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Dan Vacar, Ph.D.

Technology Specialist, Patent Agent

San Diego, CA
858-678-5070
vacar@fr.com
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Background

Dan Vacar is a Technology Specialist, Patent Agent in Fish & Richardson’s Southern California office. His practice includes patent prosecution in inter-disciplinary technologies involving fields such as physics, electrical engineering and computer science. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications relating to oilfield production and exploration, computer graphics and animation, imaging optics and optics used for illumination, user interfaces and human-computer interaction, network communications.

Dr. Vacar’s technical experience includes design and characterization of electronic components for computer and telecommunication systems. His technical experience further includes tracking systems (e.g., real-time inventory control, and computer systems telemetry and prognostics); metrology (e.g., spectroscopy and interferometry, optics/photonics, computer vision and statistical pattern recognition); nanotechnology (e.g., light emitting polymers, ceramic superconductors, and micro-electro-mechanical systems); and laser-assisted materials processing.

Dr. Vacar was on the technical staff of Sun MicroSystems (2003-2008), OMM (2000-2003), and IBM (Storage Technology Division, 1997-2000; and Almaden Research Center, 1996). While studying for his doctorate, Dan conducted graduate research at the University of California at Santa Barbara and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (1994-1997).

Education

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara 1997
Physics


M.S., University of Miami, Florida 1993
Physics


B.S., Universitatea Babes-Bolyai, Romania 1990
Physics

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2008

Languages

  • English
  • Romanian

Other Distinctions

Selected publications

Dr. Vacar’s publications are listed here.