Robert Stillerman

Robert Stillerman is a technology expert with over 40 years’ experience in a diverse set of technologies including telecommunications, data communications, VoIP, call centers, security, web technologies and systems and computer-based applications. Robert has designed and developed telecommunication software and systems, wireless communications products and systems, and software as a service and has worked for such companies as Bell Telephone Laboratories, ITT, ROLM, UNISYS, and Harris.

He has served as an expert and technology consultant in numerous litigations and has testified on cases involving a broad range of technology subjects, including wireless, Voice over IP, the legacy Public Switched Telephone Network, the evolved public network, software, security, and many others.

Testifying Experience

Robert has over 20 years’ experience providing expert testimony for patent litigation and contract disputes in Telecommunications, wireless technologies, electronic devices, and software systems, providing expert reports, depositions, and trial testimony. He has worked on more than 50 cases; has been deposed over 25 times,and has testified in Court 7 times. As testifying expert at trial on behalf of defendant Orange in a trade secrets case, the jury found in favor of Orange. His testimony on behalf of Apple in the ED of Texas, resulted in Apple being found not to infringe the patent on which he opined, whereas Apple did infringe the other five patents in suit. In another case in the ED Texas, Metaswitch v. Genband, Robert’s client Genband, as defendant, was found not to infringe the patents he defended; the patents were found to be invalid.

Professional Experience

2020 to Present – Principal Consultant – eComp Consultants – Tampa, FL

Provide consulting, expert witness and testifying support services in patent litigation matters.

2001 to Present – President – RS International Consulting Inc (formerly RS International) – Palo Alto, CA

Expert witness – investigations, analyses, reports, depositions, and court testimony

Software development in a cloud computing environment for mobile and web applications, and backend

Consulting advisor to a software as a service company offering virtual event platforms

Website and web application development (workflow)

International business development, distribution, and partnerships

Advisor to small companies on strategy and tactics

Technical sales training, including VoIP equipment

Project and team management

Mergers and Acquisitions consulting specifically related to post-merger integration

2005 to 2007 – CEO – VoiceTip – Palo Alto, CA

Introduced voice conferencing and webcasting services targeted at small to medium-sized enterprises.

2003 to 2005 – CEO – Wireless Dynamics – Palo Alto, CA

Developed a product targeted at manufacturing and process industries to collect and deliver sensor data for customers’ enterprise software applications using Zigbee wireless technology.

1995 to 2001 – Vice President, Marketing, Business Development – Harris – Redwood Shores, CA

While primarily responsible for market and business development, I also led teams in technical marketing, regulatory affairs and product management for microwave radio products

Developed a radio and network management tool that became a standard in the microwave industry

Developed complex tools for signal path analysis and planning

Evaluated and architechted for new radio products.

Led Harris into the Broadband Wireless Access business, including the acquisition of Wavtrace Corporation and the launch of an internally developed product. Oversaw the architecture and cost/performance tradeoffs

1992 to 1995 – Director of Marketing – First Pacific Networks – San Jose, CA

Responsible for overall marketing, product management, product requirements and communication activities within the company for the cable telephony product line

Wrote product requirement documents, specifications, and marketing plans for the FPN system, including network management, subscriber equipment and the overall system

Repositioned FPN’s cable-telephony product line to the residential market, expanding FPN’s addressable market multifold

1991 to 1992 – Marketing Consultant – RS Consulting – Palo Alto, CA

Provided marketing and technical services

Assisted a variety of clients with business planning, channel strategy, competitive analysis, market analysis such as Xerox’s Palo Alto

Research Center (PARC), Performance Processors, Inc., and First Pacific Networks

Assisted a start up with C-language programming.

Taught software courses in an adult education program.

1989-1991 – Manager, Product Programs – UNISYS Europe-Africa Limited – Slough, England

Responsible for industrial applications of products such as CAD/CAM, MRP, shop floor management and electronic document management solutions

Developed OEM agreements and strategic partners to complement product weakness

Led team of professionals in the Industrial and Commercial line of business for the company responsible for selecting, introducing and promoting products throughout Europe

1979 to 1989 – Manager Product Planning – IBM, ROLM Systems – Santa Clara, CA

Led Engineering, Product Development and Product Marketing functions for ROLM’s PBX

Developed telephone line circuits, controllers, and software on a standalone product for defense applications

Managed automated testing of ROLM’s voicemail system and accelerated life cycle testing of hard disk drives

Led the development of hard disk driver software, diagnostic tools and power on startup testing routines

Developed corporate technology and IT standards and policies including:

Organized and led field trials for product introduction

Led an engineering team developing products for applications of the CBX to the defense, hospitality, health care, financial services industries

1977 to 1979 – Engineering Manager – BNR Inc (subsidiary of Nortel) – Palo Alto, CA

Developed Hotel/Motel applications for electronic PBX platform, including software and hardware

Led a team in development of hardware and software enhancements on the base product

Wrote specifications for Northern Telecom’s future Office Communications System

1973 to 1979 – Engineering Supervisor – ITT Telecommunications – Paris, France

Led the software development of features and administrative tools on ITT’s electronic central office switching

Developed software productivity tools, such as a reverse compiler and an automated patch integrator, to shorten the development time in implementation programming changes

Assisted in the design of a telephone line and trunk test panel

Participated in field trials and on-site test of software and hardware

1967 to 1973 – Member of Technical Staff – Bell Telephone Laboratories – Holmdel, NJ

Respond for programming and design of parts of an electronic switching system for the public switched telephone network

Developed procedures for expanding an in-service communications system without disruption of service

Designed and implemented software for the diagnosis of in-service equipment

Focus Areas

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Disciplines

Technologies

Telephony, Networking, Software Design and Applications, Computer-based   systems, Wired and Wireless devices and systems

Industries

Telecommunications
Security
Software

Case Areas

Trade Secrets
Patents
Contract Disputes

Education, Licensure, and Certifications

MBA with distinction, INSEAD, International Business School, Fontainebleau, France

MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA

BS in Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, NY; Honor societies: Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu

Affiliations

Member, President, Board of Directors, The Learning Center, Palo Alto, CA, 1993-1995

Member, Telecommunications Advisory Panel, City of Palo Alto, CA, 1996-1997

Member, Board of Directors, Wavtrace Inc, Bellevue, WA, 1999-2000

Member, Telecommunications Industry Association Global Network Marketing Committee, 2000-2001

Volunteer Head of Wireless Data Initiative on behalf of the Wireless Communications Alliance, 2004-2005

Commissioner, Florence Sister County Commission, Santa Clara County, 2006-2007

VP Communications and Webmaster, US INSEAD Alumni Association, 2005-2010

Jury Member, Intelligent Community Forum, 2010-present

Member Executive Committee, INSEAD International Alumni Association, 2010–2013

Commissioner and Committee Chair, Palo Alto Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission. 2010-2012

Languages

French: fluent, Italian: conversational, German: some fluency, Spanish: basic