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Wi-LAN adds four new executives

People | 10/15/2007 1:20 pm EDT

Derek Nuhn joins Wi-LAN as VP of DSL technologies, responsible for commercialization of the company's DSL patent portfolio. He most recently served as senior VP and COO at Semiconductor Insights, where he was in charge of the consulting business units.
Prashant Watchmaker will become assistant general counsel and corporate secretary, where he will oversee Wi-LAN's corporate legal needs. Watchmaker joins Wi-LAN from the Canadian Payments Association, where he served as legal counsel. Previously, he worked 10 years at LaBarge Weinstein, an Ottawa-based law firm.
Robert Wu joins Wi-LAN as director of research and technology development. Wu will lead a small internal research and development team with a focus on wireless technologies and patents, but will also assist in the technical analysis of patented technologies for Wi-LAN. Wu has more than 20 years experience working in wireless technologies and intellectual property, including senior positions with Nortel, TenXC Wireless and Soma Networks.
Pia Diaconescu comes to Wi-LAN as senior patent manager from Alcatel-Lucent where she held the same position. She will bolster the company's existing team of patent professionals, assisting in the prosecution of Wi-LAN's patent portfolio and the preparation of infringement analyses. Diaconescu also has considerable experience as an electrical engineer in product design and development, testing, integrated circuit design and preparation of product documentation for automated systems and personal computers.

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