Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Chairman & CEO

Specialisations

Intangible asset and intellectual property strategy, intangible asset valuation, intangible asset finance, out-sourced intellectual property management, intangible asset monetization, technology commercialization, intellectual property licensing, governance, high growth strategy.

Background

Since embarking upon his technology commercialization career in the late 1990s, Paul has worked with some of the world’s leading companies. He is renowned for his world leading expertise on intangible assets. He is a keen advocate for the concept that intangible assets and associated risks are fundamental to a corporate performance.

Paul began his career in the law before moving to Silicon Valley, where he co-founded a start-up and raised venture capital for New Zealand and United States ventures. Upon his return to New Zealand Paul was asked to develop The Icehouse Incubator, the University of Auckland’s technology incubator. The Icehouse incubator has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 technology incubators in the world and was the only incubator selected from outside the United States.

After the Icehouse Paul went on to serve as Intellectual Property Manager for Brunswick New Technologies Inc. As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of GPS technology and consumer electronics devices, Brunswick New Technologies’ revenues exceeded US$500 million. During this time Paul was responsible for a multi–million dollar intellectual property portfolio and budget and managed the intellectual property outputs of more than 500 engineers and scientists.

Paul was appointed by the New Zealand Cabinet to the Advisory Board of Callaghan Innovation. Callaghan Innovation is the New Zealand government’s vehicle to support the commercialization of research and development. Callaghan employs a mix of over 300 scientists, engineers, business leaders and advisors to provide a single front door to New Zealand innovation system. It provides a combination of grant funding, business advice and technical skills and expertise to companies from start-ups to the most experienced R&D performers. It has exposure to a large portion of all deal flow originating from New Zealand.

Paul sits on the advisory board of the McDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. The MacDiarmid Institute is a national network of leading New Zealand scientists. The research undertaken by institute investigators includes but is not restricted to generating new knowledge in electronic and photovoltaic materials with tailored performance, nanoporous materials for energy- and environment-related applications, functional nanomaterials inspired by biology, or manufactured using biology, for advanced applications in energy, medicine and sensing, and new nano-tools for cellular studies.

Paul is a past Director of Lewis Holdings Ltd – a NZ$350M investment vehicle, with approximately one third of its capital allocated to high growth technology investment. Lewis Holdings is the second largest investor in private technology companies in New Zealand and through its syndication with other major venture capital investors sees a substantial majority of all high growth start up deal flow in New Zealand.
Paul has been a member of the IAM300 (Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual listing of the top 300 individuals identified as being among the world’s top intellectual property strategists for the last seven years consecutively. He was a recipient of the Global IP Leader Award in Shanghai in 2012.

He is a sough after speaker at intellectual property, technology commercialization and high growth company conferences and events internationally, having spoken at events throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He is frequently asked to present to and advise senior management teams and Boards from Fortune 1000 companies.

Experience

  • Founded one of the world’s top ten technology incubators – the only one on this list outside of the US
  • Managed the intangible asset outputs for 500 engineers and scientists
  • Brokered the sale of single US patent for 8-figure sum
  • Appointed to the board of the national network of commercialization centers to reset NZ’s approach to commercialization

Professional

  • LLB with Honors (Software Licensing Law) – University of Auckland
  • BA (Economics and History) – University of Auckland
  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of NZ
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

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