Portsmouth wins £30k to set up IP clinic

The University of Portsmouth is launching an intellectual property (IP) clinic for budding entrepreneurs to access free advice from school of law students.

The new venture has been made possible by a £30,000 prize to senior law lecturer Joe Sekhon, awarded by the intellectual property office’s (IPO) ‘Fast Forward Competition’.

Sekhon said: “This funding will provide the University’s growing student entrepreneur community with the very best in advice and guidance on how to utilise the UK’s IP laws to potentially transform their start-ups into the high-growth, job creating ventures of tomorrow.”

Law students will have the opportunity to volunteer to become ‘iPass champions’, taking part in intensive training at an ‘iPass Boot camp’. The clinic will initially operate with between 10 and 12 students.

‘Fast Forward Competition’ provided £750,000 for projects that improve the management of IP and knowledge exchange.

The news follows Kent Law Clinic receiving £180,000 funding to expand into the field of immigration and asylum, from three charities (18 April 2012).

The development of the immigration and asylum section of the clinic is part of an overall £4.7m for expansion announced last year (5 December 2011).