Erik Ahroon is currently vice president of business development and licensing at Acacia Research Group. He is responsible for acquisitions, partnerships, global licensing activities and overall corporate development. Since rejoining Acacia again in early 2019, Mr Ahroon and the team have closed major acquisitions on portfolios originating from Orange SA, Siemens, Siemens Healthcare, Samsung, Panasonic Automotive, Fusion-io, L3Harris and Newracom, one of the largest global portfolios of 802.11ax SEPs.
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 currently advises SQN Venture Partners on all 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 several US patents and is registered to practise before the USPTO.