Robert Grygier, M.S.

Professional Summary

For the last 10 years, Robert Grygier has worked as an independent consultant, technical expert, and program manager for Acacia Research and other intellectual property companies engaged in patent licensing . He has managed projects that include reverse engineering and testing of devices, research to identify potential infringers and market size, prior art research, invalidity analysis and claim construction. He has experience working with litigation teams, providing support through technical consulting and expert depositions.


After completing his university research in theoretical nonlinear optics, Robert joined IBM Research where he spent over 15 years as a research scientist developing advanced semiconductor, storage, and photonic technologies used in optical lithography and tomography; digital holographic storage; pyroelectric and photoacoustic sensors; hard disk drives and robotic hip replacement surgery.

Following IBM, Robert developed a diverse background in high-tech R&D. He developed numerous products and manufacturing systems from first concept to full production, in a variety of technologies, at mature tech companies such as Mindspeed, Teledyne and United Technologies. In addition, he held senior management roles at several startup companies such as JMAR, Photonica, and Panorama Labs.

  • As Senior Program Manager at Conexant (Mindspeed Division),  Robert managed the design and development of mixed-signal ASICs for both telecommunications and data communications applications. Major customers included Cisco, Redback Networks (Ericsson), Tellabs, 3Com (HP) and Juniper Networks.
  • As Vice President of Engineering at Panorama Labs, Robert directed the development of the world’s first magneto-photonic projector aimed at the digital cinema market.
  • As Senior Engineering Manager at UTC Aerospace Systems,  Robert directed the engineering and upgrading of the SYERS-2A infrared cameras, currently the highest resolution cameras in the world, which fly on the U-2 spy planes.
  • As Senior Technical Program Manager at Teledyne, Robert delivered sophisticated infrared sensors for US military satellite systems used in US Ballistic Missile Defense. 


B.S. (1974) in Physics - Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

M.S. (1983) in Theoretical and Applied Physics - The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Technical Publications

25 Refereed Journal Articles, 10 IBM Technical Bulletins, 34 Conference Proceedings/Pubs, 2 Trade Magazine Articles, 12 Contract Reports - DARPA, US Space and Missile command, US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, and NASA.


9 US Patents, 2 World Patents, 1 European Patent


Top Ten IBM Research Accomplishments of the Year: 1992, 1993, 1997.

IBM Patent Recognition Awards: 1992, 1993, 1996. 

IBM Patent Issuance Honors Award (Robotic Surgery): 1996.


Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Stanford University

Columbia University

Rockwell International

University of Central Florida

California Institute of Technology

Princeton University

University in Kaiserslautern

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of California Santa Barbara

University of New Hampshire

University of Heidelberg

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

University of Arizona

University of Toronto

University of British Columbia

University of Texas at Austin

Kansas State University

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Michigan Technological University

Edith Cowan University

University of Zaragoza