Founder & President // Registered Patent Agent
Dan Hussain was educated at MIT in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and computer science, and also studied internet and intellectual property law at Harvard and theoretical geophysics at the University of Cambridge (UK). He ultimately graduated with a degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from MIT. Dan has worked for NASA, Northwestern, Siemens, and the law firm Frommer, Lawrence, and Haug, LLP.
Dan won the Siemens Westinghouse National Science Award, a national award given to one team in the United States for engineering excellence. According to Science Magazine, this is “a junior Nobel Prize.” He continues his interest in astrophysics and space exploration through his participation in the International Mars Society, of which he was a Founding Member.
Shirley Shi, PhD
Shirley Shi earned her PhD at MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science under thesis advisor Professor Muriel Médard. Her research interests include secure network coding, error control coding, signal processing algorithm design for communications, and signal processing applications to DNA sequencing. She obtained her B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria. Shirley passed the U.S. Patent Bar Exam in 2013 and is granted Limited Recognition to practice in patent cases.
Stephen M. Hou
Patent Prosecution Advisor
Stephen M. Hou has practiced patent prosecution for law firms in Boston and San Francisco, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He has taught patent seminars at premier universities in the U.S., Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He has been involved in three award-winning startup companies, serving as co-founder, chief engineer, and software engineer. Stephen received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, where he was an InSITE Fellow, advising startup companies and venture capitalists on patents, technology, and entrepreneurship. Stephen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with two undergraduate degrees in physics and electrical engineering (EE) and two graduate degrees in EE, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a microsystems engineer and instructor, earning the President Paul E. Gray Award for Excellence in Research and the Goodwin Medal, MIT's highest honor for excellence in teaching by a graduate student.
Ehsan Najafabadi, PhD
Ehsan graduated with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a focus on designing and fabricating organic light-emitting diode (OLED) devices. Ehsan further earned bachelors degrees in electrical engineering and physics, and holds a masters degree in electrical engineering, all obtained also from GaTech. Ehsan drafts and prosecutes patent applications for a variety of Fortune 100 companies. Previously, he worked at Eversheds Sutherland, a global top 15 law firm. Ehsan has experience and knowledge related to semiconductor technologies, quantum computing systems, virtual and augmented reality systems, autonomous vehicles, optical and display devices, cable systems, wireless technology and standards, and more. He also regularly teaches short courses and consults on a variety of cutting-edge technical topics for industry and the military.
Karen Lee, PhD
Karen graduated with her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in the Nanostructures and Computation Group with thesis advisor Prof. Steven Johnson. She received her bachelor degree in electrical engineering and computer science with a minor in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004, her Master of Science degree in EECS from MIT in 2006. She has experience as a software engineer at the Boston Globe and as a lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Vincent DeVito, JD
Mr. DeVito served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing strategic policy while managing a multi-million dollar budget. He oversaw the Climate Change Technology Program, a global portfolio, and maintains international government and industry contacts worldwide. While at the Department of Energy, Mr. DeVito served as the U.S. manager of the North American Energy Working Group, a task force created to pursue the development of a fully integrated North American energy market. Mr. DeVito also worked with then Ambassador Paul Cellucci to make possible the U.S.-Canada Power Outage Task Force that was established as a result of the electricity blackout in August 2003.
Immediately prior to joining the Department of Energy, Mr. DeVito served as an energy lawyer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the legislative, regulatory, and administrative levels. In that capacity, he pursued the development and implementation of the state’s electric utility deregulation plan. He has strategically advised members of the President’s Cabinet, governors, ambassadors, and corporate leaders, and has participated in each major federal initiative that has impacted the energy industry this decade. Vincent DeVito is an attorney, but is not a patent attorney.