- IP management consultancy
- Technology transfer
Vice President of Business Development at WiLAN Inc
Erik Ahroon serves as vice president of business development at WiLAN and is responsible for patent acquisitions, patent partnerships and supporting global licensing activities. He has 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.
Mr Ahroon has worked in the IP industry for over a decade, including at Acacia Research Corporation, where he served as vice president 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.
Before Acacia, 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; supporting the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel storage systems at Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies; and working 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.
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 US Patent and Trademark Office.