Location: Stockholm HQ / Gothenburg / remote
Time period: 13 weeks, June-September
Location: Stockholm HQ / Gothenburg / remote
Time period: 13 weeks, June-September
KTO’s mission is to assist the University of Malta with commercial exploitation of research results and ultimately support technologies to reach the market. The activities at KTO include for example assessment of technologies, intellectual property definition and strategies, business development, and support with investment networks.
We have mainly been working with technology transfer in various stages. My primary project has been relatively far along in the commercialization process. My main focus has been to define the value proposition of the technology and create a strategy of how to bring the technology to market. I have also worked with branding of the technology, by creating a graphic profile, a new logo, pitch decks for various target audiences, and a new website. This material will be used to promote the technology to industry and other commercial stakeholders. From a market perspective, the goal has been to find a niche market where the technology is a “must have”-solution rather than a “nice-to-have”-solution and establish how that particular market operates and what strategic conclusions can be drawn from that.
Sofia’s primary project has been in the earlier stages in the commercialization process. Her main tasks have been IP-analysis, market analysis and intellectual asset mapping with the goal to establish a business case for the technology. This has included making strategic considerations regarding what assets to focus on, how to package the assets into a value offering and concluding what application area is most promising. It has required a deep understanding of both internal and external analysis. It’s been very challenging but also developing and fun. It’s been great to see that what we’ve learned the past year actually is valuable and can be applied to real technologies and businesses. The knowledge from the PIE- and KBBDM-courses had been extremely useful. One thing that we discussed is how grateful we are for learning what questions we need to ask to whom in order to get the information we require.
Apart from that, the entire internship experience has exceeded all our expectations. Andras and the team are great people who immediately made us feel comfortable and welcome. We’ve also had quite a lot of free time to explore the island, which has been great. The accommodation is very nice, newly built with a pool and very close to the university. We can highly recommend this internship to anyone who wants to have an interesting and developing summer internship, but also great work life balance and an enjoyable summer by the Mediterranean.
If you have any questions about the internship, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
All the best!
Adeline & Sofia
As a Director in Google’s EMEA competition team, you’ll play a lead role in proactively solving complex, multi-layered regulatory challenges, requiring an in-depth knowledge of existing and emerging competition regulations, our product strategy, and the goals and processes of the regulators that we work with.
Company: Volvo Group
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Hi everyone! We are (from left to right) Alexander Danielsson, Anton Stjernholm Börjesson, and Andrej Krsteski – three students at the Entrepreneurship and Business Design master’s at Chalmers University of Technology. During the summer, we worked at Volvo Group Intellectual Property’s Strategy & Portfolio department, with a project that brought more responsibilities and provided a far larger impact than we had anticipated. We want to share a couple of words about our experience and the learnings we had from it.
Volvo Group is a producer of trucks, marine engines, buses, and construction equipment, employing almost 100,000 people across 190 markets.
Our task was to perform a patent portfolio analysis, by mapping all newly developed technologies which are to enter one of Volvo Truck’s electric trucks. By the end of it, we were expected to provide thorough documentation of our findings, along with multiple presentations held for employees of interest. Although being handed a large task, we were left with large autonomy in our work, and were thus able treating this as our own-lead project! This allowed us to find our own way throughout the weeks, be creative, and put our own touch on the task at hand. Working on projects during the first year of our master’s studies definitely helped us perform our work during the summer, and the time at Volvo Group IP provided further learnings in leading and executing an IP related project within a large corporation.
Reflecting on our contributions, we are very pleased with what we accomplished. Our division was impressed with what we had produced, and the material will be received and evaluated by highly seated executives within the company. We are delighted to have enrolled in Entrepreneurship and Business Design, as it allowed us to acquire fundamental knowledge about IP and entrepreneurship, which proved to be helpful during our internship. Furthermore, being given the opportunity to produce something that is of major importance to Volvo Group as an intern is something we are very thankful to CIP for.
The Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) is looking for an Intellectual Property Specialist to help with managing OTL’s patent portfolio, with limited supervision. This role is expected to collaborate with inventors, companies, patent attorneys, Stanford’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) and Technology Licensing Associates (TLAs) to support the protection and commercialization of Stanford’s intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and all other forms of IP. Specific responsibilities of this position include coordinating IP data and communications between stakeholders to ensure Stanford’s IP interests are maintained.
Volvo Cars is looking to recruit an experienced Senior Patent Attorney to be part of the Global IP team. You will be working closely with their groundbreaking R&D teams to protect their inventions, maximize patent protection and manage risks effectively. You will have the responsibility and strategic oversight for a significant part of the patent portfolio and will be mentoring and providing guidance to junior colleagues.
Company: Sisvel S.L
Location: Torre Glories, Barcelona
Time period: Nine weeks from June to August
Hola! We are David Olsson and Jesper Hagberg. We have spent the summer doing an internship for Sisvel in Barcelona and thought we might share our experience with you.
Sisvel was founded during the early 80s and is a company specializing in the management of patent pools within the field of standard essential patents. What this means is that Sisvel has many years of experience ensuring that inventors and patent owners within areas such as 5G and Wi-Fi receive royalty payments for their IP. For us, this meant working with and learning from some of the brightest mind within a complex and exciting business area.
Over the course of the summer, we have gotten to work with a variety of tasks. Perhaps primarily, we carried research used for the preparation of potential legal actions. With both of us coming from an engineering background, this gave us great (and perhaps well-needed) experience in working with technology from a legal perspective. In addition, we were tasked with analysing the 5G patent landscape to see what companies are in the forefront of the development of the standard.
Having worked here, we understand the importance of regulating the market of standardized technologies. By regulating, it creates an incentive for inventors to create technologies that can be shared and used by everyone. Technologies such as 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi are examples of this. From a licensing agreement the royalty payments will trickle down to the inventors and make their efforts worth. This is all made possible by an administrator such as Sisvel. Organizing these patent pools that were mentioned earlier, will help to create a greater leverage when it comes to negotiating with the potential licensees. Without actors such as Sisvel, there would be significant less contribution within these fields because it would just not be worth the effort!
A big thank you to CIP and Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship for both the internship and for the educational background needed to do the job. We feel truly privileged to have been given the opportunity to not only work in one of the nicest cities in the world, but at a company at the forefront of a business field so closely related to our studies.
Company: Tivic Health
Location: Hayward, California
Time Period: 9 weeks from July to August
We’re Stijn van Weegberg and Emanuel Slettengren. We’d like to share about our summer internship experience at Tivic Health Systems, Inc, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tivic Health is a bioelectronic medicine company, focused on non-invasively alleviating congestion and sinus pain by using electric microcurrents. It was founded in 2016, has around 15 employees, and has its first commercial product on the US market now: the ClearUp – a device for sinus pain and congestion. It went public at the end of 2021 – making it an exciting growth company to work at.
Our summer was focused on mapping the Intellectual Property landscape in two different areas of technology that Tivic Health are considering moving into in the future. We analyzed the IP in these areas to find opportunities where there is potential for Tivic to attain exclusivity, and gave recommendations to the company. With individual backgrounds in both technical medicine and law, we were able to help each other out when needed. In addition, having worked with Intellectual Property through multiple cases during our studies greatly prepared us for our internship. Beyond working directly on the project, we also had time to interact with all the different people at Tivic, including its management, learning about their various roles and how they have contributed to Tivic’s success.
Additionally, spending time in the San Francisco Bay Area was simply amazing – it allowed us to immerse in the culture, the food, its people, and all the wonderful touristic activities it has to offer: from the Golden Gate Bridge to Yosemite National Park, and from Alcatraz to Chinatown.
If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to us!
Stijn van Weegberg and Emanuel Slettengren
Location: Remote & London office
Time period: 8 weeks, from June to August 2022
I have had the opportunity to intern for CIPHER during the summer. CIPHER is a company with a mission to enable patent owners to make rational decisions by providing strategic patent intelligence, powered by machine learning and the overarching vision to unleash the strategic value of patents. In practical terms, Cipher uses available patent data and uses supervised machine learning to provide insights for their clients. This enables the clients to create value from their patent portfolios, reduce litigation, and attain insight into various tech areas and their competitors to mention a few. My internship has entailed deeper knowledge in various technology areas, which I hadn’t been exposed to before due to my law background. Furthermore, I was able to have close contact with clients, both presenting work and iterating after clients’ wishes, as well as using patent data to provide insight in the form of an article.
My main task during the internship was to build so-called classifiers, which meant enabling the algorithm to find patents in the technology area that the client wishes to get insight into. The finished classifiers were then presented to the client for review and iterated according to their wishes. I was also able to dig into which technology area I wanted and provide new insights through an article. I chose to focus on Automotive mobility and connectivity, zooming in on NPE litigation activity in the Automotive industry. This meant I got a practical example of how patent data can be used to provide insight into the legal arena.
To summarize, I am very grateful to have been part of CIPHER and for contributing to increased attention and importance of patent data as a strategic tool for governing a company, for allowing me to be hands-on with the clients as well as giving me the opportunity to create insight of my own. I had a brilliant time with CIPHER, and I would recommend everyone to take part in an internship if there is an opportunity!
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