Project that helps students to become 'IP Savvy' shortlisted for national prize

Issue date: 12 February 2015

UWE Bristol

An enterprise that helps students to understand the principle of Intellectual Property (IP) Law, set up by a team of Law students at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), has been shortlisted for the StudentshIP Enterprise Awards.

The 'StudentshIP Enterprise Awards' launched in October 2014 and seeks to reward student-centric projects that support the use of IP in student enterprise activities.

The UWE Bristol entry is Law Question Bank, a peer to peer revision app that helps law students and student entrepreneurs explore and revise key legal concepts, identify gaps in revision, and consolidate learning from lectures in one quality, online, student-led resource. The app offers revision modules in all compulsory subjects required for a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), as well as the 'IP Savvy' module, open to students from all disciplines, not just law.

The 'IP Savvy' module covers copyright, patents, design and trademarks to UK, EU and international frameworks for the protection of intellectual property and is just one element of this very comprehensive study tool that has been entered for the award. Law Question Bank offers the IP Savvy module at no charge to students who register on the platform for a free student account.

There are 19 Universities entering a total of 21 bids in the final shortlist all competing for a slice of the £750,000 cake. The UWE Bristol entry is for the maximum award of £100,000.

Louise Wayham, the law student leading the project, said “Until recently, Intellectual Property was a highly specialised curriculum in most law schools but it is clear that IP law is now integral to everyone in their professional and personal lives.

“IP law guides our ability to patent and protect ground-breaking inventions; it governs the way we launch and operate exciting new start-ups; it has shaped the way we listen to music, download books, stream television or movies and how we learn, share, create and innovate. We believe that IP-savvy graduates make for a future-ready workforce, but also that IP is not just for lawyers.

“Our mission is simple. We want to help law students all over the world engage with study material, legal principles and key cases in a new and exciting way, and offer a quality, accessible law resource not only to law students but to recent graduates just starting out in the job market and to entrepreneurs as well.”

Law Question Bank is poised to become the leading LLB multiple choice study tool available on the web for law students, written and maintained to support LLB and GDL students in the UK, EU and worldwide. A student-led resource, it comprises a peer-to-peer revision platform for law students and student entrepreneurs; rich, interactive content, with practice exams, video tutorials, revision checklists and podcasts; the free IP Savvy module and a chance to take part as a Law Question Bank contributor.

Mhairi Threlfall, Student Enterprise Advisor, said “It is fantastic that Law Question Bank has been shortlisted for this national prize. It is hugely important that graduates leave University with good understanding of intellectual property, which is why we have made it a core component of all our enterprise educational practice. The project proposed by Louise, if funded, will be the first step in ensuring this is made accessible to all students at UWE and beyond.”

The winning projects will be publically announced by Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property at an event on 5 March 2015 at Paintworks in Bristol. In addition to the competition awards ceremony, the IPO will also be launching another university engagement initiative – 'IP Tutor'.

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