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Zaid Saeed

SUMMER 2021

Company: Rouse
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Time period: 9 weeks during June through August

My name is Zaid Saeed and I am eager to give you a brief insight into my latest summer internship in Stockholm at Rouse. I am currently studying my second year of master’s studies at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, and I was looking to sharpen my skills within Intellectual Capital Management and Business Development, here is how the story goes:

I was both excited and relieved when I first saw that I had received a job offer from Rouse. Of all the interesting companies that were part of this internship programme, Rouse resonated a bit more with my interests and skills. Rouse is an IP consultancy business focused on emerging markets and provide a full range of intellectual property services. They have a long- standing experience and relationships in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their services range from patent and trademark protection and management to commercialization, global enforcement, and anti-counterfeiting. Their consultancy specializes in providing strategic and multidisciplinary consulting services to technology companies and brand owners globally. What I was particularly fond of is their vision of putting intellectual property in the core of business to become one of the main value drivers. Almost all businesses rely on intellectual property to maintain competitiveness, may it be as trade secrets or patents and copyrights. To make a successful expansion, one need to consider the many cross-bordered regulations and agreements. The process is usually quite regulated and require expert advice, which is partly where Rouse operates.

Having worked in China and studied in Singapore, I have developed a certain interest in the Asian market which made Rouse the perfect candidate. Additionally, my newfound interest for intellectual capital management as well as my curiosity in being a management consultant further reassured me that Rouse was the place to be during my summer of 2021. I can without a doubt say that Rouse lived up to every bit of my expectations and even exceeded them. Not only did my supervisors Holly White and Nigel Wong tailor the internship based on my areas of competence and interests, but they also made certain that I was constantly experiencing personal development by presenting me with new challenges. The company culture was very welcoming and familiar. My mentor Holly gave me a proper introduction to many relevant actors in the business, in spite the fact that it is quite a large organization. I got to work in multi-disciplinary teams, both ethnically and skills wise, on global projects for leading actors in a variety of industries.

Throughout the internship I was constantly reminded of the value in our CIP-programme. The level of respect and gratitude that were shown to the models and methods used in our learning was very gratifying. The intellectual asset mapping framework, deguncification- based way of thinking and understanding the importance of IP in business context were all very present in my daily work.

From this internship, I take with me new experiences, valuable contacts, and good friends! A great thanks to Karla and Bowman for going above and beyond to grant us this opportunity despite the hurdles and tough situation that covid presented.

Olivia Westberg and Jacob Nissén Karlsson

SUMMER 2021

Company: Simsen Diagnostics
Location: Sahlgrenska Science Park, Gothenburg
Time Period:  8 weeks from June to August

Hi Folks! We are Olivia Westberg and Jacob Nissén Karlsson. We want to share some insights with you from our summer at Simsen Diagnostics. Simsen Dia.. is an early Medtech start-up that offers analysis of complex DNA sources, which enables cancer detection from a simple blood sample. The company will help to improve the healthcare system, and the diagnostics of cancer treatment for patients. For both of us, it meant a lot having the opportunity to work with a technology that is helping people.

The business idea is based on a comprehensive research that the board has conducted and developed. The company was founded in 2020. Since the company is in its early stage, we got to dig into a lot of responsibility and exciting work tasks. None of us had a background within the biotechnology field, which made this a rewarding challenge. However, working with both advanced and, for us, unknown industry gave us an even more thrilling learning experience.

Our main task this summer was to create an investment memorandum for the company’s first investment round. The task included redefining and developing the company’s value proposition, as well as strategic plans to utilize the intellectual assets to their full potential. In addition, we conducted a market analysis and made changes to the brand’s management by designing a new webpage.

Having reflected on our contributions at Simsen Diagnostics, we are delighted that we are enrolled in the School of Entrepreneurship and Business Design, which has taught us fundamental knowledge about entrepreneurship that gave great leverage the past summer. We also want to highlight how the experiences and insights from the CIP courses have been critical for understanding Simsen Diagnostics’ intellectual assets, and furthermore to utilise and protect them in the best way.

To summarize our summer internship at Simsen Diagnostics, we are very happy to be a part of a company that has a real impact on the health care sector. The internship allowed us to apply our skills in a hands-on case that challenged us in several different ways.

If you want to get more insights and advice from us in the future, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Olivia Westberg and Jacob Nissén Karlsson

Rajvardhan Desai

SUMMER 2021

Company: Truecaller AB
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Time period: 8 weeks, June -July

Hello! My name is Rajvardhan Desai. I will share my experience of working with Truecaller- a unicorn software technology startup based in Stockholm, Sweden. It has product offerings primarily in the form of smartphone apps and, in essence, is a modern phone directory that helps weed out scam callers in real-time. A company that is growing and heading towards an IPO in the near future. I, along with a colleague from my class – Erik Malmberg, was assigned a project to map out the existing intellectual assets and design a framework for capturing Intellectual property in the early stages of development.

We started out the project by getting an overall understanding of the product followed by learning the “tech lingo” used in a software company because we had to get information by speaking to the employees. Taking a top-down approach from the CTO to the engineers, in total, we had meetings with 40+ employees to understand the development process and ultimately getting a deeper understanding of complex tech that works behind the scenes. In parallel, we were getting to know the operational practicalities and legalities that are involved by having meetings with the leadership and legal teams. 

The project at the first glance looked overwhelming, mostly because we were not very familiar with software technology. But, we were still at ease since we had training on the general process to work with such a project during the KBBDM course at Chalmers which was led by Prof. Bowman Heiden. The education was in the form of a simulation and this helped us to believe in what we were doing at the internship. The end result was achieving good results and the leadership of the company appreciating the work we had done. 

The internship has been a superb learning experience professionally. That being said, having fun wasn’t left out! The internship brought me to the beautiful city of Stockholm for the first time since I came to Sweden from India a year ago. I can now safely say that I know the city well enough to make a non-touristy itinerary!  The company and its people made us interns feel so welcomed by inviting us to the annual summer party. The 8 weeks introduced me to awesome people, people that I wouldn’t normally get a chance to speak to. 

How often would you get a chance to speak to the founders of a unicorn startup over a beer!?

If you wish to get in touch with me, to get to know more about the internship or the education, shoot me an email at: desairajvardhan112@gmail.com

Michelle Fransson and Marta Sadriu

SPRING 2021

Company: ASSA ABLOY & Spotify
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Time period: 20 weeks January through June

Hi!

During spring 2021, we (Michelle Fransson and Marta Sadriu) took part in the CIP Internship Program which allowed us to combine our master’s thesis work with a dual internship opportunity at Spotify and ASSA ABLOY. You might be wondering what Spotify, a global audio streaming service, and ASSA ABLOY, a global leader in access solutions, could possibly have in common. Well, the answer is data.

As more products and services are becoming digital and connected, more data can be collected and stored. This enables companies to access and leverage value embedded in data, which in turn leads to data becoming a new type of property – an invaluable asset that can be produced, processed, transferred and stolen. Therefore, our project goal was to investigate “Data as an Intellectual Asset”. This meant defining how data drives value for Spotify and ASSA ABLOY, and how companies can work to manage, protect and control their data in an efficient way. By using the tools and frameworks related to Intellectual Asset Management, taught in the ICM track, we were able to investigate and capture data assets at the two companies by combining a legal, business and technology perspective. An important part of the result was the identified difficulties in communicating about data across organizations.  Therefore, the project resulted in a “Data Asset Framework” that can help organizations understand their data as intellectual assets, and create guidelines for how data can be utilized, protected and controlled.

One of the major highlights of this project has been the opportunity to deep dive into two of the most interesting Swedish companies that operate and compete on the global market – a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! We were given free reins to investigate the companies in order to understand how they operate and create value. This mainly meant conducting a wide number of interviews with employees across both companies. The research was complemented by an investigation of relevant literature in order to strengthen the quality of the results and provide a strong anchoring to existing knowledge about data.

Conclusively, we would like to express our gratitude towards our amazing supervisors at ASSA ABLOY, Katarina Wendin, and at Spotify, Ellenor Hayes & Per Wendin, who have supported us in the best ways possible through this crazy and incredible journey. We highly recommend applying to the CIP Internship Program, and especially to a dual internship opportunity, as this has been an invaluable experience for us!

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or want to discuss anything further. We’re more than happy to pass on our experiences and insights.

Yuejun Sun and David Lager

SPRING 2021

Company: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands. The internship was carried out at the IP&S department on distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Time period: From January to the end of June 2021

We are Yuejun Sun and David Lager. We have both graduated from the ICM track at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship in June 2021. We wrote our master’s thesis in parallel with conducting a CIP internship at Philips, where we gained valuable experiences. Here we want to tell you about it.

The internship topic we explored was named “The Role of IP in a Data-driven Business Model”. At Philips, we examined how data-driven business models are interplaying with IP assets. The study was done by collecting and analyzing case studies both internally at Philips as well as competitors’ data-driven business cases. We started by learning the different business clusters within Philips’ organization and from that identified interesting business cases. Then we searched and studied competitors’ cases to identify similarities and differences about their data-driven business models and utilization of IPs.

In order to explain the result clearly, we established the TVID-framework (Technology, Value, IP, and Data). This framework was then adopted to the case analyses to present the interlinkage between technology assets, intellectual properties, and value creation activities in a data-driven chain. By utilizing the TVID framework, we summarized which Technology assets and IPs were essential in different parts of the data-driven value chain and the findings helped us to understand the competitive advantages concerning IP strategy.

Even though this internship has been performed on distance due to the Covid-19 situation, we have experienced a strong inclusion from IP&S colleagues and Philips as an organization. We have appreciated the international environment surrounding the department with colleagues located all over the world, even though it required us to think twice regarding time zones before sending out meeting invitations on Teams.

The CIP internship has provided us with the opportunity to learn how Philips innovates and how they transform businesses into the digital era and shaping their competitive edge. By working as interns at a company like Philips, which has a well-known innovation tradition and global presence in different technological areas, we also got confirmed that our ICM education provides us with the right knowledge and advanced tools and models, which enables us to perform from day one.

Overall, it was no doubt a perfect internship and master thesis project for us to complete our study!

Tatiane Abreu Dall’Agnol

SPRING 2021

Company: Pieris Pharmaceuticals
Location: Munich, Germany
Time Period: January to June

Hi! I am Tatiane Dall´Agnol and during the first semester of 2021, I was an intern at Pieris Pharmaceuticals. The company is based in Munich, Germany, focused on drug development for oncology and the respiratory system. My internship was in the Business Development and Competitive Intelligence department. During this period, I learned how to perform drug indication analysis, evaluate competitors’ updates, and helped to raise strategic recommendations based on our work. To be part of a company that has consistent growth by developing life-changing therapies was the best form to start my new career path.

Because of the pandemic period, everyone in the company office was working remotely, and so was I. However, I had excellent communication with the team, felt very welcome, and learned a lot from them. Even with all the restrictions that recent times demand, they organized a 10-day trip to Munich so that I could meet the team in person and visit the office. I was able to better understand the structure and processes of a pharmaceutical company and the experience helped me to get a great job after the master’s degree.

I highly recommend Pieris for an internship and I encourage you all to apply. It’s an amazing place where you can have professional development and an amazing time.

Isak Lind and Rasmus Kockgård

SPRING 2021

Company: Ericsson AB
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Time period: 20 weeks, from January through June.

Hello! We (Isak Lind and Rasmus Kockgård) would like to share our experience of combining our master´s thesis work at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship with an internship at Ericsson AB, through CIP. Our thesis work aimed to investigate how green tech, and green IoT manufacturing technology, in particular, could be utilized to a broader extent through mechanisms of sharing intellectual property. The internship at Ericsson gave us the ideal conditions to carry out our thesis work. Ericsson is a well-renowned provider and licensor of connectivity technology that enables environmental savings. Thereby, through their substantial expertise and extensive network with other organizations, we were able to complete our thesis and assist Ericsson in further investigating the possibilities to spread green tech through mechanisms of sharing intellectual property.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the internship was performed remotely. It started off with us having several e-meetings with our supervisors where we discussed expectations, the scope of the internship work, etc. For us to get an understanding of Ericsson´s patent and licensing processes, we got to speak with multiple national and international IP professionals who were happy to explain their respective functions for handling IP. We were both humbled by the time and patience all the employees showed us. During our internship, we analyzed and categorized past green tech sharing initiatives such as GreenXchange, ECO Patent Commons, and WIPO Green. Courses in IP-Strategy and Patent & Innovation Engineering, provided by CIP, gave us the proper knowledge to make in-depth analyzes. Additionally, we held a workshop with participants from several different departments connected to Ericsson´s IP and licensing. The workshop aimed to vertically ventilate opinions and thoughts through the organization on how to spread green tech and generate value. Here, our learnings from the CIP-course Knowledge-based Business Development and Management gave us the proper tools to mediate between different interests. It became clear to us that even though IP strategies are complex to understand and formulate, we were well equipped with knowledge and frameworks from the CIP courses to build our reasoning. Together with the guidance from our supervisors at Ericsson, we were, in the end, able to deliver a much-appreciated recommendation for how to further spread green tech and generate value through mechanisms of sharing intellectual property.

To conclude, we would like to send our deepest gratitude towards our supervisors at Ericsson, Mathias Hellman, and Sanna Lundin. Furthermore, we highly recommend applying for the internships CIP is providing, particularly at Ericsson! The internship gave us invaluable practical knowledge and even though the requirements can seem frightening, you are well prepared through the CIP courses.

Feel free to reach out to us with questions regarding the internships. We are happy to assist in any way we can!

 

Alexander Svensson

SUMMER 2020


Company: Cipher, Aistemos Limited

Location: London, UK (Remotely)

Time period: 10 weeks during June through August

My name is Alexander and I would like to share my experience as a Solutions intern at Cipher during the summer of 2020. By using supervised machine learning, Cipher eliminates the inefficient manual tagging and sorting of patent data. By swiftly delivering trusted and reliable patent intelligence Ciphers allows customers to make better strategic decisions.

As a Solutions Intern, I was working with building and training AI classifiers within different sectors, e.g. automotive, manufacturing, and fintech among others. This was done through a tailoring process depending on the need of each specific client. Besides building classifiers, I also made trend analyses by screening and evaluating the IP landscape surrounding the technologies in question. I created content for the marketing team to use to promote interesting trends in the patent landscape. During the spring I participated in the CIP course Patent & Innovation Engineering which gave me many insights regarding how patents are structured and which factors that are crucial when analyzing the IP landscape.

My overall experience of both Cipher and the industry of IP was really good. Despite working remotely, I got a very positive impression of my colleagues even though we never met in person. Everyone was very friendly and helpful which was especially important for me as a remote-working intern. Cipher gave me the opportunity to put my knowledge into practice and for that, I’m truly grateful.

I would highly recommend Cipher for future interns. Feel free to reach out to me, at any time, with questions or concerns!

Rana Essa

SUMMER 2020


Company:
 Knowledge Transfer Office at the University of Malta

Location: Msida, Malta (Digital participation from Sweden)

Time period: 5 Weeks from late June to late July

 

My name is Rana Essa. I would like to share my experience with you as a digital intern at the Corporate Research and Knowledge Transfer Office at the University of Malta (KTO). KTO has a great role in assisting researchers at the University of Malta. It does so by providing the guidance and support needed to reach commercialization and prepare researches to be launched in the market. One of the projects they had was a Stem Cell Spin-out company. Along with a brilliant supervisor from KTO, Marie Mifsud, I gladly assisted in developing the business.

Due to the unfortunate pandemic event, it was decided that it is better to perform the work remotely from Sweden. In coordination with the office, we were able to set a plan to reach a valuable derivable in the specified internship period. It is very important to understand the technology before digging down into business strategies and assessments. Hence, the first phase was dedicated to understanding the technology and protocols; which went great due to my background in biotechnology and life science. The second phase was focused on analyzing other competitors in the field and determine what competitive advantage that the spin-out has. From that point, I was able to map out different assets and suggest business models and strategies the company could potentially follow. Finally, having a combined mindset of innovational thinking along with technical skills might produce complex work. Therefore, it was important in the final phase to wrap up the work produced in a simple yet valuable outcome to be understandable by different audiences.

I was able to divide the work produced into phases and apply different methods thanks to participating in different CIP courses, specially Knowledge-based business development and management (KBBDM), which was a great learning method that combined different courses in a way and connected academic education with the real-life work environment.

Little wonder that conducting an internship from distance is hard. Nevertheless, having such circumstances was indeed a great challenge. As a young entrepreneur, it is an interesting condition that allowed me personally to explore new possibilities of adaptability and flexibility; which ended up with satisfying outcomes and experience.

If you are a potential intern or a curious entrepreneur and you are interested to know further about my experience, feel free to contact me!

Christoffer Johnsson & Karl Börjesson

SUMMER 2020

Company: Knowledge Transfer Office at University of Malta

Location: Msida, Malta (Digital participation from Sweden)

Time period: 4 Weeks during late June to late July

We would like to share our good experiences of being interns at the Corporate Research and Knowledge Transfer Office at the University of Malta (KTO). First of all, 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.

The internship was performed remotely from Sweden due to the pandemic. Initially, we had to select among several novel and interesting projects in KTO’s portfolio, and due to our backgrounds, we decided to work with complex space technology. After carefully looking over the project’s business plan, we chose to do an extensive IP-analysis for parts of the invention, including analyzing the IP-landscape and assessing the patentability of the invention. This required a deep understanding of the technology, how to break the technology into sub-parts, and to assess the system as a whole. Thanks to our participation in the courses in IP-Strategy and Patent Innovation Engineering, we had the ability to face our tasks in a structured manner in order to set up the IP-analysis framework. We quickly realized that the knowledge from our previous CIP-courses was of great fundamental value in order to deliver highly appreciated work to the KTO at the end of our internship.

Furthermore, we are very satisfied with the friendly staff at KTO and the manager András Havasi which acted as our supervisor. Even though this internship was supposed to take place in Malta, we still had a very valuable experience where we got the opportunity to put our knowledge into practice.

If any future interns want our insights or advice in the future, feel free to reach out, we’d love to pass on our experience!