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Alireza Babaei

Wireless Technology Specialist

Alireza focuses on R&D activities and intellectual property rights development for several wireless technologies. He is an avid inventor with an extensive number of granted or pending US and international patents on 5G New Radio, LTE/LTE-A, and Wi-Fi technologies. Prior to Ofinno, Alireza held senior research positions at CableLabs and Wireless@VT, and actively contributed to various standard development bodies including 3GPP, IEEE 802 and Wi-Fi Alliance. He is a recipient of the Ofinno prolific inventor award, the 2012 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award, the IEEE ICC 2012 wireless networking symposium best paper award, and an outstanding graduate student award in 2009. He was a guest editor for IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine, an organizer of IEEE ICC 2015 workshop on “LTE over unlicensed bands,” and the industry presentations chair of IEEE GLOBECOM 2016. Alireza has authored more than 40 publications in international conferences and journals. He is a senior member of IEEE and a registered patent agent for practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University.

Ali Cagatay Cirik

Wireless Technology Specialist

Ali’s primary research interests include 5G new radio, MIMO signal processing, full-duplex communication and convex optimization. Prior to joining Ofinno, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Wireless Communications, Oulu, Finland and The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Formerly an Industrial Postdoctoral Researcher at Sierra Wireless, his industrial experience also includes internships at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs and Broadcom Corporation. Ali has authored more than 50 publications in refereed international journals and conferences including more than 20 IEEE Transactions papers, and served on the Technical Program Committees for several major IEEE conferences on communications, including IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (Globecom), IEEE International Conference on Communications, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference. Ali holds a Ph.D.in electrical engineering from the University of California, Riverside. He earned his B.S and M.S. degrees in telecommunications and electronics engineering from Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Esmael Dinan

Founder and CEO

Esmael has more than twenty years of research and development experience with tech firms such as WorldCom, Bechtel Communications, Sprint, and Clearwire. He led research and development projects in areas of wireless and wireline networking technologies that included LTE Advanced, Evolved Packet Core, 5G New Radio, and 5G Core Networks. While leading and inspiring the Ofinno team, he never stops his own research — he has over one thousand granted or pending patent applications in his name. Esmael received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia in 2001.

Bonnie Gerheauser

Executive Assistant

Bonnie comes to Ofinno after engagements at the University of Phoenix and Sallie Mae. She is a former Civil Service employee, with ten years of service working for both the General and Chief of Staff of the US Army, Berlin, and at the U.S. Air Force’s Flight Surgeons Clinic in Okinawa, Japan. Bonnie was raised in Maine and is an avid Red Sox Fan.

Steve Gion

Operations Director

Steve has more than thirteen years of experience in operations across multiple industries. Prior to joining Ofinno, he was the Regional Logistics Manager for Data Center Infrastructure Operations in Northern Virginia at Amazon Web Services. He also held positions in Amazon as a Senior Financial Analyst and as a fulfillment center Area Manager. Additionally, he served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Steve received his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Idaho, and earned an MBA from the University of Maryland.

David Grossman

Vice President, Intellectual Property

David Grossman is a Patent Attorney and electrical engineer with over 20 issued patents. In addition to working at Ofinno, David is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law and at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. Before joining Ofinno, David was the Assistant Director of Technology Transfer for George Mason University, research editor of “Tomorrow’s Technology Transfer: The Journal of the Association of University Technology Managers,” and had an intellectual property law practice.

Early in his career, David designed a beam steering controller for the US Navy’s Aegis phased array antenna and digital waveform generators. From there, David was a toy designer for Fisher-Price, built and sold several companies, wrote flight code for the Air Force APEX satellite, and led the software and avionics development for several rocket programs including the X-34 rocket plane.

He is a Past President of the National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP). David received a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Bing Hui

Senior Research Scientist

At Ofinno, Bing’s research spans the 3GPP NR 5G systems, NR V2X, and mmWave based mobile relay networks. Prior to joining Ofinno, he was a senior researcher in ETRI, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, and before that a postdoctoral research fellow in the Electrical Engineering Department of Inha University. Bing received his BS degree in communication engineering from Northeastern University, Shenyang, China, and his MS degree and PhD at the Graduate School of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Inha University, Incheon, Republic of Korea.

Sheryll Jenkins

US Filing Coordinator

Sheryll brings 28 years of patent experience to Ofinno, including accounting and IP paralegal expertise. Prior to working at Ofinno, LLC she was at Oblon, McCelland, Maier & Neustadt and BSKB. On weekends, Sheryll enjoys crafting and being with her family.

Hyoungsuk Jeon

Inventor, Radio Technologies

Hyoungsuk works primarily on 3GPP air interface and backhaul transmission and reception, focusing on message signaling down to message format design for the procedures in PHY/MAC layers such as initial access, beam management, power control. With broad experience in patent applications including the patent drafting, prosecution, and analysis stages, he is an inventor of over one hundred granted or pending patent applications. Prior to joining Ofinno, Hyoungsuk developed automation algorithms such as self-healing, load-balancing, and capacity and coverage optimization for self-organizing networks, commercially tested and deployed in live networks of major cities. His experience ranges from database design, normalizing major network vendors’ management data such as configuration management (CM), performance management (PM), key performance indicator (KPI), and call trace (CT) down to design of automation algorithms operating with the database in real time.

As a researcher in the field of wireless communications, Hyoungsuk has authored over forty journal and conference papers. Two of his journal papers were nominated in IEEE’s Best Readings in Communications and Information Systems Security. Hyoungsuk earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Dongguk University and his M.S and Ph.D in Information and Communication Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Youngwoo Kwak

Wireless Technology Specialist

Youngwoo joined Ofinno in 2019, after his time as a technical leader of MIMO at Samsung Electronics. He has worked on the physical layer implementation of 5G testbed, standardization of LTE-A, and recently NR. Youngwoo received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Seoul National University and his B.S. in electrical engineering from Pohang University of Science and Technology.

Lindsey Kelly

IP Paralegal

Lindsey received her bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies, with a minor in Public Administration, from Marion Military Institute and Liberty University in 2019. When she is not at work you can find her spending time with family, traveling, or enjoying the outdoors.

Ericka Medina

Foreign Filing Coordinator

In addition to managing foreign prosecution at Ofinno, Ericka assists with social media, marketing, public relations, and accounting. A native of New Jersey, she received her BA in Political Science and Public Policy from The George Washington University here in Washington, DC, and studied law at the University of Westminster in London, England. During her free time, you can find her playing board games with her fiancé, hanging out with her dog, or working on a new creative project.

Kavon Nasabzadeh

Patent Development Director

With over a decade’s experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, Kavon leads Ofinno’s patent portfolio management and prosecution efforts. He has shepherded hundreds of patent applications to issuance in a wide variety of technical areas including key underlying technologies found in 3GPP and Wi-Fi standards — MIMO, precoding, forward error correction, multiple access schemes, and wireless network architectures. Kavon also has experience in inter partes review and reexamination proceedings at the USPTO, as well as district court and ITC litigation matters.

Prior to joining Ofinno, he worked at a leading IP boutique firm and as an engineer in the telecommunications industry developing state-of-the-art test and measurement systems. Kavon has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Lafayette College, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, and a JD from the George Washington University.

Kyungmin Park

Technology Research and Development Chair

Kyungmin focuses on research and development of radio access network procedures for LTE Advanced and LTE Advanced Pro, as well as for New Radio for 5G. Prior to joining Ofinno, he held a senior research position at LG Electronics and participated in 3GPP standardization activities. Kyungmin is an inventor in over three hundred granted or pending US patent applications. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea in 2011.

Weihua Qiao

Senior Researcher/Inventor

Weihua Qiao has 19 years of experience researching and developing communication systems, from 3G to 5G, with a particular focus on the core network. He is an expert on Policy (e.g. QoS) and Charging Control, Network Slicing and Data Communication. Weihua has 10 years of experience on 3GPP standardization and has served as 3GPP CT3 Chairman for four years.

Nazanin Rastegardoost

Wireless Technology Specialist

Nazanin’s main focus is on the research and development of radio access network procedures for LTE Advanced and 5G New Radio. Prior to joining Ofinno, she was an Intern with Bell Labs in Stuttgart, Germany. She profoundly enjoys writing, from patent specifications to short stories and poetry, and perhaps novels in the future. Nazanin received her BS degree from the University of Tehran and her PhD degree from George Mason University, both in Electrical Engineering.

Jinsook Ryu

Wireless Technology Specialist

Jinsook is an inventor of 36 US patents and more than 100 pending patents. Prior to joining Ofinno, she was a 3GPP SA2 delegate, contributing to cellular system architecture enhancements for IoT as well as access and mobility management architecture for 4G and 5G systems. At LG Electronics, Jinsook was a team leader for GERAN standards and played a key role in the development of a modem chip set for base station/mobile GSM/GPRS/WCDMA. She is a freethinker who is inspired by the knowledge that her inventions help people by creating practical solutions for advanced cellular systems.

Phil Smith

Senior Patent Attorney

Both a lawyer and an engineer, Phil joined Ofinno for the opportunity to work with other engineers on a daily basis during the patent application process. His prior work was in private practice at the law firm of Muncy, Geissler, Olds, & Lowe, drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to wireless communication systems, satellite positioning, optical data transmission devices, circuit design and fabrication, and data management. At the same time, he helped a friend apply for a patent on Relief Sculptures and Related Methods, which issued as U.S. Patent No. 9,782,997. Prior to private practice, Phil was at the Patent Office for just under ten years, examining applications relating to surgical endoscopes by day and studying law evenings at George Mason University, where he received his Juris Doctor. Philip holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Bioengineering, from Penn State University.

Peyman Talebi Fard

Senior Research Scientist

Prior to joining Ofinno, Peyman worked with Ericsson Research in Montreal, Canada and the Huawei Research and Innovation Center in Santa Clara. He has served as a technical committee member and reviewer for ACM, IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, and other journals, as well as published and presented his own research at international conferences and in journals. Peyman is an alumni of BIHE and is currently serving as a member of the advisory committee and a faculty member (with more than 10 years of university teaching experience) in their Computer Engineering Department, mentoring and supervising students at the undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels. Peyman received his PhD and MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, and his BEng from Carleton University in Ottawa, with high distinction and receiving the Senate Medal for high academic achievements.

Kai Xu

Senior Research Scientist

Kai is currently working on 5G NR system design and solutions in the areas of MIMO, Beam Management, NR-U, Mobility Enhancement, V2X, and more. Prior to Ofinno, he worked in 3GPP standard, research, and system design for 14 years at Motorola Labs, the Fujitsu R&D Center, and the Huawei Standard Department. His 4G LTE projects covered several areas of the wireless system, including FD-MIMO, Carrier Aggregation, EPDCCH, Small Cell enhancement, D2D, 3D BF, MIMO, CoMP, and LAA technologies for standardization. He also worked on the LTE system architecture and design, LTE baseband algorithms, IEEE 802.16e/m baseband algorithm, LTE/WiMAX link and system level performance evaluation, and Content Delivery Network. He has published and been granted more than one hundred patents in wireless communication in the U.S.,China, and Europe countries.

Hua Zhou

Wireless Technology Specialist

Hua‘s research areas cover radio access network technologies/procedures for IEEE 802.16, LTE Advanced, LTE Advanced Pro, and New Radio for 5G. Prior to working for Ofinno, he held a research expert position at Fujitsu and participated in IEEE and 3GPP standardization activities. He received his Ph.D. in communication and information systems from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

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