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James Skippen

James Skippen, Vice-Chair

Jim Skippen is Vice-Chair & Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Quarterhill. From June 2006 to July 2018, he was President and CEO of WiLAN, a subsidiary of Quarterhill. Under Jim’s leadership, WiLAN assembled a world-class technology licensing team, its portfolio grew from approximately 20 patents to over 10,000 patents, established a stronger balance sheet and increased its market capitalization.

In his career, he has been responsible for license agreements in excess of $1.5 billion. To date, over 290 companies including technology leaders BlackBerry, Broadcom, Fujitsu, Intel, LG, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Panasonic and Samsung have licensed technologies in WiLAN’s patent portfolio.

A seasoned licensing executive and lawyer, Jim has managed several large and complex patent licensing negotiations and litigations. Before joining WiLAN, he worked for two of Canada’s largest law firms and held a number of senior management positions, including Senior Vice-President, Patent Licensing and General Counsel at another Canadian public company.
Jim is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a former Vice-Chairman and board member of a large Canadian health charity. Jim is a frequent speaker at conferences and has delivered numerous papers and articles on topics such as management of intellectual property, patent licensing and technology law.