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Akiko Kobayashi, Ph.D.
Principal, LambentIP
U.S. Patent Agent, Registered in 1999, Reg. No. 44,843

Dr. Kobayashi has extensive experience in patent practice before the USPTO in electronics, mechanics and software arts as well as in business methods. She also handles international cases including PCT filings and direct foreign filings in collaboration with our foreign associates.  Further, she has experience working as an in-house patent practitioner for a start-up company in San Diego, where she provided litigation and reexamination support for outside counsel, trained company's engineers on patent basics, and implemented the IP protection process, in addition to drafting numerous patent applications directed to the company's technology.

Before entering patent practice, Dr. Kobayashi was a member of the technical staff in Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies (formerly AT&T), working on various R&D projects related to power electronics and power semiconductor devices. 

Prior to her corporate R&D tenure, Dr. Kobayashi obtained a Ph.D. in solid state physics from the University of Illinois and subsequently spent some more years in academia as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maryland.  Her research interests included electronic structures and phonon states in semiconductors and hetero-structures, novel material growth simulations, hetero-epitaxial strain effects, Anderson localization and other topics in solid state physics.

Related Employment:

Visiting Professor, JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Patent Agent, Rayspan Corporation
Patent Agent, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP
Patent Agent, Keisen Associates (formerly Omori & Yaguchi, LLC)
Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies (formerly AT&T)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics, University of Maryland

Education
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MS in Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology
BS in Physics, Kyoto University