- California State Bar
- Technology transfer
Senior Vice President at WiLAN Inc
Marc Frechette, senior vice president and senior counsel at WiLAN, is responsible for patent licensing and business development for various technologies, as well as providing legal counsel. He has played a leading role in WiLAN’s efforts to diversify its business, successfully negotiating licensing partnerships in a variety of new markets, including the automotive, medical and semiconductor markets. His business unit has negotiated licence agreements with global corporations, including Brother, Covidien, Koninklijke Philips, Mastercard, RPX, Stryker, Texas Instruments and Yamaha. These agreements have collectively returned millions of dollars to the independent inventors and small companies that originally developed the licensed technologies.
Before joining WiLAN, Mr Frechette served as senior vice president at Acacia Research Corporation, where he led licensing activities in many technology areas and managed patent portfolios. Before Acacia, he worked as a patent attorney with Crockett & Crockett and as an in-house attorney with Discovision Associates, a patent licensing division of Pioneer Electronics. Before becoming an attorney, he was employed as an engineer with Boeing, Ducommun and Conexant Systems.
Mr Frechette has a BS in manufacturing engineering from Boston University, a JD from Whittier Law School and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr Frechette is registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the California State Bar.