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).
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.
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.
- Board member of the London-based think tank, Intellectual Property Awareness Network, see www.ipaware.org
- 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 www.eiptn.eu
- 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.
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., 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 9789811054143See all of Janice Denoncourt's publications...
- 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