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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

María del Carmen Espejel Carrión

Summer 2017

Company: Research Institutes of Sweden RISE
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Time period: 8 weeks during June, July and August 2016

Explanation of the work:
Working on a Health Impact Bond project together with two business design students. The first weeks, I worked on a short video and my main task was to look into the legal aspects of that short video in relation to IP. Moreover, during the following weeks, I drafted a contract and I looked into GDPR and its implication for the project. Finally, I helped to develop a service offering together with the other interns.

How did your education thus far prepare you for the tasks you have done?
The education brought me the opportunity to work in a team with different backgrounds from ICM and it helped me to be open to other viewpoints and ways to go about creating solutions to problems. In addition, I could have the chance to apply the knowledge gained during the education to real life challenges.

Linus Kingfors

Summer 2017

Company: University of Malta, Knowledge Transfer Office
Location: Msida, Malta
Time period: 10 weeks during June-August 2017

Explanation of the work:
My work mainly consisted of evaluating applications to KTO from academic personnel of the University of Malta in terms of economic feasibility, IP strength and overall impression. I also assisted some of my colleagues with ongoing projects in terms of market analysis, creating draft materials for project pitches, etc.

How did your education thus far prepare you for the tasks you have done?
My background in Mechanical Engineering helped me in understanding the technical aspect of the projects, as well as understanding the value of different technologies. My background at CSE helped me use this understanding to set up plans of actions or give business related advice to my colleagues.

I have improved my understanding of how it is to work with government entities as well as improved my skills in performing market analyses. I have also gained some valuable insight on how it is working abroad. I really appreciate the focus CSE puts on connecting real life cases with the education, it has proven very beneficial as it well prepares you for your working life. I would suggest structuring all courses around cases given by companies, as I believe it reflects the reality a lot better than fictional cases strictly based on academic knowledge.

Linn Bäckegren

Summer 2017

Company: Albumedix
Location: Nottingham,England
Time period: 12 weeks, during June-August 2017

Explanation of the work:
The work was divided into two parts; one part was to learn the software PatSnap itself and the other part was to investigate what kind of analyses and conclusions that could be drawn from a patent landscape or other patent information. This included building search strings, looking for white-spaces in a landscape, identifying and analyzing competitors/possible collaborators/customers, predict movement of the technology area, among other things.

How did your education thus far prepare you for the tasks you have done?
By understanding the different parts of a patent and what is described in which part I could roughly understand what kind of answers I could get from the analyses and also be able to tell what kind of questions would need additional data before they could be answered. How to present your findings and to have the patience to wait for answers on e-mails.

An overall skill that I have acquired would be to question more. Why does this (graph, for example) look the way it looks, how could this analysis be improved etc. But also, to understand what different people in the company want. When a business developer says that he wants to see the “status of IP” regarding a new project it is rarely the same as if a senior researcher asks for relevant IP for the same project, so the important thing is to understand what they REALLY want. They rarely want just a pretty picture over a landscape, they want to know about the active actors in the field, similar technologies, patenting activity etc.

Jacob Radell

Summer 2016

Company: Philips
Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Time period: 9 weeks during June and July 2015

Explanation of the work:
I worked on two projects during the internship, one regarding creative ways of using IP tools in emerging business areas and one project regarding the role of IP on social media. The two projects were presented both as reports and in front of the IP&S management team. We also got the opportunity to present our projects for the IP&S departments all over the globe with people participating via link.

How did your education thus far prepare you for the tasks you have done?
The education at ICM really helped me in regard to having a practical view upon IP as we faced problems where no judicial solution was applicable. Also the focus on how to present your knowledge had a big influence as our final report had to show two months of work during a 10 minute presentation. In addition, the way of working people from different educational backgrounds really helped us during the social media project as many of the solutions had to be relevant both for the marketing team as well as the legal team.

Isak Unfors

Summer 2016

Company: Aistemos
Location: London, UK
Time period: 11 weeks during June, July and August 2016

Explanation of the work:
With the main thing being to assist the strategy team at Aistemos I have been involved in various tasks, e.g.

  • Preparation material/analysis ahead of customer meetings
  • Creating marketing material like webinars and ‘case studies’
  • Writing blog posts

Moreover I’ve been at several conferences demonstrating the tool and talking to people and joined for customer meetings. In general I’d say that I’ve been very well received and integrated to the team. This has meant that I’ve been part of the many everyday tasks and discussions.

At Aistemos it was all about making decisions with the support of relevant data (presented in an understandable way). Rather than searching for the story in data, I have developed skills in looking at data to find a story. In the business world you would always need to search for the story/strategy or update your story/strategy.

How did your education thus far prepare you for the tasks you have done?
At the very core I have had great use of my understanding of IP – both at a granular and a higher level. In a company like Aistemos providing an IP/patent analytics tool, this has helped me to more quickly contribute to discussions through better understanding of the context. I believe that the education has fairly high requirements on bulletproof arguments when presenting. This mindset has encouraged me to learn what I don’t know, but need to know, to be able to take a part in and contribute to discussions.

Gunilla Karlsson

Summer 2016

Company: Philips
Location: Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Time period: 9 weeks during June, July and August 2016

Explanation of the work:
All interns were assigned an individual project to work with during the summer. My project was initially focusing on the idea that I pitched during the interviews, but was changed during the first week. We all had an individual supervisor who supported during the summer. At the end of internship, the outcomes of the project were presented for the managers and the IP counselors at IP&S.

Philips has in the past few years increased their offerings of services and coaching in relation to products sold on the market. The project was to evaluate the impact on IP moving from product-based to service-based business, applied to a certain project within Philips (which is secret, so unfortunately I can’t tell you more).

How did your education thus far prepare you for the tasks you have done?
All of the tasks within the project were very equivalent with what we have done in the education the previous year. For instance, identifying the IP assets within the project and evaluating data management/monitoring.

Fredrik Johansson

Summer 2016

Company: ROL Group
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Time period: 9 weeks during June, July and August 2016

Explanation of the work:
I worked as an IP/business analyst for ROL Group on a number of both client facing projects and firm development projects. The largest project I worked on was to help ROL Group develop a financial model (estimating the ROI) of joining a defensive patent aggregator (LOT Network) and development of reports and supporting documentation around the model. A couple of the firm development projects that I worked on resulted in articles on IP Watchdog (see following links)

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2016/08/16/operating-companies-sell-their-patents/id=71890/
http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2016/08/04/finding-best-patents-comparative-patent-ranking-systems-citations-still-matter/id=71578/

I learned a lot, especially regarding US patent law and how IP is treated in US tech-companies. 

How did your education thus far prepare you for the tasks you have done?
My engineering background offered me the engineering-type analytical thinking requested by ROL Group, as well as understanding for technology and IT. The ICM education has given me a profound understanding of the patent system and how patents can be utilized in high-tech industries. It also gave me the general understanding of IP needed to understand terms and concepts vital for me to carry out my tasks.

I felt that the education prepared me in the best possible way for the work I did.