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WIPO-U.S. Summer School on IP

C-IP2 George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School is hosting the exclusive two-week WIPO-U.S. Summer School on Intellectual Property this June 5-16. The Summer School will be held virtually so that they are able to include students who would not otherwise be able to attend, and  to encourage collaboration all over the globe.  

The Summer School program provides an opportunity for students, young professionals, and government officials from all over the world to acquire deeper knowledge of U.S. IP, including an understanding of how IP operates as a tool for economic, social, cultural, and technological development. Program participants are exposed to various aspects of intellectual property rights, including the international nature of IP protection and the interface between IP and other disciplines. 

Additionally, U.S. law students can opt take the course for academic credit!

For more information, please click here.

BIP 2023

Ruud Peters joined Bowman Heiden recently to deliver the first module of the Business of Intellectual Property executive education program at CIP this month for 30 industry participants from our partner firms. The program is focused on building a business mindset and teaching a set of models and tools that ensure IP management is driving business value. Ruud’s extensive board-level commercial experience with IP offers a unique experience to learn from one of the world’s most knowledgeable and entrepreneurial IP executives.

A new series of High-growth technology business forums (HTB Forums) is coming up

Leaders from deep tech businesses will present online their live case studies and discuss them with an international panel of experts. The forums will emphasize the perspective of growth financing, build-to-sell, and IP strategy and management. The one-hour session is followed by an optional meet-the-speakers gathering.

As a valuable supporter of the HTB Community, we would always be glad to see you there. Mark your calendars and register now for this valuable and informative experience:

 

February webinar on “Patent Holdout and Small(er) Technology Firms” by Bowman Heiden and Matt Rappaport

The new working paper on “Patent Holdout and Small(er) Technology Firms” is now available on SSRN. Please join Matt Rappaport and Bowman Heiden when they present their finding next week at the 4iP Council webinar on Feb 16th at 16.00 CET.

This study investigates the symmetrical theory of patent holdout whereby strong patents asserted in a regime of weak injunctive relief can only extract value below their true worth. The focus of the study is on small(er) technology firms (STFs), which are generally understood as critical to economic growth.

Please register for the webinar here.

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Häll and Jennie Ljunggren

SUMMER 2022

Company: ASSA ABLOY

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Hi y’all,

Now it’s our turn to talk about our amazing CiP internship and master thesis work conducted during the spring of 2022 at ASSA ABLOY, a global leader in access solutions. Our names are Julia Häll and Jennie Ljunggren, the unique combination of a lawyer and an engineer creating a new perspective that we like to call “lawineering”.

Well, how did we spend our 6 months at ASSA ABOY?

The main topic of interest was intellectual asset mapping by developing an intellectual asset framework for ASSA ABLOY, to help capture and structure intellectual assets within the firm. The work has been underpinned by the CiP IAM Framework as well as Michelle Fransson and Marta Sadriu’s thesis project regarding data as an intellectual asset.

The rise of intellectual assets comes on the back of the knowledge economy and the increase in the amount of a company’s market value that can be accredited to intangibles. The ongoing march of digitalization around the world further shifts the focus away from tangible assets and traditional industrial manufacturing companies are adopting more digital technologies. There is a lack of comprehension, a knowledge deficiency, and plenty of ambiguity associated with concepts such as intangibles, intellectual capital, intellectual assets, and intellectual property. This creates misunderstandings and increases communication difficulties. The aim of our work has been to assess which intellectual assets contribute to value creation and how these assets can be divided into categories. Furthermore, in relation to the setting of digital transformation, we aimed to investigate if it might have affected the categorization of intellectual assets. Finally, we aimed to investigate how intellectual assets may contribute to value creation through control mechanisms to achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

We have learned an unquantifiable amount about working with IP during this time period, however, the major highlight has been the interaction with knowledgeable business professionals and getting the opportunity to pick their brains.

To wrap this up we would like to give a shout-out to Bowman Heiden, his pragmatic approach to life helped keep us grounded as we went through different cycles of highs and lows. Karla Soler Riba’s efforts to facilitate this internship deserve a special recognition. Finally, we would like to thank all the people at ASSA ABLOY, Michelle Fransson and Marta Sadriu, and Katarina Wendin, the best thesis supervisor out there.

Kind regards,

Julia and Jennie

Sara Friman

SUMMER 2022

Company: Northvolt

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Hi,

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 

SUMMER 2022

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.

Thanks!

Marek Szczygiel

Albin Boman and Filip Lindblom

SUMMER 2022

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