About Me

I’m a patent litigator at Robins Kaplan LLP. I live in Queens, and work at Robins Kaplan’s New York Office. I began my legal career in the firm’s Minneapolis office, where I started in 2004 as a science advisor.

 

 

RK’s science advisors provide technical support to the firm’s attorneys. Most (like me) have an advanced technical degree. I have a Ph.D. in physics, and I worked as a medical device scientist/engineer and managed a software firm before joining RK.

I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and I performed most of my thesis research at Argonne National Laboratory, Physics Division. While the original goal of my research was to use optical techniques to measure details of nuclear structure of short-lived isotopes produced at Atlas, that plan failed. I then performed experiments on the quantum statistics of light emitted by two and three-level atoms. I measured the largest value of Mandel’s Q-parameter that had been recorded to-date and also obtained indirect evidence of quantum jumps (see discussion of “The neglected experiment of Finn and Greenlees” (George W. Greenlees was one of my academic advisors; C.N. Davids was my de facto advisor for my formative years ).

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My most recent project is building a search engine for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s  (PTAB) filings: See more here. To do this, I’ve learned Python. That’s a huge shift from my first language, FORTRAN. Programmers these days have it easy.  Back in the day, we had two references to instruct us in writing code: a language reference and a user’s guide. We didn’t have a computer, but you could walk to one at your university. I remember it once taking me two days, learning a new language, to debug my code before I could get my first printed output.  Nowadays, to write an app you download a free tool onto one of your personal computing devices, copy a reference example from Google, then enter any error messages into Google to fix your errors, and you are on the road.

 

I’m reading now:

The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857

Explores how empire in Asia shaped Britain.  It claims to move beyond conventional academic narratives and make an important contribution to ongoing debates around how empire impacted Britain. Empire, as the next book illustrates, is overrated.

The Looming Tower – Lawrence Wright

Explains, for the general reader, many of the West’s shocking misconceptions of Islam and Islamic countries.