Abed Balbaky is a patent agent in Ropes & Gray's intellectual property litigation group, where he assists with patent litigation and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Prior to joining the group, Abed had several years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications across a wide range of technical areas including microelectronics, computer software, security systems, and medical devices. He also has extensive experience evaluating patent validity and infringement positions, assisting with due diligence and freedom-to-operate analyses, and strategic development and management of patent portfolios.
Prior to joining the firm, Abed received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Columbia University, where he researched plasma physics and fusion science. During his graduate studies, Abed helped to design and construct novel experiments for measuring fluctuations in electron temperature, drawing on extensive coursework in signal processing, control theory, circuit design and electrodynamics. He also conducted research in the government affiliated Princeton Plasma Laboratory, and has contributed to several peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings.