Vice President at WiLAN Inc
As vice president of business development at WiLAN, Steve Adam is responsible for the business development of various programmes, including the establishment of partnerships with patent owners. Mr Adam has worked in the patent licensing industry for more than 15 years and brings to the role over 20 years’ experience in management, sales, business development, licensing and strategic alliances. Mr Adam was instrumental in bringing more than 9,000 patents into WiLAN subsidiaries.
Before joining WiLAN, 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. Before 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 and patent licensing, and he has published articles in leading IP news sources. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society.