Jim Skippen is President and Chief Executive Officer of WiLAN. He is responsible for all operations, including the development and implementation of the company’s strategic and operating plans. Since assuming this position in June 2006, Jim has assembled a world-class technology licensing team and strengthened WiLAN’s balance sheet from less than one million dollars in cash on hand to approximately $190 million. Since he joined WiLAN, its market capitalization has increased from $25 million to more than $700 million, placing it among the top 10% of the fastest growing companies in North America. In addition, he has led WiLAN’s licensing efforts, which have generated record revenues and patent licensing agreements with more than 250 companies, including agreements with technology leaders Broadcom, Fujitsu, Intel, LG, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM and Samsung. In December 2011, Jim was named Canadian Tech Stock Executive of the Year in the second annual Cantech Letter Awards.
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 VP 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 on the boards of the Ottawa Art Gallery and Elmwood School, and is a member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. He is a former Vice-Chairman and board member of the Canadian Diabetes Association. He 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. Jim is also a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.