UNIVERSITY of  WASHINGTON Information School Computer Science & Engineering
Jacob O. Wobbrock Associate Professor, The Information School
Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
  Jacob O. Wobbrock, Ph.D.
The Information School
University of Washington
Box 352840
Seattle, WA 98195-2840   USA
  [Curriculum Vitae]

Intellectual Property

I have worked as an expert witness on intellectual property (IP) cases related to patent infringement and validity. I have filed expert reports, presented at one Markman claim construction hearing, been deposed once, and testified on the stand at one ITC hearing.

I am a co-author on 3 issued patents ('542, '223, '569). These patents and my academic publications are available in PDF format. My curriculum vitae is also available in PDF format.

Areas of Expertise:   User interfaces, graphical user interfaces, user interface technology, user interface software, user interface design, input techniques, interaction techniques, input devices, pointing devices, computer mice, text entry, data entry, gestures, stroke gestures, pen gestures, finger gestures, hand gestures, gesture recognition, mobile devices, mobile device input, mobile user interfaces, touch screens, touch screen devices, touch screen input, interactive surfaces, computer access, assistive technologies for persons with disabilities.

Dates Parties Retained By Venue Law Firm Activities Issues

Dec. 2011 – July 2012 HTC v. Apple HTC U.S. International Trade Commission Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner - Reviewed patents and offered infringement and validity opinions.
- Filed multiple expert reports.
Mobile touch screen user interfaces, text entry, feedback, utilization of screen real-estate.

Sept. 2011 – Jan. 2012 Apple v. HTC HTC U.S. International Trade Commission Keker & Van Nest - Reviewed patents and ALJ infringement determinations.
- Reviewed technology redesigns with respect to infringement.
- Presented technical aspects of redesigns to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Mobile touch screen user interfaces, document text processing.

June 2010 – June 2011 HTC v. Apple HTC U.S. International Trade Commission Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner and Keker & Van Nest - Reviewed patents and offered infringement opinions.
- Presented Markman tutorial at ITC hearing.
- Filed multiple expert reports.
- Gave deposition testimony.
- Testified at ITC hearing.
Mobile touch screen user interfaces, touch input, contact management software.

Oct. 2007 – Nov. 2007 F&G Research v. Microsoft Microsoft U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle K&L Gates - Reviewed patents and offered infringement opinions. Computer mice, mouse software, mouse scroll wheel.

Industry Positions

I have worked as a consultant, intern, and full-time employee in industry doing user interface design, rapid prototyping, computer programming, usability testing, and expert user interface evaluation. I have also been a venture-backed entrepreneur, startup co-founder, and CEO.

Dates Company Position Activities Logo

Sept. 2012 – present AnswerDash Co-founder, President & CEO - Raised $2.39M in Series A venture capital.
- Built and led a strong initial team.
- Oversaw go-to-market and sales strategy.
- Acquired customers and designed for product-customer fit.
- Created recognized thought-leadership on website self-service.

Oct. 2008 – Oct. 2009 Natural Input Solutions Consultant - Served as technical advisor for incorporating my $1 and $N gesture recognizers into a commercial product.

Jan. 2008 – Oct. 2008 Microsoft Research Consultant - Applied my user-defined gesture methodology to the challenge of authoring gestures for Microsoft PixelSense.

May 2003 – Aug. 2003 Microsoft Research Research Intern - Developed gesture recognition algorithms for the first prototype of what would become Microsoft PixelSense.

May 2002 – Sept. 2002 Ingrian Networks Consultant - Applied user interface design principles to inform the redesign of a complex Web application.

Feb. 2001 – May 2001 Google Consultant - Designed and built prototypes for alternative ways of viewing Google search results.
- Optimized result-page stylesheets for fast loading.

Oct. 1999 – Feb. 2001 DoDots Software Engineer, Sr. Software Engineer - Helped design and build a client-side platform for out-of-browser Web content delivery.

June 1999 – Sept. 1999 Intel-Mattel Smart Toy Lab Technical Intern - Designed and built a music application enabling an adaptive virtual band to accompany a player.
- Instrumented an electric guitar with sensors for playing along with the band.
- Helped to debug the Intel QX3 USB microscope.

June 1997 – Sept. 1997 Intel Technical Intern - Designed and built an application launcher for exploring a TV-based livingroom computing experience.