American patent lawyer Rob Scott is joining Wi-Lan Inc. as the company’s first vice-president of patent administration, the company announced Monday. A registered U.S. patent attorney with more than 15 years’ experience in international patent law and practical engineering, Scott has managed the patent group activities and large patent portfolios out of the Singapore office of international firm ATMD Bird & Bird LLP. His new responsibilities at Wi-Lan will include managing the team that oversees preparation and prosecution activities pertaining to the company’s international patent portfolio and its research and development operations, the company said in a release. He will also be tasked with supporting the company’s licensing and litigation activities and will advise the company on matters of due diligence pertaining to patent acquisitions, the company said. "Rob brings valuable leadership and experience that will help WiLAN manage and grow its patent portfolio and expand our patent management, licensing and litigation management capabilities,” Wi-Lan chairman and CEO, Jim Skippen, said in a statement. The appointment comes less than a month after Wi-Lan announced that it had hired Daniel J. Henry from ICAP Patent Brokerage to serve as the company’s new vice-president of business development. Wi-Lan has also launched a hostile takeover bid for rival Mosaid Technologies Inc.