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Ellenor Hayes

Ellenor Hayes

Summer 2019

Company: Spotify
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Time period: 10 weeks during June through August

My name is Ellenor Hayes and I am currently enrolled in the Intellectual Capital Management (ICM) track at Chalmers University of Technology, in Sweden. I am going to tell you about my summer spent at Spotify—a Swedish “unicorn” and the world’s top audio streaming platform.

The ICM track, a track led by CIP is about developing tools and understanding frameworks to evaluate technology assets and design intellectual property (IP) based business strategies in various contexts. As a music lover and podcast addict, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to apply the new skills and insights I had developed over the first year of my Masters’ at Spotify.

Over the three-month project, I explored how Spotify’s R&D teams can work with the IP team to more proactively identify, claim, and protect Spotify’s intellectual assets. The relevance and impact of my work (not to mention the incredible rooftop terrace at Spotify HQ in Stockholm) meant that I couldn’t have wished for a better way to have spent my summer!