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Janice Denoncourt

Senior Lecturer in Law
Nottingham Law School

I teach and research in the field of intellectual property (IP) law, company and business law in the UK, following my earlier career as a corporate lawyer. 'Intellectual Property, Finance and Corporate Governance' is about what IP-rich companies, large and small, need to tell shareholders, investors and other stakeholders about their IP portfolio. I’m originally from Canada and graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.


Janice became an academic after a career as a barrister and solicitor in Perth, Western Australia. She has worked as in-house counsel for a publicly listed company and senior associate heading the Intellectual Property department of the commercial law firm Minter Ellison. Janice completed her doctorate in 2015 at the University of Nottingham  and has lectured at Nottingham Law School and the University of Buckingham. She was awarded the British Council's prestigious Britain-Australia Chevening Landerer Commercial Law Scholarship in 2003 and is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Janice's multi-disciplinary areas of expertise include intellectual property law, finance, corporate disclosure, IP law and education, commercialisation, entrepreneurship and business law. Janice supervises LLM and PhD student research in IP law topics. She has provided expert comment on news stories relating to intellectual property law matters and on the IP Finance blog.

    Janice leads Nottingham Law School's Intellectual Property Research Group and is Editor of the Nottingham Law Journal.  

    Janice presented 'The Missing Link? Corporate Narrative Reporting of Intellectual Property Assets' at the International Association for the Advancement of Research and Teaching in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) 34th Congress 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

    In September 2014 Janice was invited to speak on IP Finance in the EU and Beyond…Does Law Matter? at the 'Intellectual Property and Venture Capital: The Secrets to Building Innovation Ecosystems' Symposium sponsored by Kyushu University held at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

    Janice delivered a series of workshops in 2014-2017 entitled 'Nottingham Creative IP'

Personal Interests

    Loves swimming, symphonic metal and is a supporter of Mencap and Carers UK.



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In: T. Kono, ed., Security interests in intellectual property in a global context. Singapore: Springer, pp. 1-38. ISBN 9

IP debt finance and SMEs: trends and initiatives from around the world.

Published: Sep 13, 2017 by In: T. Kono, ed., Security interests in intellectual property in a global context. Singapore: Springer, pp. 1-38. ISBN 9
Authors: Janice Denoncourt
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting, Law

This volume explores the IP-backed debt financing as a corporate finance tool to meet the demand for corporate finance following the global financial crisis which began in 2007, when SME access to finance was formally recognised as an issue of pressing importance at the 2009 G20 Summit. Chapter 1 by Jan Denoncourt lays out the evolving conceptual, theoretical and international IP-backed debt finance framework

Nottingham Law Journal, pp. 39-54. ISSN 0965-0660

The creative identity and intellectual property

Published: Sep 30, 2016 by Nottingham Law Journal, pp. 39-54. ISSN 0965-0660
Authors: Janice Denoncourt
Subjects: Law, Art & Visual Culture

People with creative personalities are more likely to identify commercial opportunities, start a business and create employment. IP law experts need a deeper understanding of the psychological traits that distinguish creatives from other cultural groups such as scientists or business people. How they perceive the value of the IP rights in their work influences their behaviour in identifying, managing and enforcing their rights.

Journal of Business Law

True and Fair Intellectual Property Information: A Corporate Governance Issue

Published: Jan 01, 2016 by Journal of Business Law
Authors: Janice Denoncourt
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting, Law

Shareholders lack adequate quantitative and qualitative information about corporate intellectual property (IP) assets, impeding their ability to assess strategic value and directors’ stewardship of those assets. The transparency problem and how directors fulfil existing obligations to provide “true and fair” IP information under UK law is examined in a corporate governance context.



Intellectual Property Law Expert presents 'IP & Sustainability' at Aarhus University, Denmark

By: Janice Denoncourt
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting, Law

International symposium: Law and sustainability in global value chains: Due diligence and contracts in focus
25-26 April 2018, Aarhus, Denmark
Globally fragmented value chains and networks of suppliers and corporate groups should allow value and risk to be equally distributed across the points of production. However, in practice gains are not shared but instead amassed by centralized corporate entities. Those entities are often far removed from where production physically takes place and therefore far removed from the negative impacts of the production processes on people and planet. Those risks are borne by jurisdictions, such as developing countries, which may be less well-equipped to mitigate or remedy compounded and multiple social and environmental problems. 

Law plays a central role both in enabling these modes of production and in providing solutions to the problem. On the one hand, the dominant conceptualizations of corporate purpose, contract, and tort allow the complexity of global production organized via contractual relationships to remain largely unseen to law. This invisibility of global production is reinforced by regulatory approaches which focus primarily on national markets (such as taxation, labour and environmental regulation) or global approaches that remove problems arising from production from their local social or ecological context (e.g. institutional investment arbitration or the proposed treaty on business and human rights).

Janice will present on IP assets and sustainable business models.