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Customized consulting to support the following:

- Technical patent analysis

- Evidence of use

- Analytical assistance

- Claim chart formulation

- Claim chart analysis

- Evidence collection

- Prior art searches/analysis

- Technical evidence review

- Citation analysis

- Technology reviews

- Portfolio triage

- Product and market analysis

- Semiconductor cross section process/structure interpretation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. David York has broad-based experience and has developed an extensive list of accomplishments in a wide variety of areas over the past 36+ years. A detailed list organized into major categories is provided below.

Previous Experience

 

Intellectual Property - IC Microanalysis LLC

 

- Traveled to various out-of-state and out-of-country sites to review, sort, and collect archived material for prior art research

- Coordinated and supervised analysis at out-of-state laboratory documenting invention feature

- Directed, supervised, and assisted with physical teardown analysis at local laboratory facility

- Reviewed, categorized, and researched large number of patents to support patent mining projects

- Performed technical and patent prior art search for support infringement and due diligence

- Reviewed patents, and conducted technical/market research to support patent infringement action

- Provided technical input to support laboratory analysis of specific physical feature

- Performed research to locate potential licensing or infringement opportunities (product/users)

- Evaluated patents and summarized unique technical aspects of patented invention

- Formulated opinion on areas of technology and likely use of invention in industry

- Proofread and edited portions of translated patent applications

- Extracted keywords/phrases from patent claims for prior art search or claim chart formulation

- Performed prior art searches of products, patents, and technical literature to invalidate patents

- Analyzed patent claims in relation to products and prior art.

 

Arbitration

 

- Selected to serve as a technical expert on a three-person arbitration panel for a commercial licensing and patent dispute managed by the American Arbitration Association.

- Reviewed patents and claims, pre- and post-trial expert reports, depositions, technical evidence, declarations, patent file wrapper, and supporting legal decisions.

- Heard oral arguments and testimony at hearings, reviewed motions, and provided impartial analysis and decisions on discovery disputes, claim construction, validity, infringement, contract interpretation, and applications for costs and fees.

 

Litigation and Infringement:

 

- Performed prior art searches of products, patents, and technical literature to provide evidence of obviousness.

- Independently analyzed patent claims in relation to products and prior art.

- Traveled to various out-of-state and international locations to review, sort, and collect archived material for prior art research.

 

Patent Licensing and Technology Investment Research

 

- Provided technical review of large patent portfolios to identify and classify technical strength of inventive elements based on past, current, or suspected future technologies and fabrication processes.

- Performed technical research to identify potential licensing opportunities for inventions.

- Performed technical review of individual patents to identify general inventive features, and specific inventive claimed elements.

 

IP and Engineering - (prior to IC Microanalysis)

 

- Multi-tasked by performing hands-on physical analysis of actual products, while also serving as Manager and Vice President of analytical groups.

- Developed new analytical techniques and chemical stains to allow for continued high-quality analysis as semiconductor technologies evolved over 20 years.

- Served as Manager and Vice President of Laboratory Services Group, supervised staff of 12 engineers and technicians.

- Developed and served as Vice President of IP Analysis Services Group.

- Assisted with marketing and sales of laboratory services and reports.

- Served as primary client contact for all laboratory and patent analysis.

- Prepared ISO 9000 documentation and equipment operation manuals.

- Coordinated and prepared development of Laboratory Manual outlining processes and procedures.

- Performed technical review of Japanese translated technical documents and patent applications.

- Served as instructor for Laboratory Analysis portion of Failure Analysis Seminar.

- Assisted with development of on-site hands-on laboratory analysis class.

- Performed physical and materials analysis, and documentation of specific patented inventions identified from review of patents in portfolio.

- Provided specific technical analysis on client-supplied products to support technology database that was used for identifying current and future products and manufacturers for possible licensing and infringement opportunities.

- Performed parts search to locate specific older or recent semiconductor products manufactured by defendants within specific product data codes.

- Provided physical and materials analysis and documentation of evidence to indicate presence of a specific physical design layout, manufacturing process, or device structural feature for claimed and patented invention.

- Reviewed and interpreted semiconductor device cross-sectional images for comparison to claimed patent elements.

- Gave deposition testimony on three separate cases to support analytical laboratory results.

- Performed physical and materials analysis to document evidence that refuted presence of a specific physical design layout, manufacturing process, or device structural feature for claimed and patented invention.

- Provided physical and materials analysis and documentation of patented feature on plaintiffs’ parts to strengthen defendants negotiating position.

 

Competitive Analysis

 

- Performed physical and materials analysis to document general assembly and die fabrication process, physical layout features, device (transistor) structures and designs.

- Performed physical analysis to document individual transistor and circuit interconnects layers associated with circuit layout and extracted circuit schematic at the transistor level, converted to basic functional logic levels.

- Performed physical and materials analysis of state-of-the art devices to document and compare process and design features, and technology levels.

- Prepared postulated process sequences from results of analysis.

 

Construction Quality Analysis

 

- Performed physical and materials analysis to document package and assembly quality, general process and layout quality and compare to physical standards as defined in quality standards outlined in Mil. Std 883, such as metal step coverage, overlay passivation integrity, etc. Identified and assess suspect process features in relation to short or long-term reliability of product in field.

 

Physical Failure Analysis

 

- Performed limited (pin-to-pin) electrical, liquid crystal, and detailed physical and materials analysis to locate suspect physical failure sites.

 

 

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