Jim Skippen is President and Chief Executive Officer of WiLAN, a position he assumed in June 2006, and a member of WiLAN’s Board of Directors. 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 his career, he has been responsible for license agreements in excess of $1.5 billion. To date, over 290 companies including technology leaders Broadcom, Fujitsu, Intel, LG, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Panasonic, BlackBerry 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 2 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.
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.