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!