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    Swansea Intellectual Property expert awarded OBE

    Andrew Beale, Head of the Department of Professional Legal Studies at Swansea University’s School of Law, is to be made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to intellectual property and to business in Wales .

    Andrew Beale

    The announcement was made in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List, published on Saturday 13th June.

    Mr Beale, a lecturer in Intellectual Property (IP), was recently seconded to the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva to work with the small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs) Division on helping SMEs to understand the importance of managing their IP.

    The purpose of the secondment, which is jointly funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and Swansea University, is to produce a handbook for SMEs, Intellectual Asset Strategies for Open Innovation. The dynamic of the relationship between large and smaller firms is changing and the booklet seeks to enable SMEs to best position themselves within global supply chains.

    Mr Beale is also Director of the IP Wales initiative, part-funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and European Union. The project has advised over 750 Welsh businesses, leading to over 200 patents, 60 trade marks and 25 IP licensing agreements.

    IP Wales is seen by WIPO's SME division as an example of Best Practice in assisting smaller businesses with intellectual property issues.

    Mr Beale said: "I am honoured to have received the OBE and I hope that, through this award, further recognition will be given to the importance of intellectual property in delivering the political aspiration of a sustainable knowledge economy for Wales.

    Many companies fail to appreciate the value of their IP. This can lead to real commercial and financial difficulties, especially for smaller businesses. Taking steps to manage and protect IP can give companies much greater commercial freedom and a legally enforceable monopoly in their marketplace.

    In the present economic climate more and more Universities are looking to enhance their interface with Industry and it is so rewarding to see Swansea University's work in this area being recognised as such an important part of the team Wales approach. I hope this Award will offer a springboard for Wales to engage even more actively with the international IP agenda".

    Professor Andrew Halpin, Head of the School of Law at Swansea University, said: "We are delighted with this highly deserved accolade for the immense value that Andrew has delivered to the Welsh business community over the years with IP Wales, and through his international work with WIPO."

    For further information about the School of Law, please visit the School's website.


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