Steve Adam

Vice President at Wi-LAN Inc

Steve Adam is head of the business development team at Wi-LAN Inc, whose responsibilities include patent acquisitions, assessments of relevant markets, identification of new business opportunities and the establishment of partnerships with patent owners. Mr Adam has worked in the patent licensing industry for more than 18 years and brings to the role over 25 years’ experience in management, sales, business development, licensing and strategic alliances. Mr Adam was instrumental in bringing more than 10,000 patents into Wi-LAN subsidiaries and is currently tasked with implementing corporate business development strategies that align with Wi-LAN’s overall goals.

Before joining Wi-LAN, Mr Adam worked at Pachira IP, a patent licensing company where he had global responsibility for Pachira’s business development efforts. Before Pachira, he spent seven years at Chipworks, a globally recognised patent-related technical services firm, most recently as vice president, patent intelligence. At Chipworks, he was responsible for the overall operation of the patent business unit, including sales, marketing, programme management and engineering. Prior to Chipworks, Mr Adam was director of strategic alliances for Corel Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for licensing WordPerfect and other software to PC manufacturers.

Mr Adam has spoken at several conferences on the issues of patent quality, patent acquisitions and patent licensing, and he has published articles in leading IP news sources. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society.

IAM says

Steve Adam is a “highly experienced business development executive in the IP industry”. “He has a deep understanding of commercial strategy and a unique ability to find underused but valuable patent portfolios and craft deals to the benefit of all parties.”


  • Licensing

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