Jim Skippen is President and Chief Executive Officer of WiLAN, a position he assumed in June 2006. He is responsible for all operations, including the development and implementation of the company’s strategic and operating plans.
Under Jim’s leadership, WiLAN has assembled a world-class technology licensing team, grown its portfolio from approximately 20 patents to over 4,000 patents, established a stronger balance sheet, and increased its market capitalization from $25 million to over $400 million. In addition, he has led WiLAN’s licensing efforts which have signed patent license agreements worth more than $750 million. To date, over 275 companies including technology leaders Broadcom, Fujitsu, Intel, LG, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM and Samsung have licensed technologies in WiLAN’s patent portfolio.
A seasoned licensing executive and lawyer, Jim has managed several large and complex patent licensing negotiations and litigations. Before joining WiLAN, he worked for two of Canada’s largest law firms and held a number of senior management positions, including Senior Vice-President, Patent Licensing and General Counsel at MOSAID Technologies. While leading the patent licensing program at MOSAID, he closed deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Jim is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a former Vice-Chairman and board member of the Canadian Diabetes Association. Jim is a frequent speaker at conferences and has delivered numerous papers and articles on topics such as management of intellectual property, patent licensing and technology law.