intellectual property (IP) law experience to inform her interdisciplinary research which involves IP rights, finance and corporate governance law, broadly conceived.  She founded and leads the School's IP Research Group which sits within the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law.  Dr Denoncourt is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the NLS Centre for Legal Education.

Jan welcomes students interested in pursuing PhD research in the interdisciplinary fields of intellectual property law, business law and IP strategy, corporate governance, emerging technologies (eg AI and FinTech), entrepreneurship, ethics, geographical indications, innovation and IP finance, sustainability and related policy.

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division


Associate Professor Dr Janice Denoncourt's role at NLS is to lead on interdisciplinary research and teaching in the fields of Intellectual Property, Business law, Corporate Governance, Data Protection, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Finance, Innovation, Emerging technology Law (especially Artificial Intelligence and FinTech), and related public policy.  She is an experienced PhD and Professional Doctorate supervisor and welcomes applications in these fields.

Jan founded and leads the NLS Intellectual Property Research Group which sits within the School's Centre for Business and Insolvency Law (CBIL). She supports Early Career Researchers in establishing and enhancing their individual research profiles and is Deputy Post Graduate Research Tutor.

A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA 2017), Jan is also involved in work of the Centre for Legal Education (CLE) at NLS.

Since September 2019 Jan has been the course leader for the LLM Legal Practice by Research (DL) and the LLM International Legal Studies by Research (DL).  She is also the Module Leader for:

  • LLM Intellectual Property Law and Innovation
  • LLM Sport, Intellectual Property Law and Commerce
  • LLM Data Protection and Privacy Law
  • LLB Intellectual Property Law (Distance Learning)
  • LLM International Finance Transactions Law module on the subject of intellectual property finance and secured transactions (as contributor).

Career overview

Associate Professor Dr Janice Denoncourt is a Solicitor (England & Wales), Barrister & Solicitor (Western Australia) and a registered Australian Trade Mark Attorney, non-practising.

Early in her law practice career, Jan was selected to clerk for Justice R.D. Nicholson, Supreme Court of Western Australia.  She articled at Herbert Smith Freehills (formerly Freehill Hollingdale and Page) in Perth. She graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), University of Sydney with experience within the Australian Securities Commission (ASC) and the WA Ombudsman's Office.  Jan was awarded the British Council Chevening-Landerer Commercial Law Scholarship which brought her to the UK.

A career highlight was Jan's role as Lieutenant Legal Officer and Counsel Assisting the Royal Australian Navy's first Public Board of Inquiry  to investigate the fire onboard HMAS Westralia and its aftermath, the worst Australian naval disaster in 34 years. Jan was Aide-de-Camp to Major General Michael Jeffery AC,CVO, MC, 28th Governor of Western Australia (24th Governor of Australia).

Jan worked with BHP Biliton Iron Ore in the remote Pilbara region and for several years was sole Inhouse Counsel for a publicly listed Western Australia-based mining, drill & blast explosive and non-explosive technology firm with international operations in Hong Kong, South Africa and the USA. Jan was Senior Associate and Head of IP with Minter Ellison, Perth, WA.

Research areas

Associate Professor Dr Denoncourt published her research monograph Intellectual Property, Finance and Corporate Governance (2018) Research in Intellectual Property Series, with Routledge Taylor Francis. Her research illustrates that corporate governance that integrates IP financial and narrative information transparency and disclosure will improve the flow of capital to businesses and support sustainable innovation. Her work is helping to shape contemporary thinking on modernising corporate reporting of intangibles and IP assets, with emerging impact in terms of practice reform. She is currently a member of the Financial Reporting Standards Committee (FRSC) Working Group Chaired by Professor Stefan Zambon, University Ferrara, Italy and Vice-Chair, Professor Jan Marton, University Gothenburg, Sweden. The Group will contribute to the European Accounting Association (EAA) Comment   Letter in response to the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) Discussion Paper on Intangibles.

Dr Denoncourt was Editor of the peer-reviewed Nottingham Law Journal Volumes 26 and 27.  Her recently published research has evaluated the role of IP in supporting the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals; the treatment of intangibles and IP rights in prudential financial regulation; realising IP value on insolvency; and director's duties and stewardship of corporate IP assets as a foundation for corporate longevity.  Jan is currently researching her next book.

PhD and Professional Doctorate of Legal Practice students

  • Mr Prasert Jaruntratanasri (Director of Studies) Awarded PhD 2018
  • Mrs Mobeen Shah (Director of Studies) Awarded PhD in 2019
  • Mr Mohamed Al Kharusi (Director of Studies) Awarded PhD in 2019
  • Mr Martin Szarkiszjan P/T (Director of Studies) Writing Up, due to Submit in 2022.
  • Formerly Ms Claire Fargeot (Lead Supervisor with Associate Professor Gary Wilson) Document 2 successfully completed.

Jan has acted as Independent Assessor, Internal Examiner and External PhD Examiner for the University of Ottawa.  Jan welcomes queries from potential research students interested in pursuing PhD studies in interdisciplinary intellectual property law, business, corporate governance, data security, ethics, finance, sustainability, emerging technologies and public policy.

External activity

  • Board member of the London-based think tank, Intellectual Property Awareness Network, see
  • Co-chair of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN) based at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy in 2016-2018. She co-hosted the 10th and 11th editions of the EIPTN’s annual conference held at the University of Lund, Sweden (2016) and the University of Poitiers, France (2018).  See
  • Member of the UK Intellectual Property Office Research Expert's Advisory Group since 2016.
  • External Examiner Queen Mary University of London, Post Graduate Certificate in IP Law.
  • External Examiner Middlesex University, LLB Progamme.
  • Society of Legal Scholars (member)
  • International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (member)
  • British Association of Canadian Studies (member)
  • Nottingham Law School Centre for Business and Insolvency Law (Deputy Director)
  • Nottingham Law School Centre for Legal Education (member)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (via QLTT, non-practising)
  • Barrister and Solicitor, Western Australia (non-practising)
  • Herbert Smith Freehills Alumna
  • Minter Ellison Alumna

Sponsors and collaborators

Jan has been sponsored by: the UK Intellectual Property Office, European Patent Office, Norwegian Industrial Patent Office, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA), EIPTN, IPAN, Global University Venturing, Kyusu University, University of Trento, University of Buckingham, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM), Fondation Aix-Marseille Université Chair d’Innovation et Brevets, International Society for the History of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) and NTU and NLS Strategic Research Fund.  In addition, Jan was involved in designing and delivering a series of workshops during 2014-2016 and is lead author of the Nottingham Creative IP Guide.


OKYERE, M. and DENONCOURT, J., 2021. Protecting Ghana's intellectual property rights in kente textiles- the case for geographical indications. Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice. ISSN 1747-1532

DENONCOURT, J., 2020. A modern role for intellectual property in sustainable finance, prudential banking and capital adequacy regulation. In: Intellectual property and sustainability. United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

DENONCOURT, J., 2020. Company classification taxonomy and corporate intellectual property rights owners. In: D.J. GERVAIS and M.R. UNDERWOOD, eds., The future of intellectual property. ATRIP intellectual property series . Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 55-79. ISBN 9781800885332

DENONCOURT, J., 2020. Corporate intellectual property, governance and board effectiveness reviews in large and premium list UK companies. In: D. GERVAIS, ed., Fairness, morality and ordre public in intellectual property. ATRIP intellectual property . Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 141-172. ISBN 9781839104367

SZARKISZJAN, M. and DENONCOURT, J., 2019. Japanese trade mark law and Benrishi: preparing for Tokyo 2020. Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht Internationaler (68): 1239. ISSN 0016-9420

SZARKISJAN, M. and DENONCOURT, J., 2019. Japanese trade mark law and Benrishi: preparing for Tokyo 2020. Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 14 (11), pp. 850-863. ISSN 1747-1532

DENONCOURT, J., 2019. Companies and UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. Journal of Corporate Law Studies. ISSN 1473-5970

DENONCOURT, J., 2018. Intellectual property, finance and corporate governance. Routledge research in intellectual property . Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138186255

DENONCOURT, J., 2017. IP debt finance and SMEs: trends and initiatives from around the world. In: T. KONO, ed., Security interests in intellectual property in a global context. Singapore: Springer, pp. 1-38. ISBN 9789811054143

DENONCOURT, J., 2016. True and fair intellectual property information: a corporate governance issue. Journal of Business Law (1), pp. 47-72. ISSN 0021-9460

DENONCOURT, J., 2013. Reform to the UK company registration of charges scheme, The Companies Act 2006 (amendment of Part 25) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/600). Nottingham Law Journal, 22, pp. 138-140. ISSN 0965-0660

DENONCOURT, J., 2013. Using film to enhance intellectual property law education: the social network. European Journal of Law and Technology, 4 (1). ISSN 2042-115X

DENONCOURT, J., 2012. The impact of the America Invents Act on the United Kingdom: ‘First to File’ rules. Nottingham Law Journal, 21, pp. 133-135. ISSN 0965-0660

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Press expertise

  • Intellectual property (IP) rights
  • IP and corporate governance
  • IP finance
  • IP for entrepreneurs and SMEs
  • IP commercialisation and portfolio management
  • IP awareness and education
  • Business law