The Technical Expert Solution for IP Teams
The individual members of the GHB Intellect management team were carefully chosen in order to ensure that every aspect of intellectual property and engineering expertise was well covered. The expert management team was hand-selected based upon their relationships within the IP community, their extensive educations, and their significant career achievements. We are pleased to share our primary decision makers and their backgrounds. For more information, please reach out to our team today!
Dr. Ghobad Heidari, Founder & President
Ghobad Heidari has over 25 years of technology research and development, IP analysis, and management experience. His expertise areas include wireless communication systems and standards, consumer electronics, satellite communications, semiconductors, and embedded systems. Since 2007, he has been involved with IP management and analyses, engineering designs and developments, as well as IP litigation support. Previously, he has served as VP of Engineering at various small and large corporations (WiLinx Corp, Olympus Corp) where he researched, developed and standardized various short-range, high-speed wireless communication systems. Prior to that, he held various technical and management positions at Nokia, AT&T, and various startup tech companies.
Dr. Heidari has a PhD from Purdue University, has over 30 granted patents and a multitude of conference and journal papers. He has taught various courses at University of California. He has had extensive experiences with and contributions to various industry standards (3GPP2, IEEE 802.11, Bluetooth, USB-IF, etc.). He is the author of WiMedia UWB for Wireless USB and Bluetooth, John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
Peter Johnson, Vice President of IP Solutions & Monetization
A Certified Licensing Professional, Peter Johnson has helped transact billions of dollars across hundreds of patent transactions for some of the world’s leading technologies and innovators. In his current role as VP of IP Solutions and Monetization at GHB Intellect, he helps leading innovators, institutions, law firms, and corporate entities solve their IP challenges and achieve their IP business goals.
Peter has 20 years of patent brokering, negotiation and transaction, and management experience in the IP arena. He specializes in medical device, biotech and pharma, health, communications, software and high-tech areas. He previously founded a patent brokerage firm and served as executive with world-class patent licensing and IP monetization teams at various organizations, including iCap Patent Brokerage and NantWorks. Prior to that, he supported multi-billion dollar IP owners Boston Scientific Corporation, Johnson and Johnson, Stryker, Google, IBM, NASA and Novartis as well as leading institutions Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Mayo Foundation, and the Cleveland Clinic.
Peter worked previously as a patent attorney in California and Utah, holds a J.D. from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, and has undergrad training in physics and biology. He is a named inventor on a micro stimulator patent with the late billionaire innovator Alfred Mann. He served with Honorable Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the U.S. District Court of Idaho and former Honorable Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Cyrus Emami, Director of Business Development
Cyrus Emami has over two decades of experience in the software industry, with extensive skills in the areas of engineering, quality assurance, and user experience management. He has held various positions with IBM, HP, Motorola, and Dell. He was actively involved with three high tech startups from ground up in the role of business development.
Cyrus received his BS in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin and his MS in Computer Science from Texas State University. He was elected president of Association of Professionals of Austin and also served as a board member at OptoMed Inc. He is an integral member of GHB Intellect thanks to his ability to identify and pair unique client needs with our core intellectual property consulting services.
GHB Intellect’s advisory board is comprised of industry thought leaders in multiple fields and with decades of experience. Their knowledge and expertise contribute immensely to GHB Intellect’s full service IP consulting and litigation support, helping to provide unparalleled value to our clients.
Ross Farahani, PhD
Dr. Farahani received his PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1980. Over the past 27 years he has been employed by several of the semiconductor industry leaders (United Technologies Mostek, SGS Thompson, AMD, and Intel), where he was instrumental in the development and integration of multiple innovative processes in semiconductors device fabrication and packaging assembly. Many of the processes are still in production. His work experience encompasses interconnect process technology development and integration for DRAM, Flash nonvolatile memory, microprocessor, and high voltage Bipolar. While at AMD, he also managed the integration group responsible for interconnect technology research, development and integration for high voltage bipolar technology. Dr. Farahani was an AMD Technical Fellow and has numerous publications and patents in the area of semiconductor interconnect metallization.
Graham Beaton, PhD
Dr. Beaton is a life sciences entrepreneur engaged in developing new product opportunities in healthcare and bolsters the GHB Intellect technology development service offering. He is President and co-founder of Epigen Biosciences Inc., a project incubator located in San Diego and co-founder and acting Chief Science Officer at Curtana Pharmaceuticals, an early stage startup engaged in the discovery and development of novel targeted treatments for glioblastoma and other brain cancers. Dr. Beaton has gained more than 20 years working experience in the healthcare sector with respect to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology from companies including Amgen, DuPont Pharmaceuticals and Neurocrine Biosciences.
Hossein Rahbar, PhD
Prof. Rahbar obtained his PhD degree in Statistics from Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan, in 1988. In 2008, Dr. Rahbar joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) as Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health. He also serves as Director, Biostatistics/Epidemiology/Research Design (BERD) component of Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) at UTHealth. In 2012, Prof. Rahbar was appointed as the founding Director of the Division of Clinical and Translational Sciences (DCTS) in the Department of Internal Medicine at UTHealth.
Currently, he is a tenured professor in Internal Medicine and the School of Public Health. Prof. Rahbar is a member of several professional organizations including Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM), American Statistical Association (ASA), Society of Epidemiological Research (SER), International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), Canadian-USA Clinical Epidemiology Network, Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute. He serves as a member of Advisory Group to the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding Maternal and Perinatal Health Research and Reproductive Epidemiology. He is Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Autism (AJA) and recipient of several prestigious grant awards from NICHD, NIEHS, NHLBI, NINDS, DoD, and WHO.
Farah Babakhani, PhD
Dr. Babakhani has 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry and diagnostic laboratory management. She was a key contributor to the microbiological development of the recently approved Fidaxomicin antibiotic and contributed to pre-clinical development of other anti-infectives. Her contributions have led to several peer-reviewed publications and patent authorships. Prior to working in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Babakhani managed a diagnostic clinical microbiology laboratory.
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