Kasim Alfalahi - Avanci
Kasim Alfalahi is the founder and chief executive officer of Avanci, where he is leading the mission to simplify patent licensing and create solutions that make technology more widely available. Mr Alfalahi has dedicated his career to revolutionising the way that companies license the rights to essential technologies. He believes that companies must break down walls to find common ground and establish trust. Over his career, Mr Alfalahi has built a reputation for creatively negotiating agreements that achieve the requirements of everyone involved.
As Ericsson’s chief IP officer, Mr Alfalahi led its licensing and patent development worldwide. He built a team that established the concept of patents as marketable business assets, transforming Ericsson from a net-payer to a net-receiver of royalty income. Under his direction, patent licensing became fundamental to Ericsson’s global success – bringing in $1.7 billion in revenue in 2015.
Mr Alfalahi’s vision for Avanci came about as a result of conversations with technology owners and Internet of Things product manufacturers who asked for a simple way to access patented wireless technology. He is energised by enthusiasm for the new marketplace and the opportunity to accelerate connectivity for the hundreds of new products coming online each day.
A true global citizen, Mr Alfalahi has lived in six countries and speaks four languages. He received his MSc degree in engineering and management from Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden.
- IP management consultancy
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