Our Team

Our team includes a combination of experienced engineers, patent agents, lawyers, and inventors who understand the patents they are working on. We utilize our technical expertise to quickly understand the patents we are working on, ensuring that all areas of your intellectual property are well represented in the drafting process.


Dan Hussain

Founder & President // Registered Patent Agent

Dan was educated at MIT in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and computer science, and also studied intellectual property law at Harvard Law School, as well as theoretical geophysics at the University of Cambridge (UK). He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from MIT, and a Masters in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon. Dan has worked for NASA, Northwestern Astronomical Observatory, Siemens Corporation, and the law firm Frommer, Lawrence, and Haug, LLP.

Dan won the Siemens Westinghouse National Science Award, a national award given to one team in the United States for engineering excellence. According to Science Magazine, this is “a junior Nobel Prize.” He continues his interest in astrophysics and space exploration through his participation in various scientific and academic organizations, including scientific and legal presentations at NASA, MIT, Stanford, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Shirley Shi, PhD

Senior Engineer

Shirley earned her PhD at MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) under thesis advisor Professor Muriel Médard. Her research interests include secure network coding, error control coding, signal processing algorithm design for communications, and signal processing applications to DNA sequencing. She obtained her B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria. Shirley passed the U.S. Patent Bar Exam in 2013 and is granted Limited Recognition to practice in patent cases.

Stephen Hou, JD

Patent Prosecution Advisor

Stephen has practiced patent prosecution for law firms in Boston and San Francisco, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He has taught patent seminars at premier universities in the U.S., Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He has been involved in three award-winning startup companies, serving as co-founder, chief engineer, and software engineer. Stephen received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, where he was an InSITE Fellow, advising startup companies and venture capitalists on patents, technology & entrepreneurship.

Stephen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with two undergraduate degrees in physics and electrical engineering (EE) and two graduate degrees in EE, all from MIT, where he was a microsystems engineer and instructor. He earned the President Paul E. Gray Award for Excellence in Research and the Goodwin Medal, MIT's highest honor for excellence in teaching by a graduate student.

Karen Lee, PhD

Engineering Advisor

Karen graduated with her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from MIT in the Nanostructures and Computation Group with thesis advisor Prof. Steven Johnson. She received her Bachelors degree in electrical engineering and computer science with a minor in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and her Masters degree in EECS from MIT in 2006.  She has experience as a software engineer at the Boston Globe and as a lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Albert Ho

Patent Advisor

As a serial entrepreneur, Albert wrote the very first version of CourseHero in 2 weeks, an online study notes exchange, which has since raised $17M and is profitable. Albert also co-founded 121nexus, raising $1M and growing it to 1,200 customers and 6 million personalized URLs used. He has won a $180K NSF innovation grant for his work on innovating physical to digital experiences, and is an inventor on 5 issued patents cited by Adobe, Facebook, and Honeywell. Albert has significant experience in managing e-commerce platforms, having spent two years as a Product Manager at Teespring, a business that does up to $200M/year in revenue and has made people into millionaires selling t-shirts. He is licensed to practice before the USPTO and graduated with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

Steve Malliaris, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Steve graduated with a degree in Mathematics from MIT, and a PhD in Finance from Yale University. Steve is currently a professor at the University of Georgia, School of Business. Steve has faithfully served as an advisor to APA since its inception in 2006, and continues to provide invaluable strategic advice to the company on a daily basis.

Vincent DeVito, JD

Legal Advisor

Vincent served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs at the DOE. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing strategic policy while managing a multi-million dollar budget. He oversaw the Climate Change Technology Program, a global portfolio, and maintains international government and industry contacts worldwide. While at the DOE, Vincent served as the U.S. manager of the North American Energy Working Group, a task force created to pursue the development of a fully integrated North American energy market.

Immediately prior to joining the DOE, Vincent served as an energy lawyer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the legislative, regulatory, and administrative levels. In that capacity, he pursued the development and implementation of the state’s electric utility deregulation plan. He has strategically advised members of the President’s Cabinet, governors, ambassadors, and corporate leaders, and has participated in each major federal initiative that has impacted the energy industry this decade. Vincent is an attorney, but is not a patent attorney.


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