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Ian Allport
Information Technology Consultant
New York NY 10022
USA
phone: 212-813-0403
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Ian Allport Intellectual Property Expert PhotoIan Allport, principal at Radical Software & Consulting Inc., has over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services and Information Technology industry.

Background Experience - For over 25 years Mr. Allport worked in various roles in the financial services industry. He has experience in developing applications for many business types and has operated at many different levels of responsibility including project management, application design, and programming. In those roles, he provided technology solutions and was intimately involved in the creation of new business platforms. At all times, Mr. Allport has been strongly aligned with the business operations in companies.

Litigation Support - Since 2000, Mr. Allport has provided litigation services for legal firms throughout the United States and Canada in the area of infringement of intellectual property, namely: Patents, Copyrights, and Theft of Intellectual Property. His cases have included subject matter related to:
  • Financial Service Applications
  • Health Care Services
  • Medication Dispensing Software
  • ATM and Point of Sale Transaction Processing
  • Check Image Processing
Areas of Expertise:

Patents - Ian Allport has extensive experience in automated trading, including algorithmic and high frequency technology. These skills have been utilized on cases including Reuters vs. Bloomberg, LLC in a patent infringement litigation and a case of potential patent infringement involving automated execution platforms. Mr. Allport creates and examines claim charts, provides input to attorneys evaluating the validity of a patent, and performs detailed code and processing analysis of an application that potentially violate a patent.

Copyrights - To determine if a copyright has been violated, Mr. Allport utilizes analytical skills including abstraction, filtration and comparison, standards of substantially similar, look and feel protection, virtually identical analysis, and a detailed examination of the processes used in conjunction with the potential violating application. These tasks culminate in a report detailing whether or not the copyright was violated and, if so, the manner in which it was done including the use of copyright case history to highlight how conclusions were drawn.

Theft of Intellectual Property - Mr. Allport examines motives, defendant skill sets, opportunity, and the systems in question to determine if IP theft has occurred. Extensive reports are created based on his findings.
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Keith Mallinson
Telecommunications Expert
8 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Boston MA 02109
USA
phone: 617-418-3977
fax: 617-848-3796
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WiseHarbor is a global Wireless and Mobile Communications consulting firm serving companies, industry associations, and government clients.

While WiseHabor’s focus is industry specific, their scope of technologies, commercial offerings, and issues analyzed is broad and expanding in line with industry developments. Their knowledge encompasses towers, masts and micro sites, radio and core network equipment, devices, chips and software. The industry’s services and applications have diversified from voice and messaging to include rich multimedia with video, mobile commerce, automotive, and the internet of things (IoT). Their expertise has expanded accordingly and also includes analysis on innovation, competition, and technology licensing.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business Modeling and Valuations
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Due Diligence
  • Market Research
  • Regulation and Licensing
  • Antitrust Investigations
  • Expert Testimony
  • Intellectual Property Analysis
  • Keith Mallinson Telecommunications Expert PhotoPrincipal, Keith Mallinson has more than 25 years of experience in the Telecommunications Industry: as a research analyst, consultant and testifying expert witness. Complementing his industry focus, he has a broad skill set including technologies, market analysis, regulation, economics and finance.

    Background Information - Prior to founding WiseHarbor in 2006, Mallinson led Yankee Group's global Wireless/Mobile research and consulting team as Executive Vice President, based in Boston, from 2000. Until then, he had overall responsibility for the firm's European division, as Managing Director from 1995. Prior to that he was the European Research Director.

    Mr. Mallinson has published numerous articles and speaks publicly at major industry events on a wide variety of topics including next generation mobile network technologies, broadband wireless, fixed mobile convergence and substitution, handset semiconductor technologies, intellectual property patents and licensing, emerging markets in developing nations, mobile search and advertising.

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    10/23/2018 · Telecommunication
    Recent new technology deployments with gigabit LTE at Telstra in Australia, Sprint in the U.S. and EE in the UK highlight how much mobile communications technologies have improved since the introduction of mobile data services with circuit-switched and then packet-switched offerings from around 20 years ago. Peak and average user speeds have increased by a factor of 10,000. By way of comparison, microprocessor performance doubling every couple of years, as predicted by Moore's Law, has increased it only one thousand-fold over that period. Cellular performance improvements are therefore quite spectacular given the vagaries of connecting through the ether up to hundreds of meters, as well as processing those signals in the confines of around one square centimeter of baseband processor silicon!

    10/4/2018 · Telecommunication
    There is plenty of enthusiasm and quite a bit of hype in various quarters about upcoming 5G; but will it be worthwhile for everyone?

    In March 2015, IEEE significantly amended its patent policy in what was couched as an "update" but that seeks to significantly revise commitments from parties holding patent claims essential to IEEE standards to license those rights on reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) terms. Changes disallow patent holders from receiving any value attributable to the standards, require licensing at the smallest saleable patent practicing unit level, and deny these rights holders entitlement to seek an injunction against an unlicensed implementer until appellate review is exhausted. IEEE’s stated objective was to protect implementers from patent holdup, which was alleged without any substantiation.[1] IEEE is promoting, by reducing technology licensing costs, the short-term interests of certain implementers while undermining standard-essential patent values and the ability of SEP owners to receive adequate compensation, they are entitled to, from licensing their SEPs.

    8/24/2018 · Telecommunication
    At last, American authorities are also beginning to do the right thing for owners of standard-essential patents. Under the previous administration of President Barack Obama, America's agencies did the wrong thing by seriously undermining standard-essential patents in various ways. For example, this existentially threatened the independence of Qualcomm, which relies substantially on its patent-licensing business to fund long-term R&D including that in upcoming 5G mobile communications. Thankfully, President Donald Trump's administration has recognised the important need to support, not undermine, the nation's technology innovators, and uphold their patent rights, as enshrined in the US Constitution.

    In a major ruling that underscores judicial independence, federal judge Richard J. Leon has just unconditionally approved the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, rebuffing the US government's effort to stop the $85.4 billion deal.

    7/10/2018 · Telecommunication
    Major innovations in cellular technologies arise largely from the substantial Research and Development (R&D) investments and inventions of relatively few companies, followed by widespread collaborations including many more in the process of standard setting.

    6/14/2018 · Telecommunication
    While Ericsson is a leading contributor to mobile communications standards, a US District Court in California has significantly undervalued Ericsson's standard-essential patents (SEPs) by relying heavily on flawed "top-down" valuation analysis that prorates royalties by company for 2G, 3G and 4G based on SEP counting. This analysis applies a series of inaccurate assumptions which whittle down royalty rates from an understated notional maximum in a succession of unreliable steps. The resulting rates derived are a lot lower than those found in a European court's FRAND determination for the same company in the same year (2017) and for the same 2G, 3G, and 4G patent portfolios. The differences between these US and European determinations are irreconcilable.

    5/24/2018 · Telecommunication
    Radio spectrum is the lifeblood of wireless networks. Traditional methods of doling out spectrum have somewhat hindered rather than helped maximize the availability of affordable Internet access, even if this was not the case with voice and text. Instead of seeking to aggrandize auction proceeds by creating scarcity, more flexible allocations including shared as well as traditional licensed and unlicensed assignments are required.

    5/4/2018 · Patents
    I participated as a panelist in a session entitled, "Economists: Do They Have a Place?," at the Patents in Telecoms and the Internet of Things conference at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on November 10, 2017. This article is substantially my remarks in that conference panel session. Before my remarks, Stephen Haber of Stanford University said that I had posed the defining question for the entire conference in an audience question-and-answer exchange the previous day. It had perturbed me to hear a panel speaker mischaracterize the communications standards as platforms of preexisting technologies upon which Internet of Things (IoT) innovation will occur. In response, I said that communications standards are rich in technology innovation and patented intellectual property.

    4/10/2018 · Telecommunication
    As I explained in IP Finance last week, following President Trump's blocking of Broadcom's hostile bid to acquire Qualcomm, by remaining independent the cellular technology leader will be able to maintain its long-term commitment to high levels of R&D investment (at 23 percent of sales recently), most significantly including that in 5G communications standard-essential IP.

    3/20/2018 · Telecommunication
    The broadband performance and economics of cellular with 4G and 5G is making it possible for many of us to do without any wired connection at all - already including those who, on average, stream up to an hour of video per day. Nevertheless, most homes will continue to need fixed connections; but 5G fixed-wireless access will serve many of these.

    2/20/2018 · Telecommunication
    At a conference entitled Patents in Telecoms & the Internet of Things, at George Washington University in the District of Columbia last week, I was perturbed to hear a speaker mischaracterizing the communications standards as platforms of preexisting technologies upon which IoT innovation will occur. Major research and development investments are being made in communications technologies and standards to satisfy the anticipated demands of 5G and IoT. In fact, these investments, with significant innovations resulting already, are largely a leap of faith in advance of hoped-for IoT applications development and proof of demand for these.

    1/24/2018 · Telecommunication
    Consumers are only beginning to use LTE in unlicensed spectrum. So far chatter has mostly been about operator trials, commercial chipsets and sales of devices to seed the market before anyone is to be able to use the new service feature. Nevertheless, the commercial impact will be quite dramatic within a few years.

    The new US Department of Justice antitrust leader says antitrust enforcers are too accommodating to IP implementers when in dispute with standard-essential patent owners. Instead, patent owners should be allowed to decide how they want to exercise their property rights: "under the antitrust laws, a unilateral refusal to license a valid patent should be per se legal" – he also reminds us "the right to exclude is one of the most fundamental bargaining rights the patent owner possesses."

    10/4/2017 · Telecommunication
    Technology innovation by chip, device and equipment vendors plus intense competition among national oligopolies of mobile network operators has improved cellular performance and reduced costs to the enormous benefit of consumers. Meanwhile, recent financial gains in the mobile ecosystem are largely accruing to Silicon Valley's tech titans including Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Netflix. The massive network investments required for 5G may not be forthcoming if this imbalance persists.

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    Bruce Weiner
    IT / Patent Expert
    550 W. 54th St, Apt. 2126
    New York NY 10019
    USA
    phone: 646-701-2012
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    Bruce Weiner is an Information and Internet Technology executive with over 30 years of in-depth experience managing product and software development for contracting companies and Fortune 100 companies. Since 2012, he has been a Technology leader at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

    Mr. Weiner is a Princeton trained computer scientist and electrical engineer, and a patent holder. Over his career, he has gained extensive experience in Information Systems management, program/project management, software development, software architecture, internet delivery, business applications, technology vendor selection, IT Outsourcing, and customer contact center operations.

    Litigation Consulting Services: Mr. Weiner has experience as a consulting and/or testifying expert witness in software development, patent infringement, and commercial litigation matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. He is adept at translating complex software, patent, and technology issues for the lay person audience. He consulted on industry transforming anti-trust cases in the travel industry.

    Industry Experience:

    • Travel Industry Technology - Former technology leader for American Express Travel and Chief Technology Officer of United.com;
    • Loyalty Industry Technology - 30 years experience in the technology that powers loyalty programs, working on Membership Miles, Thank You Rewards, Mileage Plus, #1 Gold, eRewards, MyPoints, Blockbuster Rewards, and AAdvantage
    • Financial Services Technology – 30 years experience working with Financial Services Companies (American Express, Citibank, and Chase) on credit card and banking technology.
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    Steven G. Roberts
    CPA/CFF, CFE, CCI, CGMA, FCPA
    704 228th Ave NE #725
    Sammamish WA 98074
    USA
    phone: 425-868-3330 ext.151
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    Veritas Forensic Accounting & Economics provides relevant and reliable Economic Loss, Forensic Accounting, and Business Valuation findings. Their clients include attorneys, executives, business owners, directors, adjusters, and judges in need of litigation, insurance loss measurement, arbitration, mediation, and appraisal services. Veritas Team composition includes: PhD in Economics, CPA, CFE, CFF, CGMA, CCI, MBA, Court Appointed Special Master Relative to Damage Measurement and Forensic Accounting Issues, Accounting and Economics Professors, Former Big 4 Partners and Managers, Fortune 100 Accounting System Architect. Veritas engagements are managed by professionals with federal and state court testifying experience and more than 25 years' tenure in their respective disciplines.

    Steven Roberts Forensic Accounting Expert PhotoPrincipal, Steven G. Roberts, CPA, CFF, CFE, CCI, CGMA, FCPA, has focused exclusively on Forensic Accounting since 1987. His expertise includes investigative accounting consultation, expert testimony, insurance loss quantification, operational reviews, due diligence, economic research, damages and business valuation, and other claims and litigation support activities.

    Mr. Roberts' background centers on review of businesses and business operations to determine the financial impact of specific events, breaches, and courses of action. He and his team at Veritas serve many diverse industries including high technology, oil, lumber, manufacturers, airlines, grocery, shipping, mining, and many more. Veritas assignments have arisen out of such events as the Exxon Valdez and BP Oil Spills, the 9/11 attack, the Bellingham Pipeline Explosion, the 2008 banking crisis, and a wide variety of other matters.

    Certifications:
    • Certified Public Accountant
    • Certified Fraud Examiner
    • Forensic Certified Public Accountant
    • AICPA Certified in Financial Forensics
    • Certified Criminal Investigator
    • Court Appointed Special Master
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    Dr. Jules Kamin
    President
    6380 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1102
    Los Angeles CA 90048
    USA
    phone: 323-653-9555
    fax: 323-653-5391
    Dr. Jules Kamin received his Ph.D. in business economics, finance and management science from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, rated #1. He is an expert on Economic Damages and Economic / Financial Aspects of Liability. He brings to the practice of forensic economics a unique combination of educational background, practical business and teaching experience, and a proven record of expert retention and testimony in over five hundred cases since 1987.

    Services Include:
  • Lost Profits
  • Lost Business Goodwill
  • Diminution of Business Value
  • Business Valuation
  • Lost Earnings and Benefits
  • Course of Conduct
  • Business Torts
  • Fraud
  • Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage
  • Breach of Contract
  • Unfair Competition
  • Condemnation
  • Infringement of Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust
  • Securities
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Termination
  • 9/5/2010 · Damages
    Commercial damages occur in breach-of-contract and business-tort cases that result in claims of lost profits or diminished business goodwill or business value. Intellectual-property-infringement cases and antitrust cases also can involve such loss claims. The measurement of damages in these types of cases follows a basic methodology, with some variations in intellectual-property matters. Measurement of damages in securities-fraud cases uses a different approach.

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    Amitkumar Dharia, PhD
    8418 Sterling St., Suite A
    Irving Texas 75063
    USA
    phone: 972-915-0516
    fax: 972-915-0518
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    Transmit Technology Group, LLC was founded in 1999 to assist small and medium size Plastics Industries and sole proprietors in their day to day problem solving and short –term product and process development needs.

    Clients come to Transmit Technology Group, LLC from a broad range of plastic industries (Fortune 500 to sole proprietors) and job functions including process engineers, QA/QC professionals, CTOs, CEOs of start-up companies, individual inventors, production managers, corporate marketing managers, lawyers, and R&D specialists.

    Transmit Technology Group, LLC is an independent laboratory which provides a wide range of services, including:
    • Plastic Testing
    • Polymer Analysis
    • Failure Analysis
    • Product Development
    • Contract Research and Development
    • Technical Marketing
  • IP Development
  • Equipment Modifications / Process Modifications
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Raw Material / Equipment Sourcing
  • Ideation or conceptualizing
  • Technical Representation
  • Principal, Amitkumar Dharia, PhD has over 27 years of direct experience in new Plastics and Polymer product and process, research and development, market research and analysis, product and project management, and commercialization.

    After working with various organizations throughout the United States, Dr. Dharia founded Transmit Technology Group, LLC in 1999. Since then, he has helped numerous clients in conceptualizing, exploring through experimentation, and screening best and novel alternatives, in connecting and coordinating external resources to drive concepts to commercialization. In 2006, he developed a novel testing equipment, Technoform, to determine the thermoformabiltiy of thermoplastics materials. Technoform has been used in over 60 industrial projects related to thermoforming.

    During 1999-2014, Dr. Dharia was named inventor or co-inventor on six US and international patents and is named a co-inventor on two pending applications. A patent agent registered with USPTO, he himself has been issued 21 United States patents and has been responsible for more than 30 disclosures of inventions. He has also authored over 24 technical publications.

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    Time-Variable Systems, LLC
    Jamie Chapman
    Principal
    500 Throckmorton St
    MS 2101
    Fort Worth TX 76102-3808
    United States
    phone: 6175138429
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    Jamie Chapman, PhD, has over 35 years of broad technical, engineering, operational, and economic expertise in the areas of Renewable Energy and Power Conversion Systems. Principal at Time-Variable Systems, LLC, Dr. Chapman provides strategic, technical, and engineering consulting services to law firms, technology-driven companies, federal laboratories and agencies. Recent clients have included law firms, Exro Technologies, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and technology-intensive product development companies in the United States and internationally.

    Consulting Specialties Include:
    • Innovative Electric Machines
    • Variable Speed Electric Generators
    • Marine Hydrokinetic Power Conversion Systems
    • Radar Sensing
    • Megawatt-scale Power Processing and Control via Power Electronics
    • Wind Turbines
    • Energy Storage
    • Rotary and Linear Electric Machines
    • Electronic Power Conversion
    • Control and Grid Interface
    Dr. Chapman's career and activities have spanned the industrial, academic, governmental, and legal arenas in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has been heavily involved with clients in program definition and funding together with the associated development of technology-intensive, multi-disciplinary product systems.

    Dr. Chapman's experience includes research and development focused on the technologies needed to maintain leadership for the next, next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbine power plants, including turbulence detection by lidar and radar. His work in this area generated four patent disclosures.

    From 2004-2010, Dr. Chapman served as Associate Director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University. As part of the Senior Research Faculty, he was a principal in achieving $10 million in external funding to implement a wind energy research and education program. Dr. Chapman delivered a graduate-level course on wind turbine design, control, grid interface and economics and initiated Texas Tech's program on the integration of wind turbines with desalination systems.

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    Bhuvan Urgaonkar, PhD
    Available Nationally and Internationally
    W371 Westgate Building
    University Park PA 16802
    USA
    phone: 814-933-7211
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    Bhuvan Urgaonkar, PhD, has over 15 years of experience in the field of Software Engineering and Computers. His work includes research in computer systems software, distributed computing (including systems such as Zookeeper, Redis, Memcached, Cassandra, Kafka), datacenters, cloud computing, storage systems, energy efficiency of computers and datacenters, big data (including systems such as Hadoop, Spark). 

    Dr. Urgaonkar has published over 80 research papers in competitive peer-reviewed conferences and journals on these topics with several best paper awards. He has procured research funding totaling more than $3 Million USD from federal agencies and industrial labs (Google, HP, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon) to lead and train several Phd and MS students who now work in industry and academia. Dr. Urgaonkar has also delivered lectures on topics including Cloud Computing and Data Centers to Faculty at Microsoft and numerous other technology companies and universities around the world. 

    Education / Training: Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2005) B.Tech (honors) in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India 

    Awards / Honors: Test of Time Award, ACM Sigmetrics 2016 National Science Foundation Career award, 2010 IBM Faculty Fellowships, 2016, 2014 Several best paper awards (see CV) 

    Litigation Support - Dr. Urgaonkar serves as an expert / technical consultant with multiple firms helping them (i) understand technical content related to state of the art products in areas such as content distribution, distributed computing, datacenter design, among others and (ii) interpret patents in these areas and connections between them and state of the art products and services. Services are available to law firms, government agencies, schools, firms / corporations, and hospitals. They include case review, deposition, and trial testimony as needed. 

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Software Design and Analysis
    • Computer Systems
    • Operating Systems
    • File Systems
    • Databases
    • Computer Security
    • Performance
    • Distributed Computing
    • Data Centers
    • Cloud Computing
    • Big Data Systems
    • Web
    • Internet
    • Content Distribution Networks
    • Software Reliability and Testing
    • Fault Tolerance
    • Hadoop
    • Spark
    • Kubernetes
    • Linux
    • AWS
    • Azure
    • Machine Learning
    • Scheduling
    11/5/2018 · Computers
    Discovering end-to-end request-processing paths is crucial in many modern IT environments for reasons varying from debugging and bottleneck analysis to billing and auditing. Existing solutions for this problem fall into two broad categories: statistical inference and intrusive instrumentation. The statistical approaches infer request-processing paths in a "most likely" way and their accuracy degrades as the workload increases. The instrumentation approaches can be accurate, but they are system dependent as they require knowledge (and often source code) of the application as well as time and effort from skilled programmers.

    10/10/2018 · Computers
    Dynamic capacity provisioning is a useful technique for handling the multi-time-scale variations seen in Internet workloads. In this article, we propose a novel dynamic provisioning technique for multi-tier Internet applications that employs (1) a flexible queuing model to determine how much of the resources to allocate to each tier of the application, and (2) a combination of predictive and reactive methods that determine when to provision these resources, both at large and small time scales. We propose a novel data center architecture based on virtual machine monitors to reduce provisioning overheads. Our experiments on a forty-machine Xen/Linux-based hosting platform demonstrate the responsiveness of our technique in handling dynamic workloads. In one scenario where a flash crowd caused the workload of a three-tier application to double, our technique was able to double the application capacity within five minutes, thus maintaining responsetime targets. Our technique also reduced the overhead of switching servers across applications from several minutes to less than a second, while meeting the performance targets of residual sessions.

    9/20/2018 · Computers
    Since many Internet applications employ a multi-tier architecture, in this paper, we focus on the problem of analytically modeling the behavior of such applications. We present a model based on a network of queues, where the queues represent different tiers of the application. Our model is sufficiently general to capture (i) the behavior of tiers with significantly different performance characteristics and (ii) application idiosyncrasies such as session-based workloads, concurrency limits, and caching at intermediate tiers. We validate our model using real multi-tier applications running on a Linux server cluster. Our experiments indicate that our model faithfully captures the performance of these applications for a number of workloads and configurations. For a variety of scenarios, including those with caching at one of the application tiers, the average response times predicted by our model were within the 95% confidence intervals of the observed average response times. Our experiments also demonstrate the utility of the model for dynamic capacity provisioning, performance prediction, bottleneck identification, and session policing. In one scenario, where the request arrival rate increased from less than 1500 to nearly 4200 requests/min, a dynamic provisioning technique employing our model was able to maintain response time targets by increasing the capacity of two of the application tiers by factors of 2 and 3.5, respectively.

    8/31/2018 · Computers
    With public cloud providers poised to become indispensable utility providers, neutrality-related mandates will likely emerge to ensure a level playing field among their customers ("tenants"). We analogize with net neutrality to discuss: (i) what form cloud neutrality might take, (ii) what lessons might the net neutrality debate have to offer, and (iii) in what ways cloud neutrality would be different from (and even more difficult than) net neutrality. We use idealized thought experiments and simple workload case studies to illustrate our points and conclude with a discussion of challenges and future directions. Our paper points to a rich and important area for future work.

    8/13/2018 · Computers
    Modern Internet-scale distributed networks have hundreds of thousands of servers deployed in hundreds of locations and networks around the world. Canonical examples of such networks are content delivery networks (called CDNs) that we study in this paper. The operating expenses of large distributed networks are increasingly driven by the cost of supplying power to their servers. Typically, CDNs procure power through long-term contracts from co-location providers and pay on the basis of the power (KWs) provisioned for them, rather than on the basis of the energy (KWHs) actually consumed. We propose the use of batteries to reduce both the required power supply and the incurred power cost of a CDN.

    7/20/2018 · Computers
    Recent technological advances in the development of flashmemory based devices have consolidated their leadership position as the preferred storage media in the embedded systems market and opened new vistas for deployment in enterprise-scale storage systems. Unlike hard disks, flash devices are free from any mechanical moving parts, have no seek or rotational delays and consume lower power. However, the internal idiosyncrasies of flash technology make its performance highly dependent on workload characteristics. The poor performance of random writes has been a cause of major concern which needs to be addressed to better utilize the potential of flash in enterprise-scale environments. We examine one of the important causes of this poor performance: the design of the Flash Translation Layer (FTL) which performs the virtual-to-physical address translations and hides the erase-before-write characteristics of flash. We propose a complete paradigm shift in the design of the core FTL engine from the existing techniques with our Demand-based Flash Translation Layer (DFTL) which selectively caches page-level address mappings. We develop a flash simulation framework called FlashSim. Our experimental evaluation with realistic enterprise-scale workloads endorses the utility of DFTL in enterprise-scale storage systems by demonstrating: (i) improved performance, (ii) reduced garbage collection overhead and (iii) better overload behavior compared to state-of-the-art FTL schemes. For example, a predominantly random-write dominant I/O trace from an OLTP application running at a large financial institution shows a 78% improvement in average response time (due to a 3-fold reduction in operations of the garbage collector), compared to a state-of-the-art FTL scheme. Even for the well-known read-dominant TPC-H benchmark, for which DFTL introduces additional overheads, we improve system response time by 56%.

    6/27/2018 · Computers
    Cloud-based hosting promises cost advantages over conventional in-house (on-premise) application deployment. One important question when considering a move to the cloud is whether it makes sense for 'my' application to migrate to the cloud. This question is challenging to answer due to following reasons. Although many potential benefits of migrating to the cloud can be enumerated, some benefits may not apply to 'my' application. Also, there can be multiple ways in which an application might make use of the facilities offered by cloud providers. Answering these questions requires an in-depth understanding of the cost implications of all the possible choices specific to 'my' circumstances. In this study we identify an initial set of key factors affecting the costs of a deployement choice. Using benchmarks representing two different applications (TPC-W and TPC-E) we investigate the evolution of costs for different deployment choices. We show that application characteristics such as workload intensity, growth rate, storage capacity and software licensing costs produce complex combined effect on overall costs. We also discuss issues regarding workload variance and horizontal partitioning.

    6/7/2018 · Computers
    In this paper, we present techniques for provisioning CPU and network resources in shared hosting platforms running potentially antagonistic third-party applications. The primary contribution of our work is to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of overbooking resources in shared platforms, to maximize the platform yield: the revenue generated by the available resources. We do this by first deriving an accurate estimate of application resource needs by profiling applications on dedicated nodes, and then using these profiles to guide the placement of application components onto shared nodes. By overbooking cluster resources in a controlled fashion, our platform can provide performance guarantees to applications even when overbooked, and combine these techniques with commonly used QoS resource allocation mechanisms to provide application isolation and performance guarantees at run-time.

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    Myles H. Kicthen
    Automotive Electronics Engineer
    Aptos CA 95003-5505
    USA
    phone: 831-539-8707
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    tech4cars.com is an Automotive and Transportation Electronics consultancy established to connect clients with resources and information on OEM and Aftermarket applications of electronics within vehicles of all types. Founded in 1986, Myles H. Kitchen provides a wide range of consulting services to all sizes of organizations, from technology start-ups, to Fortune 100 firms all around the globe. His client list includes auto manufacturers, automotive suppliers, investors, government agencies, other consulting firms, technology start-ups, attorneys, and insurance companies. 

    Consulting Services include:

    • Market Research - On companies, systems, products, components, markets, and market trends in the transportation electronics sectors.
    • Product Development - Provide turn-key contract engineering services for transportation-related electronic products. This includes designs (both analog and digital), software / firmware development, and prototype fabrication and testing.  Mr. Kitchen also provides design analysis and critique of exissting designs relative to auto industry standards, recommended design practices, and the harsh requirements of the automotive environment.
    • Forensic Investigations and Expert Services - For patent and IP matters, including prior art review, infringement / non-infringement, validity / invalidity, and support for INTER PARTES review. Mr. Kitchen has also provided technical due diligence services for merger / acquisition situations, and patent portfolio reviews. Mr. Kitchen works for both Plaintiffs and Defendants.

    Myles H. Kitchen is an Automotive Electronics Engineer with over 45 years of hands-on design, development, testing, manufacturing, and technical marketing of Automotive Electronics Components & Systems for both OEM and Aftermarket. Background Experience - A licensed Racing Driver and 3 time series champion, Mr. Kitchen is "hands-on", and has worked on nearly every electronic system used in vehicles. He also has experience with Consumer Electronics Products, Medical Devices, and Voice Recognition / Natural Language Dialogue software platforms. He is a Lifetime SAE Member, on 4 current Committees for Cybersecurity and Diagnostics, and formerly served on SAE J2657 Tire Pressure Monitoring Committee. Mr. Kitchen is a former Design Engineer for Motorola's Automotive Division (ignitions, engine controls), former Director of Automotive for National Semiconductor (semiconductors for all types auto electronics), former Director Automotive for Intel Corp (micro controllers and memories for automotive), and former VP Product Development / VP Marketing / Sales for Zemco Group (OEM and Aftermarket automotive electronics products - cruise controls, trip computers, security, remote keyless entry, clocks, modules and more). He also was part owner of Quantic Industries, an OEM vendor of airbag squibs and energetic devices.  

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    Matthew I. Stein, PE
    Principal
    10591 Belford Place
    Truckee CA 96161
    USA
    phone: 530-587-7618
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    Stein Design is a Mechanical Engineering firm with an emphasis on Product Design and Development. Stein Design provides clients with technical expertise, creativity and styling to successfully develop new products and machines, improve existing products, and solve difficult engineering problems.

    Consulting Services:
    • Product Design and Development
    • 3-D CAD and Rapid Prototyping
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Finite Element Analysis
  • Industrial Design and Aesthetics
  • Machine Design and Automation
  • Patent Search and Assistance
  • Solar Engineering and Design
  • Matthew I. Stein, PE, principal of Stein Design, has 12 patents to his name and almost 40 years of Mechanical Engineering experience specializing in Product Design and Development. He has designed highly successful products for industry leaders such as Hewlett Packard, Seagate, IGT, Duraflame, Plantronics, and Haws.

    Mr. Stein is also a licensed contractor specializing in Green Building. Mr. Stein builds energy efficient, beautiful comfortable homes that minimize negative impacts on the environment. Mr. Stein is the best selling author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability & Surviving the Long Emergency. This is a very valuable guide to sustainable living & sustainable technologies; self reliant skills; and how to plan for, and deal with, future instabilities in the workings of our world as we come to grips with declines in oil production, collapsing ecosystems and climate change.

    Mr. Stein is a National Merit Scholar, MIT graduate, recipient of the "Straight T" award (MIT's highest athletic honor), and has extensive media experience on television, radio, and in public speaking engagements.

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    Matthew Stein, PE
    Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances. This book provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life's most unpredictable scenarios.
    Matthew Stein, PE
    This book, comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe.
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    Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF
    2017 CA - CPA of the Year
    Offices in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area
    Los Angeles CA USA
    phone: 818-631-3192
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    Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of Forensic Accounting, Intellectual Property Economic Damages, Royalty Audits, and General Economic Damages. 2017 California CPA of the Year & 2012 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year Mr. Blum is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA. As a world leading Royalty Auditor and Risk Advisor, he has deep knowledge of Georgia-Pacific factors and other major influencers on reasonable royalty rates for patent litigation. He led the national royalty audit practices for Big 4 firms Ernst & Young and KPMG where he also wrote the global methodologies for both firms. He is one of five members of the Board of Regents with the 80,000 member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Mr. Blum's clients have included Adobe, Amgen, Beats Electronics, DGA, Disney, Dolby, DreamWorks, DTS, DKNY, Ed Hardy, General Electric, General Motors, IGT, IMG, Marvel, Mattel, McDonalds, Microsoft, MLB, and the NFL to name a few. Commonly audited industries include consumer products, electronics, software, apparel, media and entertainment, aerospace, automotive for trademarks, patents and copyrights. Consulting Services:

    • Desk Audits and Field Audits
    • Forensic Accounting and Investigative Audits
    • Royalty Reporting / System Audits
    • Evaluation of License Agreements
    • Royalty Compliance and Monitoring Programs
    • Royalty Compliance / Monitoring Program Reviews

    Mr. Blum’s two books published by Oxford University Press and LexisNexis on financial terms in contracts are leading sources of valuable information for attorneys and contract negotiators. He has also made numerous presentations to law firms, professional groups, universities, and others regarding contract compliance and auditing. View Sidney Blum's Expert Witness Profile.

    9/13/2016 · Accounting
    Royalty auditing is a niche service that has exploded in popularity over the last 20 years. The primary purpose of a royalty audit is to test whether a licensee has complied with a license agreement or statutory requirement. The royalty auditor is hired by an intellectual property owner (aka, licensor) or minerals owner to inspect the books and records of a licensee primarily to determine if usage-based monetary amounts have been paid as contractually required. In addition to monetary damage calculations, most royalty audits examine for breach of contract in a wide variety of areas, such as intellectual property protection, record keeping, distribution channels, and permitted usage.

    Sidney P. Blum
    This book navigates readers through the nuances of drafting the best possible financial terms for license and other self-reporting agreements and shows how proper monitoring and auditing should occur once a deal is in place. The 2014 Edition includes updated information on how to properly write the financial aspects of royalty contracts to protect the licensor, licensee, and other concerned parties. Additional sample terms and "real-world" agreements have also been included.
    Sidney P. Blum
    This book navigates the nuances of drafting financial terms for license and other self-reporting agreements and shows how proper monitoring and auditing should occur once a deal is in place. This book will modernize and remold how agreements are written and will greatly enhance the bottom line of licensors and other contractors. Lawyers involved in drafting license and other self-reporting contracts typically understand boilerplate provisions but not the financial nuances that are subject to high degrees of interpretation that eventually costs their clients significant money and business relationships.
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    John Strawn
    President
    15 Willow
    Larkspur CA 94939
    USA
    phone: 415-927-8856
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    Dr. John Strawn, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1985) has over 30 years experience in software development (assembly language, Fortran, C, C++, Java, HTML, XML). He is experienced in digital signal processing, especially for audio and music, including audio compression such as MP-3. As an employee and as an independent consultant he has worked on teams in large and small companies on cutting-edge technology. Dr. Strawn has served as testifying expert in patent and trade secret cases, conducted extensive prior art searches, and written expert reports, working for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has conducted software analysis of thousands of pages of source code. Having been a Fulbright scholar in Germany, he can easily work with source material in German. He is an accomplished public speaker and has published extensively. 

    Testifying Experience: includes Lucent v. Microsoft (San Diego, CA, February 2007), at $1.5 billion one of the largest patent jury awards in US history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatel-Lucent_v._Microsoft).

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    Christopher M Daft, PhD
    2443 Fillmore St.
    Suite 380-4039
    San Francisco CA 94115-1814
    USA
    phone: 415-800-3734
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    Award winning, Oxford Educated scientist whose areas of expertise include medical imaging, electronics, semiconductors, medical devices, sensors, MEMS, signal processing and image processing.

    Dr Daft has deposition and trial testimony experience.

    Extensive Intellectual Property experience including patent development, analysis, licensing, and litigation. Serial inventor who holds 22 U.S. Patents with several pending.

    Completed more than 84 hours of SEAK Expert Witness Seminars, including patent-specific training.

    Diverse industry experience including multi-nationals such as GE, Medtronic, Fujifilm, Samsung and Siemens as well as several start-ups. Well published. Winner of grants from National Institute of Health. Extensive international consulting experience. IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Senior Member since 2004.

    Three years’ experience teaching electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois.

    Holds BA and MA in Physics from Oxford University as well as Doctorate from Oxford in Materials Science.



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    Rhonda Harper, MBA
    Fortune 100 CMO, Change Agent, Consultant
    Serving Clients Nationally
    Dallas TX 75214
    USA
    phone: 800-805-4096
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    Rhonda Harper, MBA 95+ Law Firms | 50+ Surveys | 45+ Depositions | 20+ Trials



    “Based on my experience, I very strongly recommend Rhonda Harper. She’s great to work with and her work product is absolutely top-shelf.”

    - Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP



    Surveys * Trademark and Trade Dress Infringement * Advertising * Licensing

    Commercial Reasonableness * Brand * Defamation * Retail * Marketing * Business



    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Founder & CEO, Penrose Check-In Services, LLC Dallas, TX – Present

    CMO & VP Marketing, Walmart Sam’s Club, Bentonville, AR

    CMO & VP Marketing, VF Corporation VFI, Alpharetta, GA

    SVP, Ketchum Public Relations, Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX

    Global Director, Marketing Communications, UPS, Atlanta, GA

    Marketing Promotion Director, Nabisco Biscuit Division, E. Hanover, NJ



    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    International Trademark Association (INTA)

    American Marketing Association

    Brand Activation Association, Board of Directors

    Council of American Survey Research Organizations

    American Association for Public Opinion Research

    Marketing Research Association



    EDUCATION

    Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1988

    Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Education / Math Resource, Illinois State University, 1984



    OTHER

    Adjunct Marketing Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson, Madison, NJ

    M.B.A. Case Competition Judge, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

    Board of Directors, Emory University Goizueta Business School Alumni Association

    Co-Founder and Board Member Emerita, Leadership Worth Following, Dallas, TX

    Winner: Cartier Women’s Initiative 2017, co-sponsored by McKinsey & Co.

    Winner: AARP Innovation@50+ 2016
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    Thomas Read, PhD
    Principal
    1435 Fulton Rd.
    Santa Rosa CA 95403
    USA
    phone: 707-544-2374
    fax: 707-544-2370
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    Expert Background: Dr. Thomas L. Read is the Principal and CEO at A. Read Consulting, LLC. He received his PhD. from Stanford University in 1972 and has over 25 years of manufacturing experience in electronics, metallurgy, factory safety, failure analysis, glass fracture, glass failure and bottle failure. As a member of the electronics industry, he has earned process patents and has an extensive background in manufacturing techniques.

    In parallel, Dr. Read has spent over twenty five years as a consultant to attorneys and engineers. He has given more than 100 depositions and has appeared in court numerous times.

    Company Profile: Read Consulting, LLC is a full service laboratory providing services in the following areas:
  • Failure Analysis; Factory Safety and Personal Injury (including machine guards and manufacturing safety)
  • Glass Failure Analysis - Glass Fracture, Glass Failures and Bottle Failure
  • Metal and Ceramic Failure
  • Grinding Wheel Failures
  • Intellectual Property and Patent Disputes
  • Product Liability and Product Quality
  • Manufacturing Disagreements (such as Intellectual Property, Failed equipment and Contract Disputes)
  • Reverse Engineering
  • As "water hammer" (i.e. liquid impact) has the potential to cause glass bottle failure, Read Consulting LLC created two such failures to study the resulting fracture surface details.

    4/23/2015 · Failure Analysis
    Read Consulting was asked to determine why a welded chair failed and caused injury to the person sitting in it.

    The root cause of the failure of customer returns of heated automobile rear view mirrors was investigated.

    During normal operation, the arm on an automatic wafer test station failed. Root cause failure analysis determined that the drive shaft on the right angle gear motor used to raise and lower the manipulator arm had failed first.

    5/21/2012 · Failure Analysis
    This grinding wheel was part of a product liability and personnel injury case. It was claimed that the subject wheel had unexpectedly failed (i.e. flown apart) and an escaping piece had hit the plaintiff in the face causing serious injuries. According to the user, the grinder with the wheel was purchased approximately one hour before the grinding wheel failure.

    3/29/2012 · Failure Analysis
    A failed plastic lawn chair was examined to determine the cause of failure. This chair failed on the premises of a restaurant In this study the subject chair is examined and compared to several exemplar purchased at the same time. The objective of this study is to determine the cause of failure.

    11/8/2011 · Failure Analysis
    Glass Failure Analysis Expert Witness performs a failure analysis of a several tempered glass doors that had "spontaneously" failed at a construction site. The objective of this glass failure analysis is to determine the cause of failure and make recommendations to the contractor.

    8/30/2011 · Failure Analysis
    Materials failure analysis expert performs a failure analysis to determine the source of a metal piece found in tomato product.

    5/17/2011 · Failure Analysis
    A plumbing failure analysis was performed to determine why a cold water supply line to a bathroom sink had failed after only one year of service.

    A glass failure expert witness performs a root cause failure analysis on an exploding beer bottle. The object of this root cause failure analysis is to determine the cause of the bottle failure.

    7/7/2009 · Design
    Before expending the effort necessary to reverse engineer a device or object, it must be definite that the object under study is not covered by one or more patents. This avoids a dispute over patent violations. Once it has been established that no patent coverage exists, one can use multiple techniques to reverse engineer a product. These are summarized below:

    The cracked tank was first inspected in the "as received" condition. In this condition it was cracked, but it was still whole. Next, the failed tank was separated by pulling it apart. This was done to expose the fracture surfaces of the main crack. This allowed for a complete failure analysis and for a determination of where the crack initiated.

    Glass fractography is the most effective method for determining why a glass object, such as a bottle, failed. This technique consists of examining the fracture surfaces of the failure for artifacts such as Wallner lines and using them to trace the crack back to its origin. Once the origin has been identified, it can be examined in detail with a microscope to determine the cause of the failure.

    1/28/2006 · Failure Analysis
    Note: Glass Fractography is the most effective method for determining why a glass object, such as a bottle, failed. This technique consists of examining the fracture surfaces of the failure for artifacts such as Wallner lines and using them to trace the crack back to its origin

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