Principal at Knowles IP Strategies LLC
Sherry M Knowles is the principal of Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies (Atlanta), providing global guidance on complex IP matters, litigation, licensing, prosecution strategy, policy and investor support. Ms Knowles has over 30 years’ experience in global corporate and private practice. From 2006 to 2010 Ms Knowles was the senior vice president and chief patent counsel at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), as worldwide head of patents for litigation and transactional matters, managing over 200 people in 12 offices.
In 2008 Managing Intellectual Property named Ms Knowles among the top 10 most influential people in intellectual property, referring to her as a “patent owner’s advocate”. In 2010 the New Jersey IP Lawyers Association awarded GSK (with Ms Knowles as its representative) the Jefferson Medal for exceptional contribution to intellectual property. In 2010 Managing Intellectual Property named the GSK global patent team the In-House IP Team of the Year for 2009 for its constructive approach to intellectual property in the developing world, engagement with public policy in Europe and successful resolution of the US Patent and Trademark Office rules matter in the United States. In November 2011 IAM listed Ms Knowles among the top 50 key individuals, companies and institutions that have shaped the IP marketplace in the last eight years. Ms Knowles is listed in IAM Strategy 250 (2011), IAM Strategy 300 (2012-2018), Managing Intellectual Property’s Top 250 Women in IP (2014, 2016, 2017), IP Stars (2016-2018) and IAM Patent 1000 (2015-2018).
Ms Knowles is active in IP matters in developing countries. She helped to create GSK’s knowledge pool for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases, presented the ‘Developed Country’ keynote at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Expert Forum on International Technology Transfer (2015), and presented at the WIPO Conference on IP and Development (2016). She is also the founder of The Kectil Programme, which mentors over 700 youth in 52 developing countries on leadership, ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship (www.kectil.com).