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Mr Joe Sekhon

  • Qualifications: LLB (Hons), Dip LP, PgCLTHE, FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE (Office: Burnaby Terrace 1.19)
  • Telephone: 02392 844102
  • Email: joe.sekhon@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Portsmouth Law School
  • Faculty: Faculty of Business and Law


Having completed my academic stage of legal training at the College of Law Guildford I joined Portsmouth Business School to lead the development of its Intellectual Property Law curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am member of the European Intellectual Property Teachers' Network and sit on the UK Intellectual Property Offices' Universities Working Group. I have provided extensive mentoring to student and graduate startups through my award winning IP Clinic scheme. I have also helped the University secure over £100,000 in external grant funding and supervised research in the field of intellectual property up to PhD level. In recognition of my outputs I have received an outstanding achievement award from the University Vice-Chancellor.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the academic lead for the University's Intellectual Property Law programmes. I have also held other senior positions at the University including Course Director for the Postgraduate Law and the Non-Executive Director Training Programmes. I have also led the University Business School's widening participation efforts.


My research interests include employability, enterprise and entrepreneurial education with a particular focus on how a knowledge of intellectual property law can transform the ability of student and graduate entrepreneurs to achieve their business goals.

I was recently awarded the Harts Publishing Best Presentation Prize for my conference paper at the 10th Anniversary European Intellectual Property Teachers' Network Conference at the University of Lund, Sweden. My paper examined the use of social media to educate student entrepreneurs about the importance of IP to their startups. 

I have also helped the University secure over £100,000 in external grant funding principally from the UK Intellectual Property Office.

£30,000 for an IP Clinic for students and graduates entrepreneurs.

£75,000 for the Creation of a knowledge exchange campus between the universities of Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southampton as a means of assisting regional SMEs exploit their intellectual property.

I have supervised numerous undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and projects in the field of intellectual property as well as supervised PhDs.


Research profile

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