- IP management consultancy
- Technology transfer
Vice President at Acacia Research Corp
Erik Ahroon has over a decade of IP experience and is currently vice president of Acacia Research Group. He is responsible for acquisitions, partnerships, supporting global licensing activities and helping to manage and grow Acacia’s new endeavour into early-stage investments.
Mr Ahroon rejoined Acacia in December 2018 after spending nearly five years at WiLAN, where he was vice president of business development and played a key role in WiLAN’s efforts to diversify its business by acquiring medical, energy, industrial, wireless, consumer goods and electronics and online security technologies. Prior to WiLAN, Mr Ahroon served as vice president at Acacia Research and contributed to major global licensing deals, spearheaded Acacia’s energy programme in Plano, Texas and was responsible for acquisitions of portfolios across various sectors, including semiconductor, Internet, consumer electronics, wireless, automotive and energy (oil and gas) technologies.
Early in his career, Mr Ahroon worked as an engineer, focusing on the design, manufacture and testing of cryogenic pump technologies for the liquefied natural gas industry at Atlas Copco JC Carter Pumps. He also supported the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel storage systems at Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies and worked on advancements in the fitness industry at Star Trac Fitness.
Mr Ahroon has a strong interest and active role in helping inventors, start-ups and companies with late-stage M&A activities by mentoring, advising on IP rights and navigating routes for proper patent protection and patent monetisation. He has helped several companies, including FRAME (acquired by Nutanix), Vantage Robotics LLC, Say Media (acquired by Maven) and Kaazing Corporation.
Mr Ahroon holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an inventor on US patents and is registered to practise before the USPTO.