Summery of Professional Experience

South Lyon, MI

Technical consulting practice conducting objective, expert analysis and investigation of Intellectual Property (patents, prior art, copyrights, trademarks, unfair competition, trade secrets, etc.). Clarification of prior art in technical literature, publications, product specifications, and dissertations to analyze validity and obviousness. Specification and claim analysis of scientific and engineering patents. Analysis under America Invents Act and all 101, 102, 103, 112 and other arguments. Product and technology analysis, patent portfolios, patentability research. Litigation support, patent infringement/non-infringement, patent validity/invalidity, and technology education in patent disputes, claim charts, patent reexaminations. Federal and state jurisdictions, International Trade Commission (ITC) proceedings. Product Liability (including component defect allegations, vehicle crashes and occupant kinematics/injury causation) for automotive and other industries. Expert analyses of crash recorders, and electrical systems, including fault codes, crash pulse, and all recorded information. Truck, commercial, and recreational vehicles, electrical, electronic, telematics, mobile communications, and numerous other components/systems.

TARDEC/TACOM U.S. Army Research and Development Center
Feb 2010-Present
Warren, MI

Attorney - Chief Scientist’s Office
Develop Invention disclosures and the preparation of patent applications, conduct searches, and infringement/freedom to practice analyses. Develop joint research and development contracts with defense contractors, universities, and other entities. Consult through GTA and Alion (Contractual).

Vivacqua Law
Oct. 2009-Feb. 2010
Ann Arbor, MI

Associate, Intellectual Property
Represent clients in all intellectual property aspects of electrical, chemical, software, and automotive components. This includes Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Transmissions and Powertrains, Batteries, Start/Stop Energy Accumulators, Vehicle Control Systems, Vehicle Electrical/Energy Systems & Architecture, Solar Panels, and Chemical/Polymer formulations. Defend and prosecute trademarks/trade secrets.

Sep 2008 – September 2009
Warren, MI

Principal Systems Engineer
Conduct Systems Engineering for department of defense projects. Manage Cross-Functional Teams. Consult through Raytheon and U.S Army Systems Engineering Implementation Organization on a contractual basis. Secret Security Clearance.

General Dynamics
Feb 2008 – September 2008
Sterling Hts., MI

Risk Analysis/Decision Analysis
Perform decision analysis, trade studies, systems engineering, as well as program, system, and component risk identification, analysis, & mitigation, for department of defense projects. Manage Program Cross-Functional Teams.

FEB 2007-DEC 2007
Austin, TX

Represent clients in all aspects of electrical, chemical, software, and computers involving all aspects of intellectual property. This includes licensing, USPTO matters, joint development agreements, contracts, opinion work, infringement analyses, standards boards, trade secrets, and antitrust issues. Involvement in all issues of discovery, motion practice, trial and settlement procedures. Cases include defense of Gateway, in Lucent/MPT v. Gateway MPEG proceedings, Apple Computer-Lucent Licensing negotiations, Onstar, in Tendler v. Onstar, and Acer/Gateway v. Hewlett Packard International Trade Commission litigation.

1985-1992 and 1995-2007
Dearborn, MI

Design Analysis Engineer/Technical Specialist
Responsible for technical analysis of vehicles, systems, and components, including airbags, seat belts, and automotive electrical systems and diagnostics. Contribute to continuous improvement of existing products and the design/development of new products through extensive field analysis and reporting of product performance. Evaluate vehicle component defect allegations, vehicle crashworthiness. Act as corporate representative and expert witness; testify in trials and depositions. Conduct accident investigations and prepare expert witness reports and responses to requests for discovery. Extremely knowledgeable in electrical systems, electrical components, as well as overall restraint systems and vehicle crashworthiness for all front and side impacts and rollover. Determination of vehicle electrical system architecture and performance, electrical component analysis, BEV, accident reconstruction, occupant kinematics, and body structure performance. Extremely knowledgeable in FMVSS regulatory and corporate standards, warnings, as well as obtaining SAE and NHTSA publications, and obtaining information related to NHTSA inquiries, recalls, and notices. In-depth experience in vehicle diagnostic, OBDII interfaces, vehicle bus interfaces, class II and serial communication protocols, and the analysis and interpretation of electrical components, system information stored in Electronic Crash Sensors, Diagnostic Modules, and other automotive system modules.

Senior Design Engineer
Led design, development, testing, and implementation of advanced-technology passive/active restraint systems. Managed body engineering and restraint engineering, and electrical system projects for truck and car platforms. Extensive product development & program management experience. Six Sigma Black Belt; very knowledgeable in Design for Manufacturing, DOE, QC, and QA techniques. In depth experience in establishing system management plans, critical guidelines, corporate standards, design standards, specifications, test requirements, Subsystem Design Specifications, Product Verification Specifications, control plans, system and component level FMEAs, DVPRs, ISO and QS standards, Business Operating Systems, Quality Operating Systems, process reengineering, and lean manufacturing. Conducted numerous (hundreds) crash, sled, and component tests. Developed design verification plans and reports, failure modes and effects analyses, product and production validation plans, and then developed the products and systems to meet these requirements. Developed and integrated electrical and sensing systems, restraint & inflatable restraint systems, sensing systems, airbag & canopy systems, and components for front, side, & rollover FMVSS, do-care, and corporate requirements. Developed electrical system architectures, including CAN, LIN, MOST, Byteflight, IDB1394, Flexray, Bluetooth, etc.

Design Engineer
Developed sensing, airbag and restraint systems for Ford/Mercury Car and Truck programs.

Troy, MI

Senior Project Engineer
Led design, development, testing, and release of electrical system, sensing, and airbag and airbag suppression systems for all GM truck lines. Performed modeling/analysis to create superior system performance and meet FMVSS, corporate specifications and design standards, and Due-Care requirements.

Sterling Heights, MI

Senior Project Engineer
Managed European programs for development of electrical systems and components, airbag modules, sensors, and airbag systems for Opel J-Car and Saab 9000, and other domestic, European and Asian/Pacific Rim vehicles. Supervised specialized teams of test engineers and technicians. Developed statements of work and comprehensive system design/test requirements for US, European, and Asian customer companies.

Additional Background:
Completed Northwestern University's Traffic Accident Reconstruction program. Developed critical guidelines and corporate standards for OEMs and the supply base. Extensive experience in automotive electrical systems, sensing systems, diagnostic systems, as well as restraints, crash and sled testing, frontal, side, rollover impacts, occupant kinematics, injury and accident data bases, fire cause and origin, SAE and technical publications, and accident reconstruction. Direct experience in all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, joint venture agreements, trademarks, trade secrets, standards boards, antitrust issues, International Trade Commission cases, and licensing. Conduct objective assessment and evaluation. Conduct research on legal, regulatory, and technical issues. In-depth knowledge of domestic, European, Pacific Rim component and system design/performance specifications and requirements including necessary do-care airbag system development requirements. Expert investigation and analysis of vehicle electrical systems, electrical components, as well as airbag, seatbelt, and electrical diagnostic systems for vehicles. Expert analysis of domestic, European, and Pacific Rim crash recorders. Extensive experience reviewing service bulletins, recalls, field service actions, customer contacts, owner and shop manuals for technical accuracy and adherence to federal standards. Direct experience in design, development, testing and release of SIR, sensing, and electrical systems.