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Expert in LEDs, Lasers, Optoelectronics, Photonics, Optics, Semiconductors, Electronics, Fiber Optics, Components, and IC's

Expert ID: 731822 California, USA

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Expert has over 450 issued utility patents in Optoelectronics, photonics, optics, semiconductors, electronics, fiber optics, optical components, optical packaging and optoelectronic devices such as PICs, silicon photonics, LEDs photodetectors, laser diodes, VCSELs, and associated technological

Expert has over 30 years' industrial R&D, manufacturing, design, and technical laboratory/clean room experience. Worked on 24+ legal IP cases including both district court and ITC, with ~15 depositions, ~300 expert reports, 5 trials, with the expert reports on claim construction, infringement, and invalidity.

Expert has played an instrumental role in intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial projects -- both inside corporate industry and venture backed start-ups. He was spokesperson for the optoelectronics industry (OIDA) and brought together many industries to promote optoelectronics, photonics and innovative new
technological programs.

Expert has been a technical consultant for Translucent (optoelectronics, semiconductors, electronics, fabrication, epitaxial growth) Expert has been a technical consultant for General Dynamics (displays, LCD, optoelectronics, photonics devices, packaging and systems) Expert has been a technical consultant for Opticomp (VCSELs, devices, growth, and fabrication) Expert has been an expert witness consultant for Finisar (fiber communications, VCSELs and optoelectronics), Samsung, (Bluray, DVD, CD optical storage technology), Samsung and LG (LEDs, LED packaging, LED materials, LED lighting), and other companies with IP patent lawsuits. Expert has represented Sumitomo, Mellanox, BMW, Boston University, Hyundai, Honeywell, Arizona State University, University of Southern California, LG, BMW, Hyundai, Toshiba, Philips, Ambature, Lightwave Logic among others.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Salinas, California - Santa Rosa, California - Hayward, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2004 Degree: D.Eng (2nd Doctorate) Subject: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Optoelectronics, Photonics, Semiconductors Institution: University of Bradford, UK
Year: 1987 Degree: PhD Subject: Compound Semiconductors, Optoelectronics, and Photonics Institution: University of Bradford, UK
Year: 1985 Degree: MBA Subject: Focus on Small Business Planning Institution: University of Bradford, UK
Year: 1984 Degree: B.Eng (Hons) Subject: Electronic Engineering Institution: University of Bradford, UK

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: CEO Department: Responsibilities: Expert has overall technical and corporate leadership for photonic integrated circuits (PICs), optoelectronics, semiconductors, fabrication, module packaging and assembly, device and module manufacturing, development, photonic product operations, photonic product marketing, sales, and other photonic devices, modules and systems for both client side optical networks and line side optical networks.
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Full professor (part time) Department: Responsibilities: Expert has full professor level (with part time duties) and has responsibility for optoelectronics, photonics, and active optoelectronic communications device programs at the University.
Years: 2010 to 2013 Employer: Translucent Title: GM and CTO Department: Responsibilities: Expert positioned Translucent on the product development and manufacture of epitaxial semiconductor wafers. Expert led the R&D and development of MBE based rare earth oxide single crystal epitaxial layers deposited onto large silicon wafers. On top of these wafers both MBE and MOCVD Gallium Nitride epitaxial device layers were grown for devices. The use of GaN-on-Si is expected to be a strong catalyst for change in the power electronics and LED lighting industries. In a parallel program at Translucent, Expert led the development efforts to develop and productize Germanium-Tin (GeSn) template wafers onto large format silicon wafers (Ge-on-Si) to enable cost effective, and ultra-high efficiency CPV multi-junction solar cells for the CPV industry. Furthermore, the challenge of successfully preparing III-V on silicon templates via GeSn has huge upside in the electronics and silicon photonics industry.

Expert brought together a world class technology team, and has established international relationships with customers, collaborators, researchers in Asia, Europe, and North America. Expert has also positioned Translucent as a world-class epitaxial company that is poised with advanced technological platforms that have the potential for high impact in the target markets (power electronics, LED lighting, CPV solar, and III-V on silicon high speed electronics).
Years: 2005 to 2010 Employer: OIDA Title: CEO Department: Responsibilities: OIDA (non-profit industry trade association for optoelectronics/photonics) was acquired by OSA early 2010. Expert represented the optoelectronics industry and organized technical conferences/workshops/forecasts with industry roadmaps. Initiated green photonics metrics.

Expert positioned OIDA as a National resource in the field of optoelectronics, and has represented industry in many capacities ranging from talks, papers, expert witness, testimony, market and technical reports. Expert created new industry based initiatives in fiber optics broadband as well as the green photonics movement that is now occurring globally.
Under Expert's leadership, OIDA’s membership increased to include many major manufacturers of optoelectronics components, modules and systems. In his last year as CEO, Expert worked with the FCC to drive higher Internet speeds for consumers with the use of fiber optics. Expert positioned OIDA to assist the optoelectronics industry in their recovery, and also to help both US State and Federal governments in their drive to increase skilled optoelectronic jobs, R&D, and manufacturing. The annual OIDA market technology report has become one of the most extensive reviews available for OIDA members that forecasts optoelectronics technologies for the next decade.
Expert's activities at OIDA have raised the profile of 'green photonics' from both a technology and a marketing standpoint. After reviewing the photonics technology forecasts over the next decade, it became clear to OIDA in 2006 that green photonics would be poised to for significant growth globally. With a green photonics workshop (Sept 2008), and a full peer-reviewed technical conference with over 100 papers (May 2009), and a new conference (June 2010) Expert helped the segment to become better defined. Expert has stated in public conferences and meetings with numerous plenary and keynote talks that photonics will quickly grow to be a strong enabler for energy efficient systems in the future.
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: Oclaro (Bookham) Title: VP Technology and BD Department: Responsibilities: Telecommunication optoelectronic components, San Jose, Ca. Focus on technology strategy for components and sub-systems. Expert fully integrated Ignis Optics Inc into the central Bookham operations, sales, and development systems. Expert conducted due diligence and fiscal/technical analysis on a number of strategic targets for acquisition and merger. Expert generated an outsourced fabrication strategy with streamlined product lines for Bookham's drive to be a one-stop-shop in the fibre-optic telecommunications component and sub-system business.
Years: 2001 to 2003 Employer: Ignis Optics Title: CEO Department: Responsibilities: Venture-backed start-up, San Jose, California manufacturing 10Gbps fiber optic transceivers. In 2001, expert founded a new fiber optics company, Ignis Optics, where he served as the CEO. Expert led the company to secure a multinational customer base through its development of 10Gbps transceiver products. Ignis Optics was acquired by Bookham Technology (now Oclaro) in October 2003 and Expert became responsible for corporate and technical strategy at Bookham Technology until 2005. Key investors for Ignis Optics were Morgenthaler, Interwest, Storm Ventures, Centerpoint.
Years: 1999 to 2001 Employer: Intel Title: Director BD/Investor Department: Intel Capital Responsibilities: Intel Capital, Santa Clara, California. In 1999, expert joined Intel as a corporate investor and was responsible for sourcing, negotiating, and closing private placement equity deals in the optical networking, component, and semiconductor arenas. Expert served as Intel’s board observer on a number of photonics based start-ups. Expert was one of the co-founders of Intel's silicon photonics division in the year 2000.
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: CEO/CTO Department: Responsibilities: Consulting company f witness work. 24 IP/patent projects so far. Average run rate of 4-6 IP/patent projects per year.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2013 to Present Country / Region: UK Summary: Expert is a full Professor (part-time) for Glyndwr University, Wales, UK for optoelectronics, photonics, and active optoelectronics technology.
Years: 1977 to 1985 Country / Region: UK Summary: Expert was a full time telecommunications apprentice, and engineer with Ministry of Defense, British Government, UK (Dept REME). R&D work at RSRE Malvern from 1983-1985 on InP semiconductors; characterization, testing and evaluation.
Years: 1990 to Present Country / Region: Asia Summary: Many business trips to Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan, S. Korea, Singapore) for technical business deals, talks, R&D, development, manufacturing and other industrial jobs.
Years: 1990 to Present Country / Region: Europe Summary: Many business trips to Europe (UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway) for technical business deals, talks, R&D, development, manufacturing and other industrial jobs.
Years: 1998 to Present Country / Region: Australia Summary: Many business trips to Europe for technical business deals, talks, R&D, development, manufacturing and other industrial jobs.
Years: 2013 to Present Country / Region: Europe Summary: Expert at Euroepean Commision for photonics

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow IEEE
Fellow OSA
Member SPIE, IEE
Licenses / Certifications
C.Eng (UK) - Chartered Engineer
Professional Appointments
Board Member OneChip Photonics
Full Professor (part-time) Glyndwr University, Wales, UK
Expert Eureopean Commission - Photonics
Board Member Lightwave Logic, USA (OTC: LWLG)
Awards / Recognition
2nd Doctorate (D.Eng) University of Bradford, UK
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has over 450 utility patents world-wide, of which over 200 are with USPTO. Expert has over 50 publications, including books, book chapters, and reports and is internationally recognized.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Over 24 legal cases (both district and ITC) as an expert witness. Total depositions to date >10, and trials 3 (including 2 ITC and 1 Jury). Preparation for 5th trial but settled week before. 1 deposition/trial on Capitol Hill representing Optoelectronics Industry. With over 450 prosecuted patents as author or co-author, of which over 200 are utility patents with the USPTO, expert has extensive opto IP skills from a technological standpoint. Expert is an experienced expert witness for a wide portfolio of technological subjects that include a variety of optoelectronic/optic and electronic materials, low cost plastic LED and laser diode packaging, compound semiconductor epitaxy, electronic components, systems, integrated circuits, optical lenses, optical components, and optical networks.

Love to work on ITC IP cases as an expert witness.
Training / Seminars
Expert regularly gives lectures, seminars, talks, keynotes, courses, and tutorial updates in his field. Expert not only organized key workshops, conferences, and symposia while at OIDA (Optoelectronics Industry Development Association), he edited and wrote many of the technological reports for OIDA.
Vendor Selection
Expert has frequently interacted with the stakeholders of the optoelectronics, photonics, communications, fiber optics, semiconductor industries as he has built intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial projects that have driven innovative optoelectronics R&D that has progressed to manufacturing and production. During the course of taking R&D to production, suppliers and vendors need to vetted, checked, and deals made to purchase material, equipment, and support for the operation. This has included fabrication plants, manufacturing plants, development test facilities, research centers, and general laboratory facilities for photonics, optoelectronics, and semiconductor epitaxy equipment.
Marketing Experience
As CEO, President, and independent board director of OneChip Photonics Inc., head quartered in Ottawa, Canada (Board director, CEO & President). The company focus is to manufacture InP based OEICs (optoelectronic integrated circuits) and photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for Data communications and datacenter applications. Typical data rates achieved using Indium Phosphide OEICs include 100Gbps using 25Gbps optoelectronic device technology and integrated electronic HBT drivers and transimpedance amplifiers. His activities include leading a design center in China, a manufacturing facility in Thailand, and key design and test functions in Ottawa, Canada. As full professor and chair of optoelectronics at Glyndwr University in Wales, UK. Role is to promote optoelectronics/optics/photonics at the University, consult on courses and curriculums in Information Technology (IT), and promote the University in the solar, optics, optoelectronics, photonics, photonics packaging, optical networking and component sector. In addition, role will be to position the University as a leading center for advanced optics/optoelectronics including100Gbps+ datacenter OEIC and PIC characterization, packaging and testing. As an expert witness in optoelectronic litigation with deposition and trial presentation experience. Subject matter has included semiconductor diode lasers and laser packaging (VCSELs and edge emitters for Communications, CD, DVD, and Bluray), GaN light emitting diodes (LEDs), optoelectronic packaging, photonics manufacturing, device fabrication, epitaxial wafer growth, transceiver and transponder modules, optical systems, optical networks, optical switches, optical imagers (CMOS), optical lenses, and sub-systems. There has been a heavy focus on expert reports, background IP, and product infringement.
Other Relevant Experience
Demonstrated broad technological expertise; especially in optical communications, optoelectronics (LEDs, laser diodes), optical components, photonics (PICs, OEICs, silicon photonics, polarizers, MEMS, optical switches, solar cells), semiconductors (CMOS, SOI, SoS), materials (GaN, InGaN, GaAs, SiGe, InP, SiC, REO, Sapphire), fabrication, manufacturing (III-V, Silicon), eptitaxy (MOCVD, MBE, CVD), and optics/microelectronics packaging/assembly. Extremely innovative in solving problems and creating solutions; finding ‘diamonds-in-the-rough’. Natural leader: attracts 1st class personnel, and retains them. Goal and milestone orientated, both fiscally and technologically. Proven responsibility of budgets, sales, marketing, engineering, and operations. Internationally recognized and respected in the optical communications, photonics, photonics packaging, solid state lighting, CPV (concentrated photovoltaic), optics, optical storage, and optoelectronics space; can execute many varieties of business deals and contracts that include, customers, suppliers, IP, investments, and property. Board experience and maturity in optical communications and photonic environments that range from start-ups to non-profit trade associations; and from basic research to commercialization and high volume manufacturing. Internationally recognized for optics, lens design, and plastic frame design for eyeglasses. Raised venture funding and debt financing to support entrepreneurial projects (such as Ignis Optics Inc, and OneChip Photonics Inc).

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