Ali Khoshgozaran - Computer Scientist

Ali Khosh, PhD

VP of Emerging Tech & Due Diligence

Dr. Ali Khosh is a computer scientist, technology entrepreneur and software consultant with over a decade of research, development, and management experience in various areas of computer science with leading tech companies around the world—including Microsoft, Yahoo and Samsung. Ali currently serves as an expert witness in software-related litigation, such as patent infringement and breach-of-contract matters. Ali also leads Quandary Peak’s M&A technical due diligence practice helping VCs, private equity firms and startups in business transactions worth $700M+.

Summary of Qualifications

  • Serving as a software testifying and consulting expert witness in several cases, including patent infringement, trade secret and breach-of-contract cases
  • Serving as a software expert in various areas related to technology startups such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), technical due diligence, IP evaluation and VC funding
  • Has served as an expert in Inter Partes Review (IPR), Post Grant Review (PGR) and International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations and USPTO patent re-examinations, in addition to federal and state court cases
  • Holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from The University of Southern California, an M.S. in Computer Science from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology
  • Conducts research in the field of software systems and engineering, spanning the areas of mobile software, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, internet, software development, software quality, autonomous cars, self-driving cars, Internet of Things (IoT), embedded software and web applications
  • Authored several peer-reviewed academic articles and papers, magazine articles and book chapters related to software engineering in top conferences and publications
  • Built several award-winning and patented consumer-facing and enterprise software products for mobile, television and desktop platforms
  • Years of hands-on executive and technology experience as a CEO, CTO, technical lead, program manager, senior technologist and a software developer with startups as well as innovation teams of large software technology firms
  • Delivered various invited speakers, seminars, lectures, and technology demonstrations at domestic and international software industry events and computer science conferences
  • Served as a panelist at various technology, entrepreneurship and software events
  • Served as an expert reviewer and panelist for numerous journals, conferences and magazines, and been a committee member for academic conferences
  • Received numerous research and industry awards in the field of computer science and entrepreneurship
  • Delivers guest lectures on various areas of computer science and software engineering at the University of Southern California and The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Filed 15+ patents in areas of intelligent systems, social networks, privacy and security, information management, internet-enabled TV and advertising with The University of Southern California, Yahoo! and Samsung (4 granted)

Areas of Expertise

  • Startup technical vetting and due diligence for VC investments/M&A

    IP Evaluation, Technical Team Credibility, Technology Implementation & Architecture Review

  • Wireless devices and mobile apps

    Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Java ME

  • Programming and software development

    Java, C/C++, C#, XML, Eclipse, Visual Studio, .NET

  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

    TensorFlow, TensorBoard, Caffe, Neural Networks, CNNs, Support Vector Machines (SVM)

  • Internet applications and websites

    Python, PHP, Perl, Ruby, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, ASP.NET

  • Digital multimedia

    MPEG, JPEG, vector graphics, Silverlight, Flash, digital video recorders (DVRs), Smart TVs and set-top boxes, digital cameras

  • Databases

    RDBMS, SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Elastic Search, Oracle, MySQL, Postgres, PostgreSQL

  • Operating systems and servers

    Linux, Windows, Mac OS, UNIX

  • Networking and protocols

    TCP/IP, HTTP, IMAP/POP/SMTP, DNS, GSM/CDMA/LTE, Wifi/802.11

  • Litigation support

    Intellectual property and patent infringement, startup due diligence, evaluation, VC funding, software design/source code inspection and review, expert witness testimony at trials and depositions, breach-of-contract and non-performance claims, and metadata analysis

Litigation Experience

  • API Systems Inc. V. Clarvue, Inc.


    Jurisdiction: US District Court, Central District of California
    Counsel: Mandour & Associates, APC
    Nature of Suit: Copyright Infringement

  • Burhaan Saleh v. Nike, Inc. et al. 


    Jurisdiction: US District Court, Central District of California
    Counsel: Bursor and Fisher
    Nature of Suit: Class Action

  • Tesla Inc. v Cao 


    Jurisdiction: Northern District of California
    Counsel: The Norton Law Firm PC, Conrad & Metlitzky LLP, and Rimon PC (jointly retained by Tesla, Cao and XMotors)
    Nature of Suit: Trade Secret

  • Jeremiah Revitch et al., v. New Moosejaw LLC and Navistone Inc.


    Jurisdiction: Northern District of California
    Counsel: Bursor and Fisher
    Nature of Suit: Corporate Civil Suit

  • Stephen Choi and WikiTechnologies, Inc. v. Marco Garibaldi et al.


    Jurisdiction: Stephen Choi and WikiTechnologies, Inc. v. Marco Garibaldi et al.
    Counsel: Artiano & Associates, APC
    Nature of Suit: Corporate Civil Suit

  • H2O Resources, LLC v. Oilfield Tracking Services, LLC, Corrizo Oil & Gas et al.


    Jurisdiction: Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    Counsel: Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, PC
    Nature of Suit: Trade Secret

  • Mimzi, LLC v. Foursquare Labs Inc.


    Jurisdiction: District of Delaware
    Counsel: Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    Nature of Suit: IPR (Location-Based Services, Crowd Sourcing)

  • Location Based Services, LLC v. Sony Electronics Inc.


    Jurisdiction: District of Delaware
    Counsel: Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
    Nature of Suit: IPR (GPS, Location-Based Services)

  • Calendar Research, LLC, v. Michael Hunter Gray, StubHub, Inc., eBay Inc. et al.


    Jurisdiction: Central District of California
    Counsel: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
    Nature of Suit: Trade Secret (Startups, mobile apps, merger and acquisitions)

  • Certain Information Systems, Components Thereof and Automobiles Containing the Same (Broadcom v. Toyota Motor Co., Panasonic Co. et al.)


    Jurisdiction: United States International Trade Commission
    Counsel: Steptoe & Johnson LLP
    Nature of Suit: Patent (GPS Technology, Location-Based Services)

  • UCAR Technology (USA) INC. and UCAR INC. V. Yan Li et al.


    Jurisdiction: Northern District of California
    Counsel: Ruyak Cherian LLP
    Nature of Suit: Trade Secret (Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Self-Driving Cars)

  • Capstone Logistics Holdings, Inc., et al., v. Pedro Navarrete et al.


    Jurisdiction: Southern District of New York
    Counsel: Ferber Law, A Professional Corporation
    Nature of Suit: Trade Secret (Mobile and Desktop Applications)

  • Neofonie GMBH v. Artissimo Designs LLC


    Jurisdiction: Central District of California
    Counsel: Emanuel Law
    Nature of Suit: Breach of Contract

  • Seven Networks, LLC v. ZTE (USA) Inc. and ZTE Corporation


    Jurisdiction: Northern District of Texas
    Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    Nature of Suit: Patent Infringement

  • CYWEE Group LTD. v ZTE Corporation, ZTE (USA), Inc. and ZTE (TX) Inc.


    Jurisdiction: Southern District of California
    Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    Nature of Suit: Patent Infringement

  • Hitachi Maxell, LTD. v. ZTE Corp and ZTE USA Inc.


    Jurisdiction: Eastern District of Texas
    Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    Nature of Suit: Patent Infringement

  • Cellular Communications Equipment LLC v. HTC America Inc., HTC Corporation, ZTE Corporation, ZTE Solutions, Inc. and ZTE USA, Inc.


    Jurisdiction: Eastern District of Texas
    Counsel: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    Nature of Suit: Patent Infringement

  • Bryndon Fisher v. The United States of America


    Jurisdiction: United States Court of Federal Claims
    Counsel: Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe LLP
    Nature of Suit: Class Action

Technical Due Diligence

  • Lionard PTE Ltd


    Context: Startup M&A
    Technology: Blockchain, Content

  • Tenex Capital Management


    Context: Startup M&A
    Technology: B2B2C, Employee Wellness

  • Setana Energy Ltd


    Context: Startup Investment
    Technology: Mobile Web, Data Science and ML, FMCG

  • Schneider Electric


    Context: Startup Investment
    Technology: SaaS, Electric Vehicles

  • Saudi Research and Media Group (SRMG)


    Technology: NLP, E-commerce and ML, CMS and Publishing

  • Schneider Electric


    Context: Startup Investment
    Technology: SaaS, Energy

  • Schneider Electric


    Context: Startup M&A
    Technology: Lead Generation, Energy

  • Tenex Capital Management


    Context: Startup M&A
    Technology: Lead Generation, Solar

  • HotelPlanner + Reservations.com Merger with Astrea


    Context: SPAC
    Technology: Software Integration, Hotel Booking, Data Science, ML

  • Automattic (WordPress VIP)


    Context: Startup M&A
    Technology: Content Analytics, CMS, Data Science, ML

  • BIG CAPITAL – Startup Strategy


    Technology: Smartphone Operating Systems and User Interface

  • Expeditors International


    Context: Startup M&A
    Technology: Logistics, Fleet Tracking, FTL, LTL

  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of America


    Context: Technical Consulting
    Technology: Data integration, CRM, CMS & MLS, Machine Learning, Real Estate

  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of America


    Context: Startup M&A
    Technology: Consumer Mobile Applications, Real Estate

  • Trustaff


    Context: Startup M&A
    Technology: Healthcare SaaS, B2B

  • Trustaff


    Context: Startup M&A
    Technology: Machine Learning, Application Tracking Systems, HR

  • Expeditors International


    Context: Startup M&A
    Technology: Artificial Intelligence, logistics

  • Potential Investment, confidential


    Technology: Information Extraction, Advertising

  • Potential Investment, confidential


    Technology: Artificial Intelligence, Smart Devices

  • Potential Investment, confidential


    Technology: 2-Sided Markets, Music & Entertainment

  • Potential Acquisition, confidential


    Technology: Knowledge Extraction, Media & Entertainment

  • Potential Investment, confidential


    Technology: Various, Smart TV

  • Potential Investment, confidential


    Technology: Information Organization, Cloud Computing

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