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Dr. Lavian is a scientist, technologist, and lecturer at UC Berkeley Engineering with 30 years of experience. He specializes in telecommunications, network communications, wireless, and Internet protocols, including mobile devices, smartphones, wireless LAN (WLAN), routing, LAN/WAN, Ethernet, TCP/IP, UDP, IP, VoIP, web, and streaming media. Dr. Lavian has invented over 120 patents. 

Served as an expert in over 60 patent-related cases where I wrote expert reports and testified in depositions, courts and in front of a jury. Testified in Federal courts, in USPTO PTAB IPR, and in the ITC. The cases involved leading companies including Google, Motorola, Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper, HP, T-Mobile, Ericsson, LG, Facebook, Samsung. and Apple. 


 Network communications, telecommunications, Internet protocols, and mobile wireless:

  • Communication networks: Internet protocols; TCP/IP suite; TCP; UDP; IP; Ethernet; network protocols; network software applications; data link, network, and transport layers (L2, L3, L4), data center network architecture
  • Internet software: Internet software applications; distributed computing; cloud computing; Web applications; FTP; HTTP; Java; client-server; file transfer
  • Routing/switching: LAN; WAN; VPN; routing protocols; RIP; BGP; MPLS; OSPF; IS-IS; multicast, DNS; QoS; switching; packet switching; network infrastructure; network communication architectures
  • Mobile wireless: wireless LAN; 802.11; cellular systems; mobile devices; smartphone technologies
  • Unified Communications: PSTN, circuit switching, IP telephony, VoIP, SIP, SS7, video and audio conferencing, streaming media, e-mail, instant messaging (chat)


  • Served as Principal Investigator (PI) for three US Department of Defense (DARPA) projects
    • Directed networking computation project for the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)
    • PI of a wireless research project for an undisclosed US federal agency
  • Led and developed the first network resource scheduling service for grid computing
  • Managed and engineered the first demonstrated transatlantic dynamic allocation of 10Gbs Lambdas as a grid service
  • Development and successful demonstration of the first wire-speed active network on commercial hardware
  • Inventor of over 120 patents; over 60 prosecuted pro se in front of the USPTO
  • Created and chaired Nortel Networks’ EDN Patent Committee


Work experience

Jan 2008Present

CET Faculty, Industry Fellow and Lecturer - College of Engineering

UC Berkeley - Engineering

Berkeley Industry Fellow, Lecturer, Visiting Scientist, Ph.D. Candidate, Nortel's Scientist Liaison Some positions and projects were concurrent, others sequential 

  • Serves as Industry Fellow and Lecturer at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET) Studied the areas of network services, telecommunication systems and software, communications infrastructure, and data centers 
  • Developed long-term technology for the enterprise market, integrating communication and computing technologies 
  • Conducted research projects in data centers (RAD Labs), telecommunication infrastructure (SAHARA), and wireless systems (ICEBERG)  Acted as scientific liaison between Nortel Research Lab and UC Berkeley, providing tangible value in advanced technologies 
  • Earned Ph.D. in Computer Science, specializing in communications and networking
Apr 2007Present

Principal Scientist

TelecommNet Consulting

Principal Scientist

  • Consults in the areas of network communications, telecommunications, Internet software technologies, and smartphone mobile wireless devices
  • CTO at VisuMenu, a very small stealth-stage company developing visual IVR technologies for smartphones and wireless mobile devices in the area of network communications (since 2010)
  • Provides architecture and system consultation for software projects relating to mobile wireless devices, Internet web applications, and computer networks
  • Expert witness in network communications patent infringement suits. Services include:
  • Expert witness in Federal courts, USPTO (including reexamination, interference and inter partes review (IPR)), and the ITC
  • Past cases involved Google, Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, Motorola, HP, Ericsson, Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung
May 2000Apr 2007

Principal Scientist

Nortel Labs

Originally employed by Bay Networks, which was acquired by Nortel Networks Principal Scientist, Principal Architect, Principal Engineer, Senior Software Engineer

  • Held scientific and research roles at Nortel Labs, Bay Architecture Labs, and CTO Office

Principal Investigator for US Department of Defense (DARPA) Projects

  • Conceived, proposed, and completed three research projects: Active Networks, DWDM-RAM, and a networking computation project for Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)
  • Led a wireless research project for an undisclosed US federal agency

Academic and Industrial Researcher

  • Analyzed new technologies with the objective of reducing risks associated with R&D investment
  • Spearheaded research collaboration with leading universities and professors at UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, University of Amsterdam, and University of Technology Sydney
  • Evaluated competitive products relative to Nortel’s products and technology
  • Proactively identified prospective business ideas, leading to new networking products
  • Predicted technological trends well in advance through researching the technological horizon and academic sphere
  • Developed software for switches, routers and network communications devices
  • Developed systems and architectures for switches, routers, and network management

Researched and developed the following projects:

  • Data-Center Communications: network and server orchestration 2006-2007
  • DRAC: SOA-facilitated L1/L2/L3 network dynamic controller 2003-2007
  • Omega: classified wireless project for undisclosed US Federal Agency 2006
  • Open Platform: project for the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) 2005
  • Network Resource Orchestration for Web Services Workflows 2004-2005
  • Proxy Study between Web/Grids Services and Network Services 2004
  • Streaming Content Replication: real-time A/V media multicast at edge 2003-2004
  • DWDM-RAM: US DARPA-funded program on agile optical transport 2003-2004
  • Packet Capturing and Forwarding Service on IP and Ethernet traffic 2002-2003
  • CO2: content-aware agile networking 2001-2003
  • Active Networks: US DARPA-funded research program 1999-2002
  • ORE: programmable network service platform 1998-2002
  • JVM Platform: Java on network devices 1998-2001
  • Web-Based Device Management: network device management 1996-1997

Technology Innovator and Patent Leader

  •  Created and chaired Nortel Networks’ EDN Patent Committee
  • Facilitated continuous stream of innovative ideas and their conversion into intellectual property rights
  • Developed intellectual property assets through invention and analysis of existing technology portfolios
Jan 1999Jan 2001


Java User Group - Mountain View /Silicon Valley
President of the Java User Group with over 800 active members. Http://
Mar 1996May 2000

Principal Architect

Bay Architecture Labs
Principal Investigator for US Department of Defense Research Agency projects (DARPA) • Conceived concept, wrote proposal, and completed three research projects: Active Networks, DWDM-RAM, and a project for Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) • Built collaborative teams of Ph.D. students, professors and high-level industry researchers Technology Innovation • Proactively identified prospective business ideas leading to creation of new profitable networking products • Researched technology horizon and academic world to predict technological trends well in advance • Analyzed and determined potential success of new technologies in effort to reduce development risk associated with R&D investment Software Architect. Led
Aug 1993Aug 1995

Software Engineer, Team Leader

Aptel Communicaiton

Start-up company focused on mobile wireless CDMA spread spectrum PCN/PCS

  • Developed mobile wireless device using an unlicensed band, Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)
  • Designed and managed a personal communication network (PCN) and personal communication system (PCS), the precursors of short text messages (SMS)
  • Responsible for the design and development of network software products
  • Developed software network communications mainly in C/C++
  • Brought two-way paging product from concept to development
Jan 1990Aug 1993

Software developer, Network leader


Software Engineer, Team Lead Flagship of the Israeli high tech industry $2B software/hardware printing company acquired by Hewlett Packard • As Technical Leader, interfaced the Eastman Kodak Proofer to the Scitex Prisma system • Developed system and network communications mainly in C/C++. Member of Technology Innovation group • Invented a parallel SIMD Architecture

Jan 1986Dec 1989

Software Engineer


Start-up company Software Engineer  Developed real-time software and algorithms mainly in C/C++ and Pascal