Windsor IP law clinic is where it’s at

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Law, technology, and entrepreneurship clinic (LTEC) has been around for just over five years, but has already made quite a splash in the intellectual property legal community in North America.

“This is quite possibly the most advanced intellectual property clinical program, not just in Canada, in North America, [and] indeed there is nobody doing this stuff right now,” says Wissam Aoun, LTEC clinical director at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law.

It started out initially as a clinic providing information on a variety of legal topics, then began providing legal services catering to entrepreneurs and startups, along with intellectual property advice and corporate-commercial services says, Aoun, “but the focus is on intellectual property.”

Following some experimentation and a few new initiatives, the clinic really re-focused itself about two years ago, “student enrolment was really growing because the clinic was growing in popularity,” says Aoun.

“I’ve been afforded countless opportunities to work directly with small businesses on entrepreneurial projects. This has included incorporations, share capital structuring, corporate governance work for a non-profit, patent novelty searches, and trademark searches,” said Windsor law student Shaya Motamed, also an LTEC member.

Last year, the clinic opened a brand new location in downtown Windsor and instead of just helping student entrepreneurs the clinic began working with regular businesses as well.