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Sara Friman


Company: Northvolt

Location: Stockholm, Sweden


During this summer I got the pleasure of working at Northvolt at their IP department in Stockholm. As a leader for the future of energy innovation, Northvolts mission is to build the greenest battery in the world. Their revolutionizing recycling processes and recently announced joint venture with Volvo cars are only parts of the exiting things to come. Entering this dynamic sphere made is possible evolve on an individual level and contribute to something bigger than the company itself.

At the summer intern position, I got to apply my knowledge from my education into practice and utilize my multidisciplinary combinations to generate results for both department reviews and presentations on a higher level at the company. With my background as an engineer within biotechnology and master within entrepreneurship and business design – intellectual capital management, I was ready to tackle any challenge thrown my way. My tasks included patent analysis, contracting, and performing an independent IP strategy project. The project spanned across the whole summer period and enabled me to interact across departments of business development, legal and R&D. One thing I really appreciated was the openness to learning and interactions across departments and offices. With a big group of over 110 summer interns, we were welcomed to the company through organized events and got the opportunity to attend lunch and learns weekly and CEO hands-on info sessions with Peter Carlsson. This added to the creation of the inspiring environment of the office. We got to visit the Västerås office at Northvolt Labs and were offered to visit the newly built Northvolt Ett in Skellefteå. My manager and the IP team were fantastic at including me various meetings and tasks that I showed an interest for. Allowing me to steer the path of my very own experience at this internship.

This summer has illustrated to me that Northvolt is a place of highly engaged and innovative people. All desiring to contribute to a better future. As a person I have grown in my capabilities of communication and project management. A big thank you to all the amazing people I meet during this summer! I had a brilliant time and would recommend Northvolt to anyone who is looking for a challenge, not solely to their personal skillset but also in solving the problems of tomorrow.

If you are thinking of applying for the internship or have any questions, don’t hesitate to message me!

Best regards,

Sara Friman

Marek Szczygiel 


Company: Philips

Location: Cambridge, Boston MA, USA

Time period: 6 weeks june to august +2 weeks remote

Hi all!

I would like to share my experience with Philips during this years summer internship. My name is Marek Szczygiel and am a student in the School of Entrepreneurship here at Chalmers.

Philips has been known around the globe for over a century. Starting out in creating and patenting more bright and longer lasting lightbulbs, and then moving into areas such as being one of the first companies to was produce radiology equipment, they slowly pivoted from electronics to medical devices as well as medical solutions for the future. Nowadays, they are one of the leaders in hospital and home medical devices, trying to vertically integrate their products in the hospital setting as well as directly to consumer.

Through CIP, I got to participate in a summer internship dealing with intellectual property in Cambridge, where the ultrasound headquarters of Philips are located. Here I got to work with the company patents as well as looking into the other actors in this space.

The company was both very open in their innovation strategy as well as diverse and inclusive in all aspects. Supervision as well as a tailored approach to what I as an intern was taken into account, which made the process of learning more rewarding.

Other than the project given, I got to both participate in meetings between managers in different departments, present my findings, work with IP and give personal feedback as well as work with other departments such as with the CT department.

Concluding, it was work with mutual benefit, and was asked to give feedback as to how the company can welcome potential CIP students in the future. If you are interested in working with a company working to both change and influence the future of medicine, please take Philips into account. Please reach out for any other information regarding the internship.


Marek Szczygiel

Albin Boman and Filip Lindblom


Company: Electrolux

Location: Stockholm

Hi! This is our experience from the summer.

We, Albin Boman and Filip Lindblom have this summer been enrolled in a summer internship at Electrolux Group Patents. Electrolux is a global organization that works with patents covering seven different product categories. The highly competitive market and rapidly growing emerging markets provide a scene full of IP-related challenges. We were tasked with evaluating and creating two tools for Electrolux that could be used by their patent engineers and attorneys in their day-to-day work.

The first task revolved around patent portfolio evaluation. Combining traditional quantitative patent portfolio data with market insight a relationship between protection and sales can be created. This relationship is called Exposure. Exposure enables companies to focus their patenting efforts where they really matter. Our tool enables Electrolux to view their current patents and sales for all possible market selections. In total, we included around 9 million data points into the evaluation tool.

The second task was focused on evaluating a single patent, and determining its value for a global producing company such as Electrolux. Through workshops and literature reviews we concluded that a patent can be rated based on three core criteria:

  • Detectability of fraudulent use
  • Scope of protection
  • Strategic fit

In this task we found many challenges relating to how a patent is used in this industry, unlike many other IP fields the home appliance market usually patents only to protect their own inventions, the litigation rate is low and patents are rarely used aggressively. We found that the three criteria above could determine whether a patent is good or bad at protecting the invention, and if the invention is of strategic interest to protect.

Working with an agile methodology with one week sprints guided by two heads of product lines Dr. Christian Mohr and Tore Stjernberg with a dedicated scrum master we saw rapid learning and development of the tools. Due to the scrum setup, our tools could develop from early Miro-sketches into published assets in a matter of weeks.

We really enjoyed the Internship at Electrolux, and we have found ourselves intrigued by the challenges that large producing companies face from a patenting perspective. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you want to know more about the Internship.

Best regards,
Filip & Albin

Emma Walldén and Anton Nygren


Company: Spotify

Location: Stockholm HQ / Gothenburg / remote

Time period: 13 weeks, June-September

We are Emma Walldén and Anton Nygren. We’ve been working at Spotify during 13 weeks this summer, as Intellectual Property summer interns in the IP team! Anton and I were challenged with the important task of creating a return on investment (ROI) model for Spotify’s patent portfolio, conducting a benchmark of the portfolio, and evaluate parameters for quality assessment of the portfolio. Having completed the project, the IP team will hopefully benefit from enhanced incorporation of business intelligence tools for strategic decision-making in IP. Our internship project resembles well with both of our academic and professional backgrounds, since we both have completed a Bachelor’s in Business Administration/Finance at The school of Business, Economics and Law, and are currently doing our Master’s at Chalmers where we’ve studied courses in intellectual property. We are deeply grateful and humble about the learning outcomes, experiences, network opportunities and challenges this summer at Spotify has brought to us.
We got welcomed with open arms by the IP team and the entire company. During our internship, we experienced Q&A sessions with several top level managers, artists having concerts at the office, and enjoyed the summer festival that Spotify arranged in Stockholm for its employees where artists such as Kid Laroi and Jireel performed. We’ve had an unforgettable experience this summer and absorbed knowledge and learnings from several parts of the business. Our playlists at Spotify are even more enhanced and filled with new tracks after being inspired by our band mates, and having explored all the new cool features. We’re grateful to have been a part of the CIP internship program, and would recommend exploring their unique opportunities for anyone interested!
We’ll see you soon, Spotify!