Top 25 most prolific San Jose, CA patent holders!
We’re pleased to share the Top 25 most prolific San Jose-based utility patent holders!
Please note this is USPTO utility patent data analyzed between January 4, 2005 through February 21, 2023.
These insights were derived directly from USPTO data and publicly available LinkedIn and social media detail.
Where no information was readily available, we’ve left notations blank but the ranking intact. (It’s our hope we can connect with these individuals so that we may offer some background to complement their names.)
We will monitor USPTO patent grant updates and attempt to make any modifications where the need for reordering of the stack rankings arise. At a minimum, quarterly updates will occur. In the event of a shared number of patents, the patent holder with the most recent patent grant will be listed first.
And now, for the San Jose Top 25!
Meet Shan Liu
Ms. Liu is a self-described “technology builder, from innovation to product.” She has been the General Manager of global R&D groups, contributor and editor of international standards, and a Fellow of the IEEE.
Ms. Liu is Tencent’s Distinguished Scientist and General Manager of Tencent Media Lab and has served as General Manager of XR-media Technology Center, Interactive Entertainment Group (Tencent Games).
She received her Bachelor of Engineering – BE, Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University and both her Master of Science – MS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering as well as her Doctor of Philosophy – Ph.D., Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Meet SeungHee Han
Mr. Han is a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation.
Meet Zvi Or-Bach
Mr. Or-Bach is the founder and CEO of MonolithIC 3D Inc. and is a renowned expert in monolithic 3D technologies. Prior to founding and running MonolithIC 3D, Or-Bach founded eASIC in 1999 and served as its CEO for six years. Previously. Mr. Or-Bach founded Chip Express in 1989 and served as the company’s President and CEO for 10 years.
Mr. Or-Bach received his BSc degree (1975) cum laude in electrical engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and his MSc (1979) with distinction in computer science, from the Weizmann Institute, Israel.
Meet Stephen Pacetti
Mr. Pacetti has been responsible for the development of polymeric, bioresorbable, and metallic materials for permanently implanted devices based on biocompatibility, mechanical and chemical properties. Areas of focus are controlled drug delivery from intravascular devices, drug coated balloons, intravascular stent coatings, coating processes, and intravascular stent materials.
In 1970, Mr. Pacetti received his B.S., Chemistry from Emory University. He pursued his M.S., Physical-Organic Chemistry in 1982 from the University of California, Berkeley, where his thesis work was in kinetic acidity of substituted benzenes, and an M.S., Chemical Engineering in 1985 from the University of Houston where his MS thesis was on two-phase flow fluid mechanics.
Meet Greg Burd
Mr. Burd is a SVP, SSD Engineering at Marvell Semiconductor.
Mr. Burd received his Master’s of Science – MS, Mathematics in 1999 from University of Washington.
Meet Shaohua Yang
Dr. Yang is an engineering director and technical lead for DSP R&D, focusing on data detection, error control coding, modulation coding, data security, and data compression IPs. Their team has delivered the majority of the IPs in Avago/LSI read channel products and achieved multiple-billion-dollar design wins.
Dr. Yang received their B.ENG, Electronics Engineering in 2000 from Tsinghua University and received their Ph.D., Electrical Engineering in 2004 from Harvard University.
Meet Dan Grenier
Mr. Greiner is a Senior Scientist in the Systems Architecture department where he has worked for more than 10 years developing the instruction-set architecture for System Z.
He is currently the editor of the CPU portion of the z/Architecture Principles of Operation manual. Mr. Greiner has received the IBM Master Inventor award and a Thirteenth Plateau IBM Invention Achievement Award. Prior to IBM, Mr. Greiner worked for 22 years at Amdahl Corporation in a variety of customer support, marketing, firmware engineering, and management positions.
Dan Greiner received a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Illinois–Chicago in 1972.
Meet Cyprian Emeka Uzoh
Mr. Uzoh’s “Method of Making Electroplated Interconnection Structures on Integrated Circuit Chips” patent earned him The Inventor Of The Year award of 2006 from the New York Intellectual Property Association.
Mr. Uzoh attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his graduate education as a NASA Fellow.
Meet Dharmendra Modha
Dr. Modha self-describes as bringing “brain-inspired computers to society”. He is an IBM fellow and Chief Scientist for “brain-inspired computing”, and is the founding manager of the Brain-Inspired Computing Group at IBM Research.
Dr. Modha received his B. Tech., Computer Science & Engineering, 1986 – 1990 from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and his Ph. D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, 1991 – 1996 from UC San Diego.
Meet Yingda Dong
Currently, Dr. Dong is with SanDisk Corporation, working on NAND flash memory devices.
Dr. Dong received his B.S. degree in physics from Fudan University, Shanghai, China in 1997, and his M.S. degree in physics from the University of Delaware in 1999, with thesis work on magnetic tunneling junction and MRAM devices. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2004 with work on high-speed InP heterojunction bipolar transistors.
Meet Dirk Leopold
Dr. Leopold is the President and Founder at equal1.labs. He has been working in semiconductor physics, semiconductor circuits, and circuit system design at various semiconductor OEM and start-up companies – this includes semiconductor device design, cell phone circuitry, and optical sensor design among other focus areas.
Dr. Leopold has created innovative circuit concepts, such as the Digital Radio Processor with Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, USA, allowing the integration of cell phone radio front-end in a digital CMOS process and the first high-volume CMOS power amplifier for cell phones. These products have been deployed in over two billion devices worldwide.
Leopold has been working on a foundry SOI quantum computer based on entangled quantum aperture logic (equal) which allows very dense quantum computer implantation as single chip since 2015. He is currently a President of Equal1 Labs, Dublin, Ireland, where he has been working on a commercial quantum computer solution based on CMOS technology.
Dr. Leipold received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Konstanz in 1995.
Meet Baker Scott
Mr. Scott is the Director of Engineering at RFMD. He has focused on advanced development for CMOS front end modules, among other areas.
He received his Master’s of Science – MS, mixed signal semiconductor from University of Arizona in 1981 and his BS – Electrical Engineering from University of Florida in 1978.
Meet Yuniarto Widjaja
Dr. Widjaja is CEO & Founder of Zeno Semiconductor, Inc. Prior he was the Program Manager of Silicon Storage Technology.
He received his BS, Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1997 and his Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2002.
Meet Peter Hopper
Mr. Hopper is a Retired Technologist and acts as a Technology Consultant. His LinkedIn says he is currently sailing around the world on their yacht, helping people that we meet with Green Tech – for free. Prior to this, Mr. Hopper was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Texas Instruments where he managed Santa Clara’s Device Technology Research Group for Texas Instruments, served as a Director, Device Technology Research for National Semiconductor where he managed the new process & device technology research programs and served as Director of Technology for Silvaco where he developed “Virtual Wafer Fab” Software Framework.
Mr. Hopper received his BSc, MSc, Research towards PhD, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Micro-Electronics and MEMS from University of Dundee in 1987.
Meet Po-Kai Huang
Dr. Huang is currently working as a System Engineer with the Intel Corporation. His interests are in the areas of wireless networks including wireless cross-layer control, resource allocation, and delay performance analysis. Dr. Huang received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 2004 and 2006, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University in 2013.
Meet Zheng Gao
An Engineering Leader, Mr. Gao managed multiple product design teams to develop consumer electronics from concepts to mass production. He has served as a key product design engineer on many Apple and Tesla products, including USB C, force-sensing trackpads, MagSafe charging interface, keyboards, magic mouse, Lightning and Thunderbolt interface and many customized connectors on Mac, iPad and Apple TV, and Liquid-cool car computer, car displays, cameras and the audio system in Tesla Model 3.
Mr. Gao received his BS, Control Engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1999. He then received his MS, Mechanical and Control Engineering in 2002 from Sichuan University. In 2004, Mr. Gao received his MS, Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University.
Meet Johann Alsmeier
Mr. Alsmeier is currently the Senior Director at Western Digital Corporation, specifically for SanDisk, a Western Digital Brand. He held Director and Senior Principal Device roles there as well.
Mr. Alsmeier received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Physics from University of Hamburg, LMU Munich.
Meet Greg Christie
Mr. Christie joined Apple in 1996 to work on its ill-fated Newton “personal digital assistant”, but then remained to become a key player in its software side, surviving a wide-ranging clearout of existing staff when Steve Jobs returned and took over the company in 1997.
Mr. Christie’s work on the iPhone’s user interface and design helped to revolutionize the smartphone industry, and his contributions to the device were instrumental in making it one of the most successful products in Apple’s history. He left Apple in 2014.
Meet Kartik Ramaswamy
Dr. Ramaswamy is an engineering technologist with a multidisciplinary background in the semiconductor processing space, including plasma doping, plasma etching, and greenhouse gas abatement. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering with a background in RF, electromagnetics, charged particle dynamics and semiconductors.
He studied electric power engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his BE (EEE), MSc (math), Electrical and Electronics, mathematics (dual degree) from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in 1989.
He received his Ph.D., M.S., Electrical Engineering (Major: Electrophysics Minor: Semiconductors) from University of Maryland in 1996.
Dr. Ramaswamy further studied and received his Master of Science (MS), gas dynamics heat transfer fluid dynamics thermodynamics from San Jose State University in 2011.
Meet Nitin Ingle
Dr. Ingle is a Technologist, Etch Division (Selective Etch) with Applied Materials focused on CVD for advanced gap fill/trench isolation techniques. He’s led to the development of new CVD methods “never before used in the semiconductor industry”, per LinkedIn, the development of new types of films and materials and highly selective and isotropic etching techniques> He’s also pioneered the introduction of a new method of removing films, which is a replacement of the established wet methods.
Dr. Ingle received his BTech, Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and pursued his PhD, Chemical Engineering (III-V semiconductors, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Parallel Processing) in 1995 from the University at Buffalo.
Meet Robert Miller
Until 2016, Dr. Miller managed the Advanced Organic Materials Department at the IBM Almaden Research Laboratory. His research activities have included: basic photochemical processes and mechanisms, radiation-sensitive polymers and microlithography, synthetic methods utilizing multifunctional synthons, synthetic applications of strained ring materials and many others.
Since 2017, he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Material Sciences and Engineering Department at Stanford University.
He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Materials Research Society.
During his career, he has received five IBM awards for outstanding technical achievements, 43 invention plateau awards and is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.
Dr. Miller was elected a Fellow of the Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) in 2006, the Materials Research Society (MRS) in 2007 and the American Chemical Society in 2011.
In 2009, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and is the recipient of the 2010 American Chemical Society award for Chemistry of Materials.
Meet Jian Chen
Mr. Chen serves as the Senior VP, 3D NAND Technology Development of SanDisk. He started at SanDisk in 1996. Mr. Chen studied EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) at UC Berkeley and solid-state physics at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.
Meet Madhur Bobde
Dr. Bobhe is the Chief Technology Officer of Alpha & Omega Semiconductor. Prior to this, he served as the Sr. Director/Vice President/Sr. Vice President, Device Technology, Device Technology for Alpha & Omega and as the Director, Device R&D for Vishay Siliconix. He has also held Design Engineering Manager and Staff Design Engineer roles for Alpha & Omega and Intel Corporation, respectively.
Dr. Bobhe attended the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay where he received his B.Tech; M.Tech, Electrical Engineering in 1997, and Dr. Bobhe received his P.hD, Solid state devices & Processing; Power Semiconductor Devices in 2000 from North Carolina State University.
Meet Yuchen Zhou
Dr. Zhou is the Founder, CEO of Applied Cells. Prior to this, he served as a Director at Avalanche Technology Inc. and a Manager at Headway Technologies.
Dr. Zhou received his Bachelor of Physics & EE from University of Science and Technology of China in 2000. He received his M.S., ECE in 2002 and received his Ph.D., ECE in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon University.
Meet Joe Ranish
Dr. Ranish has a broad background in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and programming. He has specialized knowledge in lamp technology, radiation delivery systems, high temperature chemistry, analytical chemistry, non-imaging optics, temperature measurement, materials, heat and mass transport modelling. Serving as a Consultant currently, Dr. Ranish has worked at Applied Materials and GE. He also served as a Senior Research Chemist at GE Lighting in the past and as a Research Assistant at The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Ranish received his Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Fuel Science in 1984 from Penn State University with a Thesis of Kinetics of the Carbon-Oxygen Reaction.
He studied Nuclear Engineering at The Bettis Reactor Engineering School from 1975 – 1979 and pursued his Master of Science – MS, Physical Chemistry 1969-1970 at The University of Chicago.