UU Innovation grows stronger with new IP advisor

2020-03-12

As IP advisor Thorunn Grenmark uses knowledge and experience gained from working with strategic and practical issues in the field of intellectual property rights in different industries to advise researchers and students at Uppsala University. Photo: Mikael Wallerstedt.

She thrives in entrepreneurial environments and wants to help make the important, but sometimes tricky, intellectual property rights easier. Since early March, Thorunn Grenmark has been serving as a new advisor at UU Innovation, bringing with her almost 30 years of experience in the field of intellectual property rights.

Intellectual property rights may seem tricky, but they are important when it comes time to commercialise research results and when researchers collaborate with external organisations.

Thorunn Grenmark has now joined UU Innovation’s team of IP advisors, who work to support researchers in issues related to the ownership of ideas and results. She will split her time between UU Innovation and KTH Innovation, thus supporting researchers at both Uppsala University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Thorunn has substantial experience in strategic and practical work in the field of intellectual property rights from different industries. She feels most at home in an environment where technology meets law and business strategy. 

“I have a burning interest in technological innovation coupled with legal issues and strategic challenges. The goal is to find creative approaches that add value to the development and minimise legal risks within the field of intellectual property,” explains Thorunn.

Her great interest in technology developed during childhood and led her to KTH, where she earned a Master of Science in Vehicle Engineering in the early 1990s. After graduation, she made her way to the Swedish Patent and Registration Office, PRV, where her interest in technology could thrive and an interest in the law began to bloom.

“During my years at PRV, I realised how much fun law could be! Since then, I have stuck to the combination of law and technology, which means that I can now tackle a broad spectrum of tasks and issues related to intellectual property rights,” says Thorunn.

She has been working in entrepreneurial environments for many years and enjoys it. She describes it as an environment that is characterised by strong drivers and where specialist expertise is given a lot of room to act. Something that requires understanding and respect for different perspectives.

“Being able to contribute my expertise to helping convert other people's deep knowledge into something useful and commercially viable is unbeatable,” states Thorunn.

Thorunn recently served as IPR Manager at a software company in the financial sector that was acquired by Nasdaq in the spring of 2019. There, she worked closely with research and development, various marketing departments, management teams and external parties to drive and participate in projects in patent matters and law compliance. However, her technical breadth goes far beyond clearing and trading systems. During her career, she has worked with innovations in optical eye lenses, radio technology, and automated and manual control systems. Just to name a few areas.

Her great interest in intellectual property rights even spills over into her leisure time. Thorunn is active in three intellectual property associations, which not only gives her the opportunity to stay up-to-date on current issues and legislative changes, but also gives her a large network within the industry.

In her spare time, Thorunn enjoys long-distance running. She currently has her sights set on running her third marathon.

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