Sherry M Knowles

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Sherry M Knowles's Profile

Sherry M Knowles is the principal of Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies (Atlanta, Georgia), providing global guidance on complex IP matters, litigation, licensing and prosecution strategy, policy and investor support. Ms Knowles has over 35 years’ experience in global corporate and private practice. From 2006 to 2010 Ms Knowles was senior vice president and chief patent counsel at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where she was worldwide head of patents for litigation and transactional matters, managing more than 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 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 2009” for its constructive approach to intellectual property in the developing world, engagement with public policy in Europe and successful resolution of the USPTO rules matter in the United States. In November 2011 IAM listed Ms Knowles among the top 50 key individuals, companies and institutions to have shaped the IP marketplace in the previous eight years. Ms Knowles is listed in the IAM Strategy 250 (2011), the IAM Strategy 300 (2012-2022), Managing Intellectual Property’s Top 250 Women in IP (2014, 2016-2021) and IP Stars (2016-2021), and the IAM Patent 1000 – the World’s Leading Patent Professionals (2015-2021).

Ms Knowles testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on IP in 2019 on the state of patent eligibility in the United States. She is a frequent speaker and author on US and global patent policies. She is also the founder of The Kectil Program, which has mentored more than 4,000 young people in 110 developing countries on leadership, ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship (


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