Erik Ahroon

Vice President at Acacia Research Corp

Erik Ahroon is currently vice president of Acacia Research Group. He is responsible for acquisitions, partnerships, supporting global licensing activities and overall corporate development. Since rejoining Acacia again in early 2019, Mr Ahroon has led and closed major acquisitions on portfolios originating from Orange SA, Siemens, Siemens Healthcare, Samsung, Panasonic Automotive, Fusion-io and L3Harris.

Mr Ahroon rejoined Acacia 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.

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 continues to take an active role in helping inventors, start-ups and M&A activities by mentoring, advising on IP rights and navigating routes for proper patent protection and patent monetisation. He has helped numerous companies, including Fra.me (acquired by Nutanix), Say Media (acquired by The Maven), Vantage Robotics LLC, Tenefit (previously Kaazing Corporation) and Foreknow, and currently advises SQN Venture Partners on IP matters.

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.

IAM says

One of the world’s foremost patent monetisation experts, Erik Ahroon has unique and highly advanced insights on the strategic positioning and leverage of intellectual property for corporate benefit. His knowledge, creativity, planning skills and leadership never fail to impress.

Professional associations

  • ASME
  • LES
  • OCTANE
  • USPTO
  • IAM

Sectors

  • Finance
  • IP management consultancy
  • Legal
  • Licensing
  • M&A
  • Technology transfer
  • Valuation

Firm details

Acacia Research Corp
4 Park Plaza
Suite 550
Irvine CA 92614
United States

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