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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!

 

Malin Stenbom

SUMMER 2019

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

My name is Malin Stenbom. I got to spend my summer at Elypta, working with earlier cancer detection, as a Business Development intern. My background is within Biotechnology and the ICM track has really given me the opportunity to stay in the field but look at it from a different perspective. Throughout these years we’ve been part of several projects, some simulated working with biotech for agriculture and some real looking at how to bring MedTech research to market.

All these projects have now prepared me for my thesis at BioVentureHub where one needs to understand what is required to bring innovation in the life science field to market. I’m currently writing my Master’s thesis during my final semester at the Intellectual Capital Management (ICM) track at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. Together with my thesis partner I’m studying AstraZeneca’s BioVentureHub and writing about how you can develop Key Performance Indicators in an innovation initiative between Big Pharma and SMEs.

I’m looking forward to following the rest of my classmates and how all of our theses will develop during the spring, but the truly interesting thing will be to see what all of us are up to next year.

Frida Femling

SUMMER 2019

Company: Richardson Oliver Insights
Location: Silicon Valley, USA
Time period: 10 weeks during June through August

My name is Frida Femling. I would like to share with you my summer as an intern at Richardson Oliver Insights. This is a data-driven firm based in Silicon Valley. They help enable patent transactions and the patent market by providing reliable, comprehensive data-driven solutions to patent buyers, sellers and decision-makers. A key element of these services is helping participants find the most valuable patents. How they do this? I’ll explain:

They use a patent ranking system they developed in-house, established in 2015. The ranking system is built on a couple of metrics functioning as value indicators for patents. An example of a metric commonly used when ranking patents is the number of forwarding references from later patents. If a patent has a greater number of forwarding references compared to similar patents within the same technical field, that patent is likely to be of higher importance. My main task this summer was to develop this ranking system further by validating or invalidating the metrics for the existing ranking system and finding additional potential metrics to implement to improve the ranking system. This project included collecting data, sorting it, extracting the key data, visualizing it through Python, and developing the updated ranking algorithms.

During this summer I realized how important the Intellectual Property Strategies course I took was. I worked with patents for 2,5 months on this project and the knowledge I needed about intellectual property that I had gained from the course was invaluable.

But, enough of IP! On top of patents, programming, and math, I did a lot of other things. I climbed mountains in Yosemite, visited Facebook’s headquarters, cruised down Highway 1, celebrated 4th of July, tried freshly baked donuts, hiked in Muir Woods, and explored San Francisco (almost every weekend). The Bay Area is amazing and I can definitely recommend applying for an internship here. I had the opportunity to combine IP with programming, data analysis, math, and statistics with the most talented patent crew in Silicon Valley. And I want to take the opportunity to encourage you all to be brave and apply for an internship even though you might believe you don’t have all the qualifications. The willingness to learn and a positive mindset is the way to get there.

Sanna Lundin

SUMMER 2019

Company: Saab Avionics
Location: Huskvarna, Sweden
Time period: 10 weeks during June through August

My name is Sanna Lundin and I am currently in the second year of the ICM track at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship.

During the summer of 2019, I did a 10-week internship at Saab Avionics in Huskvarna. Most Swedes hear Saab and think of cars, Saab Avionics, however, make technology that goes into aircrafts! 🛩 In my role, I was a member of the Strategy team and was mainly working with the evaluation of collaboration and IP licensing opportunities. The role involved driving projects independently as well as in collaboration with peers and gave hands-on experience with strategic IP work which is unheard of for 1st-year master students outside of our education! The position was part of the internship program that teachers and alumni from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship create for 1st-year students.

As students at Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship, we are very lucky to be part of a network of dedicated teachers, students, and the Elumni network. Elumni is what alumni from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship are called. Throughout all courses, Elumni has been engaging through guest lectures, cases, and other engagements.

PS. In the pictures you see me posing in the Saab elevator and some cows that are just a short walk from the SAAB offices! Truly a mix of worlds when taking a break from work to go out in the sunshine to look at cows and pet dogs!

Thanks for reading!

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!

Hannes Forssberg Malm

Summer 2017

Company: ROL Group
Location: California, USA
Time period: 10 weeks during June through August

Explanation of the work:

ROL is a law firm that does IP strategy for Silicon Valley companies. Their main focus is patent strategies for hi-tech companies, especially counter-assertion for defensive purposes.

I’ve worked on projects relating to legal, business and strategy projects. My largest project was to analyze a spin-off of a part of ROL that provides clients with data on the secondary patent market. The project fell under the business creation/business development/financial modeling category, and I was responsible for the projects.

I’ve also written 4 case studies/articles that were published on IP Watchdog, prepared legal strategies for litigation, and made financial models for technology valuation.

How did your education thus far prepare you for the tasks you have done?
Very well. I’ve had great benefit of the financial modeling and the business creation lab. Also, the negotiation segment was useful to understand the counter assertion dynamic.

I was given a lot of room to design my own projects and really own the process. Also, I got to know another ICM student who went to the same area. I learned a lot about workflow from getting the opportunity to work closely with really experienced professionals (both partners are IAM 300’s). I also got to understand how the models and tools I was taught in the program could actually be used in a useful way in practice.

All in all, I don’t think I could have had a better summer anywhere else in the world. Thank you ICM!

Sammie Chimusoro

Summer 2017

Company: Electrolux
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Time period: 2-month internship ending 11 of August 2017.

Explanation of the work:
We were tasked with quantifying their patent portfolio, using cost data to build an Excel tool that allows the patent office to better understand their cost distribution with external agencies (customers and clients). More specifically search matter associated costs, prosecution costs and drafting costs.

The company is world class and I was surprised at how multicultural the head office was. It was also awesome living in Stockholm for 2 months. It truly is a beautiful place from the people to the architecture.

How did your education thus far prepare you for the tasks you have done?
The education helped us have a strong general overview of IP (a good foundation). My biggest takeaway was understanding the strategies that Electrolux uses when filling patents and getting an in depth understanding of the process from conception to its final phase.

Niklas Ohlsson

Summer 2017

Company: SAAB Avionics Systems
Location: Jönköping, Sweden
Time period: June and August 2017

Explanation of the work:
Have worked with a lot of various tasks, all from patent searching to business intelligence. Started the internship by getting to know the products that the company offers. After that we was handed a case to perform patentability analysis of three related innovations from a senior engineer. During the last weeks we together with this focused on two various licensing cases and a valuation of various IP tools.

How did your education thus far prepare you for the tasks you have done?
The education was very relevant in order to perform a good and valuable patentability assessment. Knowing how to use relevant keywords, how the classification system worked. Have been really interesting to work within an organization that is working on their IP-development. We have had the chance to be in the middle of an IP-transformation and how Saab wants to work with IP in the future.

 

“Our interns Simon and Niklas did a sterling job at Saab, Avionics Systems, in the summer of 2017. Their core assignment was to assess patentability and utilisation strategies for a number of inventions. The main value for our organisation was the fresh new influences from such enthusiastic and knowledgeable students. It indicates a high level quality of their education at CIP”

-Philip Ideström, Commercial Manager at Saab, Avionics Systems