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Clinic provides free intellectual property guidance

Published: 23 January 2024 at 15:00

University House at ARU Peterborough

ARU Peterborough launches law service on campus, for businesses and individuals

Local businesses and individuals can access free, confidential, face-to-face advice and guidance on intellectual property (IP) issues at a new clinic in Peterborough.

The IP Clinic at ARU Peterborough is part of the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) stable of Law Clinics and is run in collaboration with professional IP practitioner Eric Siecker. It covers issues such as patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, best practice and partnerships.

Eric Siecker is a European and UK registered patent and trademark attorney (EPA, CPA, CTMA) with experience in a broad range of technologies and deep expertise in mechanical engineering.

After spending his career in IP for corporations and private practice, Eric now also works with business owners by assisting them with mergers and acquisitions, business exits, incubation, financing, increasing sales, attracting investments, penetrating overseas markets (particularly the US) and general business counselling.

The clinic also allows Law students at ARU Peterborough to gain valuable experience working on real-life cases under the supervision of a qualified IP practitioner.

Dr Tom Williamson, Assistant Principal of ARU Peterborough, said:

“This new initiative continues ARU Peterborough’s mission of working with and assisting employers, in turn boosting the economic growth of the region.

“Intellectual property is an essential facet of modern-day business, and we are delighted to be able to call on a renowned expert in this field to assist businesses and individuals in the city and the wider region. This will also benefit our students, giving them first-hand experience of operating in a legal advice setting to enhance their employability skills.”

The clinic takes place at ARU Peterborough’s award-winning campus on Bishop’s Road on the second Wednesday of each month, from 1pm until 4pm. Appointments must be made in advance by filling in the form on the IP Clinic website, but unfortunately drop-ins cannot currently be accommodated.

ARU Peterborough is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Peterborough City Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.


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