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Law Lecturer wins £30k funding for Intellectual Property clinic

Joe Sekhon and the Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Wilcox

A Senior Law lecturer from the Portsmouth Business School has won £30k to set up an Intellectual Property (IP) clinic for entrepreneurial students to access free IP advice from School of Law students.

Joe Sekhon’s project was one of only 13 out of 50 to receive funding from the Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO) ‘Fast Forward Competition’, which has provided £750k for projects that improve the management of IP and knowledge exchange. The IPO is the official government body responsible for granting IP.

The clinic entitled ‘The Intellectual Property Advice and Support Service’ (iPass) will allow students and graduates starting their own companies to access advice on how best to protect and commercialise their invention, idea or intellectual property.

Law students can volunteer themselves to become ‘iPass champions’ and if they are successful after interview they will receive intensive training at an ‘iPass Boot camp’. The clinic will initially operate with 10 – 12 students.

Mr Sekhon said: “I am thrilled to have won funding from the UK Intellectual Property Office. This funding will provide the University of Portsmouth’s growing student entrepreneur community with the very best in advice and guidance on how to utilise the UK’s intellectual property laws to potentially transform their start-ups into the high-growth, job creating ventures of tomorrow.”

Mr Sekhon also predicts that the UK may well be entering a golden age for students and graduates wishing to start their own businesses.

He said: “With the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer personally endorsing start-up initiatives such as Tech City UK, Google Campus and Entrepreneur First, there has never been a better time for students and graduates to get their business ideas off the ground. iPass will help ensure that the University of Portsmouth’s start-ups are perfectly placed to leverage their intellectual property for commercial advantage.”

Announcing the successful projects, the Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Wilcox said: “I am delighted to reward Joe Sekhon and the University of Portsmouth with a share of the 2012 Fast Forward Competition funding.

“Ensuring students and graduates receive the very best help and support to transform their business ideas into successful start-ups is vital for the UK’s continued economic prosperity, and iPass does just that. I look forward to seeing the real difference iPass makes to the success of student start-ups in Portsmouth and beyond.”

Joe Sekhon was also part of a collaborative bid between the Universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth, which won £75k funding for the creation of an innovative strategic partnership that will significantly develop the impact of IP for SMEs in the region.

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  1. Great opportunity for all student entrepreneurs to take advantage of Joe Sekhon’s expertise in the field of Intellectual Property.

  2. With the current economic climate, this is a brilliant way to give students the experience employers are looking for in graduates. It is also a great way to give young entrepreneurs the confidence boost they need to succeed!

  3. Great news, particularly as a way for student’s to use their skills from the IP module in second year. Will there be a facebook group on the way? I’d love to help if I can,

  4. yes Joe!

  5. Joe Sekhon here. I just wanted to say a personal thank you to all those people who have given this project a big thumbs up on Facebook to date; 702 people and counting!

    I and my student volunteers are really passionate about helping student entrepreneurs achieve their business goals.




  6. Congrats Joe! I really enjoyed your classes. Great to see other students will now have the opportunity to avail of your expertise!

  7. This is a brilliant achievement from a highly intelligent lecturer.I personally enjoyed being taught Information Technology Law by Joe. A hearty congratulations. Now more impetus will be given to impart more knowledge to more students.Keep up the good work,Joe!

  8. What a good news to hear! Highly intelligent man and love being taught by you. I believe this award will further help students in information technology law and provide more and adequate source of imparting knowledge. Thumb up Joe.

  9. Well done Joe,
    You work really hard to promote IP Law and pass on that passion.
    It is also such an important part of Law and so needed for Student and business alike.
    Well Done

  10. This is a great one! It is good to know that such brilliance is being publicly recognized. Keep it up, Joe! Am proud to say ‘he taught me!’

  11. Joe’s work is so timely. He’s a real asset to the University. With the new government start up loan announced today and the growing Portsmouth University Pipeline business start up programme, there has a never been a better time to put entrepreneurial ideas into action.

  12. HAving helped to set up the Portsmouth Centre for Enterpise Challenge in 2001 its great to see this internal facility for students. Well done Joe.

    Now all my entrepreneurial students have a safe haven to discuss their ideas.

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