Kasim Alfalahi is the Founder and CEO of Avanci, where he is leading the mission to simplify patent licensing and make technology available for everyone’s benefit. Kasim has dedicated his career to pioneering the way companies license technology rights. An engineer by trade, he’s driven by the philosophy that great ideas happen when all parties contribute to the technology ecosystem.

In his previous role as Chief Intellectual Property Officer for Ericsson, Kasim led the company’s licensing and patent development worldwide – an industry-leading practice he built over 20 years. During this time, he and his team established the concept of patents as marketable business assets, transforming Ericsson from a net-payer to a net-receiver of royalty income. Under his direction, patent licensing became fundamental to Ericsson’s global success – bringing in $1.7 billion in revenue in 2015.

With a career built on collaboration, Kasim is widely known and respected in the licensing space for creatively negotiating agreements that achieve the requirements of everyone involved.

Kasim’s vision for Avanci came about as a result of conversations with technology owners and IoT product manufacturers who asked for a simple way to access patented wireless technology. He’s energized by the enthusiasm for the new marketplace and the opportunity to accelerate connectivity for the hundreds of new products coming online each day.

A true global citizen, Kasim has lived in six countries and speaks four languages. He received his Master of Science degree in Engineering and Management from Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden.