Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN Inc.

May 03, 2007 16:43 ET

Wi-LAN Strengthens Management Team

New hires add wealth of IP licensing and other experience

OTTAWA, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) ("Wi-LAN") today announced it has added four new senior members to its team: Andrew Parolin, Curtis Dodd, Vipin Aggarwal and Bob Kedrosky.

Andrew Parolin joins Wi-LAN as VP, Business Development and will be responsible for overseeing Wi-LAN's patent acquisition program. He joins Wi-LAN from SiGe Semiconductor where he served as Director of Wireless Data Products. He is an experienced business manager with an electrical engineering degree and a track record of driving complex deals to successful completion. He has significant technical expertise in a number of Wi-LAN's current technologies, including Wi-Fi, WiMAX and CDMA.

Curtis Dodd joins Wi-LAN as Director, Patents and Counsel. Curtis will be heavily involved in many of Wi-LAN's key business activities including patent licensing discussions, the analysis of potential patent acquisitions, litigation management and the prosecutions of Wi-LAN's patent portfolio. Curtis has considerable experience in Wi-Fi and WiMAX technologies. He comes to Wi-LAN from Nortel Networks, where he was Intellectual Property Counsel and was heavily involved in wireless technology patent licensing. A patent attorney, engineer and registered patent agent, he has authored several papers on U.S. and Canadian patent laws.

Vipin Aggarwal joins Wi-LAN as Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property. Vipin will also be helping to drive several of Wi-LAN's key business activities including patent analysis, the development of Wi-LAN's patent portfolio, patent licensing, litigation management and patent acquisition. He brings over fifteen years experience in intellectual property matters, including experience with Semiconductor Insights. Recently, Vipin served as Legal Counsel, Intellectual Property at SMART Technologies.

Bob Kedrosky joins Wi-LAN as Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services. Bob will assume overall responsibility for most corporate services functions at Wi-LAN including human resources, information technology, facilities and infrastructure, allowing other executives to focus more exclusively on licensing. He comes to Wi-LAN from Bell Security Solutions, where he was Senior HR Director.

"We are thrilled to be adding these talented and proven individuals to the Wi-LAN team," said Jim Skippen, President & CEO. "We have a significant number of licensing and acquisition opportunities we need to address. The investment in these additional experienced people will help us more aggressively pursue the large number of licensing and other discussions we are engaged in. I am also pleased to confirm that even with these staff additions, we remain a very lean team, with less than twenty employees."

About Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN, founded in 1992, licenses intellectual property that drives a full range of products providing access in wireless and wireline telecommunications markets. Some of the fundamental technologies covered by Wi-LAN's patents include: CDMA, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and DSL. Wi-LAN has already licensed its intellectual property to a number of major companies, including Cisco, Fujitsu and Nokia.

Forward-looking Information

Certain statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, may include forward-looking information that involves various risks and uncertainties. These may include, without limitation, statements based on current expectations involving a number of risks and uncertainties related to all aspects of the wireless and wireline communications industry and the global economy. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not restricted to: the almost exclusive reliance of the Company on licensing its patent portfolio to generate revenues and cash flows; that the Company may be required to establish the enforceability of its patents in court to obtain material licensing revenues; that the Company will need to acquire or develop new patents to continue to grow its business; that the Company requires investment to translate its intellectual property position into sustainable profit in the market; that the Company is dependent on the performance of its key officers and employees; that changes in patent legislation or in the interpretation or application of patent litigation could materially adversely affect the Company; and that the Company has and may make acquisitions of products, technologies or businesses which could materially adversely affect the Company. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ from information contained herein, when estimates and assumptions have been used to measure and report results. There can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change.

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