Michael Zhang

Director, Business Development at Wi-LAN Inc

Michael Zhang is director of business development at Wi-LAN Inc. With over a decade of experience, Mr Zhang is responsible for initiating and negotiating patent acquisitions, patent licences, strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Mr Zhang has identified and led the negotiations on acquisitions of patent portfolios related to AI, consumer electronics, storage, semiconductor, medical technologies and software. Some notable patent portfolios include:

  • a worldwide portfolio of medical device patents from a global orthopaedic hospital;
  • a portfolio related to microscopy from a top research institute;
  • a portfolio related to securing data in storage devices from a technology company on the board of a standards-setting body which promotes hardware-based security for storage devices; and
  • the portfolio licensed to create the company Siri Inc, which was acquired by Apple in 2010.

Over his career, Mr Zhang has successfully negotiated over 40 acquisition and partnership agreements. These portfolios have generated about $30 million in licensing revenue to date, with many licensing activities ongoing.

Before joining Wi-LAN, Mr Zhang was manager of business development at Acacia Research Corporation, where he led patent acquisition and partnership activities in technology areas such as medical devices and consumer electronics. Prior to focusing on business development, Mr Zhang was an engineer at Acacia, responsible for patent mining, technical analysis, infringement research and market valuation.

Mr Zhang has a BS in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

IAM says

Michael Zhang has a “superb feel for the pragmatics of business and deal making”. “He is instinctive at identifying high-value IP assets and executing effective monetisation strategies that benefit all parties.” “He has a sharp intellect, understands today’s IP climate and achieves wonderful results.”


  • Licensing
  • M&A
  • Technology transfer
  • Valuation

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Wi-LAN Inc
600 Anton Boulevard
Suite 1350
Costa Mesa CA 92626
United States

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