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Frank J. Albert, Ph.D.

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

Frank J. Albert, Ph.D. is a Principal in the Southern California office of Fish & Richardson. His practice emphasizes patent litigation in the areas of electrical/computer technology, optics, semiconductors, telecommunications, software, and nanotechnology.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Albert was a Judicial Extern for The Hon. Judge Charles Breyer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (2006). Dr. Albert’s research experience includes work as a Graduate Research Assistant at Cornell University conducting scientific research into magnetic materials (1998-2002). He was also a Research Staff Member for Grandis, Inc. researching magnetic nanotechnology to aid in the development of a new magnetic based high speed computer memory (2002-2003).

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law 2006
Executive Managing Editor, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal
 CALI Award Legal Writing and Research 2003
 CALI Award Contracts 2004
 CALI Award Patents and Trade Secrets 2005
 CALI Award Trial Advocacy I 2005
 Recipient of the Robert Trainor Award (2005-2006)
magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Thurston Society


Ph.D., Cornell University 2002
Physics


M.S., Cornell University 2001
Physics


B.A., University of California, Irvine 1997
Physics
cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors in Physics, Deans Undergraduate Research Award in physics

Admissions

  • California 2006

Other Distinctions

Legal Publications

"Reformulating the on-sale bar," Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 28:1, 81 (Fall 2005) (*awarded Robert Trainer award for best published student note at Hastings 2005-06).

"Foreign counsel access to confidential business information under ITC protective orders" with Zhuanjia Gu, 337 Reporter, Vol. XX, 37 (Summer 2004).

Scientific Publications

Dr. Albert has published 10 scientific articles including:

"Observation of spin-transfer switching in deep submicron-sized and low-resistance magnetic tunnel junctions" with Y. Huai, P. Nguyen, M. Pakala, and T. Valet, Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 3118 (2004).

"Reduction of spin transfer by synthetic antiferromagnets" with N. C. Emley, E. M. Ryan, I. N. Krivorotov, D. C. Ralph, R. A. Buhrman, J. M. Daughton, and A. Jander, Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 4257 (2004).

"Quantitative study of magnetization reversal by spin-polarized current in magnetic multilayer nanopillars" with N. C. Emley, E. B. Myers, D. C. Ralph, and R. A. Buhrman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 226802 (2002).

"Thermally activated Magnetic Reversal Induced by a Spin-Polarized Current" with E. B. Myers, J. C. Sankey, E. Bonet, R. A. Buhrman, and D. C. Ralph, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 196801 (2002).

"Spin-polarized current switching of a Co thin film nanomagnet" with J. A. Katine, R. A. Buhrman, and D. C. Ralph, Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3809 (2000).

"Current-driven magnetization reversal and spin-wave excitations in Co/Cu/Co pillars" with J.A. Katine, F.J. Albert, R.A. Buhrman, E.B. Myers, and D.C. Ralph, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 3149 (2000).

"Current-induced realignment of magnetic domains in nanostructured Cu/Co multilayer pillars" with J.A. Katine, F.J. Albert, and R.A. Buhrman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 76, 354 (2000).

Patents

Inventor on U.S. Patent No. 7,242,045, "Spin transfer magnetic element having low saturation magnetization free layers" (Issued July 10, 2007).

Inventor on U.S. Patent No. 7,161,829, "Current confined pass layer for magnetic elements utilizing spin-transfer and an MRAM device using such magnetic elements" (Issued January 9, 2007).

Inventor on U.S. Patent No. 7,009,877, "Three-terminal magnetostatically coupled spin transfer-based MRAM cell" (Issued March 7, 2006).

Inventor on U.S. Patent No. 6,933,155, "Methods for providing a sub .15 micron magnetic memory structure" (Issued August 23, 2005).

Inventor on U.S. Patent No. 6,847,547, "Magnetostatically coupled magnetic elements utilizing spin transfer and an MRAM device using the magnetic element" (Issued January 25, 2005).

Inventor on U.S. Patent No. 6,829,161, "Magnetostatically coupled magnetic elements utilizing spin transfer and an MRAM device using the magnetic element" (Issued December 7, 2004).

Inventor on U.S. Patent Appl. No. 2007/0159734, "Spin transfer magnetic element having low saturation magnetization free layers" (Filed March 13, 2007).

Inventor on U.S. Patent Appl. No. 2009/0185410, "Method and System for Providing Spin Transfer Tunneling Magnetic Memories Utilizing Unidirectional Polarity Selection Devices" (Filed January 22, 2009).

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