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From: nicmar12/21/2011 6:29:53 PM
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WiLAN CEO Jim Skippen Named 2011 Canadian Technology Stock Executive of the Year Skippen chosen by panel of technology analysts and online people's choice vote

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire -12/21/11)- Wi-LAN Inc. ("WiLAN" or the "Company")(TSX: WIN.TO - News)(NASDAQ: WILN - News) today announced that Jim Skippen, Chairman & CEO was named Canadian Tech Stock Executive of the Year in the second annual Cantech Letter Awards.

The award winner is determined with input from a panel of technology analysts and an online people's choice vote. Mr. Skippen was the top choice with both the panel of technology analysts and online voters.

"WiLAN's Board of Directors wants to congratulate Jim on winning this prestigious award," said Rick Shorkey, Lead Independent Director. "Jim has grown revenues and profits significantly over his past five years with the company. He has transformed the company from a small financially-challenged microcap into one of Canada's ten most valuable public technology companies. WiLAN has achieved remarkable operational and financial success over the past five years under Jim's leadership and we are happy to see his accomplishments and commitment recognized."

About WiLAN

WiLAN, founded in 1992, is a leading technology innovation and licensing company. WiLAN has licensed its intellectual property to over 255 companies worldwide. Inventions in our portfolio have been licensed by companies that manufacture or sell a wide range of communication and consumer electronics products including 3G and 4G handsets, Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, Wi-Fi and broadband routers, xDSL infrastructure equipment, cellular base stations and digital television receivers. WiLAN has a large and growing portfolio of more than 3000 issued or pending patents. For more information: www.wilan.com.

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From: nicmar12/21/2011 6:35:10 PM
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(compliments xanada on another thread) A panel of five judges; Tom Liston, Director of Research for Versant Partners, Barry Richards, Managing Director of Research for Paradigm Capital, Tom Astle, Managing Director, Research Technology for Byron Capital, Byron Berry, Equity Research Strategist Byron Capital, Ron Shuttleworth, Technology Analyst, M Partners and the readers of Cantech Letter have chosen Jim Skippen, CEO of Wi-LAN, as Cantech Letter’s 2011 Canadian Tech Stock Executive of the Year.

MOSAID DRAMA WON’T DEFINE JIM SKIPPEN, WI-LAN
Thoughts on Cantech Letter’s 2011 Tech Stock Exec of the Year

by NICK WADDELL, FOUNDING EDITOR, CANTECH LETTER

It wasn’t exactly Shakespearean, but it was close.

In early 2006, Jim Skippen was employed by MOSAID, an Ottawa company that had been around since the 70's and built its reputation in semiconductor technology. Skippen, a lawyer with a strong background in intellectual property, patent licensing and technology law, was MOSAID’s Senior VP Patent Licensing and General Counsel.

As Postmedia News’ James Bagnall wrote, after he was rebuffed on his recommendation that MOSAID should focus solely on its patents, the ultra-competitive Skippen decided it was time to jump ship. A few years later Wi-LAN, which had next to no revenue, would become the largest technology company in Ottawa, by market capitalization. MOSAID, soon after, became a pure patent play.

Was there acrimony underlying Wi-LAN’s move to acquire MOSAID? That Skippen has pointed out his division is the only one left standing at MOSAID means there probably was. Were emotions clouding Skippen’s judgment? The immediate besting of his offer by Sterling Partners, a multi-billion private equity firm whose very survival depends upon correctly assessing the value of middle-market companies, means there almost certainly was not.

For MOSAID, the story ends here. On Monday, December 19th their board approved the $590-million Sterling buyout.

For Wi-LAN, the story seems to be just beginning. The company’s revenue climbed from just over $2 million in fiscal 2006 to nearly $50 million in 2010. Skippen, however, didn’t appear satisfied with breaking that rare benchmark. Wi-LAN’s revenue for the first three quarters of 2011 is nearly $82 million.

The Wi-LAN-MOSAID saga presented a caricature of Jim Skippen as a business pugilist. A brawler. An aggressor. But this is only part of the truth. At the M Partners Annual Technology & Communications Investor Conference on September 20th at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, attendees were met with a nuanced and thoughtful Skippen, who showed he can play the diplomacy game. He answered questions about MOSAID with grace and reserve. What, in fact, he seemed most excited about was Gladios IP, a new division of Wi-LAN that actually works with smaller tech companies, such as Calgary’s Poynt and Mississauga’s 01 Communique, to license their patent portfolios.

In an ironic twist, Jim Skippen was probably the best thing that ever happened to shareholders of MOSAID. Wi-LAN’s bid being topped by Sterling Partners, however, meant Canadian tech investors lost another promising company at a critical stage. But as we enter 2012 with just one pure patent play in Ottawa instead of two, there is some comfort in the fact that, through Gladios IP, Jim Skippen and Wi-LAN could, in a small way, help keep innovative Canadian companies like Poynt and 01 Communique here for good.

The next chapters of the Jim Skippen and Wi-LAN story are the first in the post-MOSAID era. But with what Skippen has accomplished since 2006, it seems unlikely that this time next year we’ll be able to wedge in much time to talk about the entertaining rivalry we saw in 2011.

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From: nicmar12/21/2011 10:27:29 PM
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Well, we're not getting any dramatic action, but at least some positive small price increases and not so far away from the $6 mark so If the incline keeps trending, maybe we'll be at 7 bucks before the end of the next quarter. Hopefully good news on the horizon. ... such as if IDCC gets any cheaper, Skippy can put in a bid for IDCC's LTE as no one else must think it's worth too much. mo. .. nic

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From: nicmar12/22/2011 11:57:32 PM
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Jim Skippen, CEO of Ottawa's Wi-LAN, is Cantech Letter's 2011 Canadian Tech Stock Executive of the Year.


We have a winner.

A panel of five judges; Tom Liston, Director of Research for Versant Partners, Barry Richards, Managing Director of Research for Paradigm Capital, Tom Astle, Managing Director, Research Technology for Byron Capital, Byron Berry, Equity Research Strategist Byron Capital, Ron Shuttleworth, Technology Analyst, M Partners and the readers of Cantech Letter have chosen Jim Skippen, CEO of Wi-LAN, as Cantech Letter’s 2011 Canadian Tech Stock Executive of the Year.

MOSAID DRAMA WON’T DEFINE JIM SKIPPEN, WI-LAN
Thoughts on Cantech Letter’s 2011 Tech Stock Exec of the Year

by NICK WADDELL, FOUNDING EDITOR, CANTECH LETTER

It wasn’t exactly Shakespearean, but it was close.

In early 2006, Jim Skippen was employed by MOSAID, an Ottawa company that had been around since the 70's and built its reputation in semiconductor technology. Skippen, a lawyer with a strong background in intellectual property, patent licensing and technology law, was MOSAID’s Senior VP Patent Licensing and General Counsel.

As Postmedia News’ James Bagnall wrote, after he was rebuffed on his recommendation that MOSAID should focus solely on its patents, the ultra-competitive Skippen decided it was time to jump ship. A few years later Wi-LAN, which had next to no revenue, would become the largest technology company in Ottawa, by market capitalization. MOSAID, soon after, became a pure patent play.

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From: nicmar12/23/2011 1:44:44 PM
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New Patent

20110312340 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LOCATION POSITIONING WITHIN RADIO ACCESS SYSTEMS - A method for calculating the geographical position of a user equipment (UE) unit includes collecting position parameters conveying the relative position of the UE unit from two or more base stations using technologies mandated for the modern wireless networks. Particularly, know (predetermined) signals embedded in the downlink and uplink subframes, such as preambles, pilots, ranging codes are used for determining the coordinates of the UE unit. In addition, the methods and systems proposed here take advantage of the multiple antennas systems mandated at both the UE and BTS. 12-22-2011

http://www.faqs.org/patents/assignee/wi-lan-inc/

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From: nicmar12/23/2011 4:08:56 PM
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Well, up another dime today. Steady as she goes. Soon be going over $6. My thoughts is this one is cheap with a low PE of 17. mo.. nic

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To: nicmar who wrote (16051)12/27/2011 9:45:00 AM
From: Mark Bartlett
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nicmar,

I rely on both technicals and fundamentals. WIN is about 2/3rds through forming what could possibly be a rounded bottom or a tea cup. If this plays out (still in the process), then I think we are headed for about 8-9 bucks in short order ... say 4-8 weeks. Undoubtedly, i.e., no doubt whatsoever in my mind, the stock is moving from weak to stronger hands. All this is assuming the formation completes itself as I hope it does. These do not always play out, but I'd say more often do than do not.

Anyway -- something else to watch. The formation started about Nov 8-9 and I anticipate it will finish about Jan 12-17 -- somewhere in that time frame. I'll keep the board posted as to how this is playing out and if it breaks down.

Cheers,

- M

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To: Mark Bartlett who wrote (16052)12/27/2011 12:47:07 PM
From: nicmar
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Hey thanks Mark. Looking forward to any updates you can provide as to where wiln may be going short or long term. I'm thinking technicals are quite important right now as a predictor of wiln's short term S/P. I am however, not versed in ta so welcome any input about this regarding wiln. .. nic

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From: Dexter Lives On1/2/2012 11:35:01 AM
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Interesting implications and possibilities, if one considers the Fujitsu OFDM license and close working relationship:

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From: cabbiejbj1/4/2012 9:52:10 AM
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01 Communique and Partner WiLAN Commence Patent Litigation Wednesday, January 04, 2012


TORONTO, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - 01 Communique Laboratory Inc. (TSX:ONE) today announced that the Company together with its partner WiLAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) (NASD:WILN), has commenced litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Bomgar Corporation ("Bomgar").

As per the terms of the previously announced agreement between WiLAN and 01 Communique, WiLAN subsidiary, Gladios IP will assist 01 Communique in its lawsuit against Bomgar for patent infringement of its remote access technology, specifically 01 Communique's U.S. Patent No. 6,928,479 ("the 479 patent").

"Working together with 01 Communique to launch this patent litigation is an important step in enforcing their rights," said Jim Skippen, Chairman & CEO, WiLAN. "We are confident this joint program will deliver the revenue potential that these important patents deserve."

"We are very pleased to be working in partnership with WiLAN and Gladios to realize the revenue we believe can be generated from our technology," said Andrew Cheung, President & CEO, 01 Communique. "We are encouraged with the progress to date and view this litigation as an important milestone in our IP enforcement and licensing program with WiLAN."

01 Communique is represented in this action by Carlson, Caspers, Vandenburgh & Lindquist (CCVL), a Minneapolis-based law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation.

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