Team Members

Our team includes a combination of experienced engineers, lawyers, and inventors who understand the patents they are working on. We utilize our advisors to help us understand the patents we are working on ensuring that certain areas of your intellectual property are well represented in the drafting process.



Dan Hussain

Founder & President // Registered Patent Agent

Dan Hussain was educated at MIT in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and computer science, and also studied internet and intellectual property law at Harvard and theoretical geophysics at the University of Cambridge (UK). He ultimately graduated with a degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from MIT. Dan has worked for NASA, Northwestern, Siemens, 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 the International Mars Society, of which he was a Founding Member.


Shirley Shi, PhD

Senior Engineer

Shirley Shi earned her PhD at MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 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 M. Hou

Patent Prosecution Advisor

Stephen M. Hou 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, and entrepreneurship. Stephen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with two undergraduate degrees in physics and electrical engineering (EE) and two graduate degrees in EE, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a microsystems engineer and instructor, earning 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 from MIT in the Nanostructures and Computation Group with thesis advisor Prof. Steven Johnson. She received her bachelor degree in electrical engineering and computer science with a minor in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004, her Master of Science 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.


Vincent DeVito, JD

Legal Advisor

Mr. DeVito served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs. 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 Department of Energy, Mr. DeVito 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. Mr. DeVito also worked with then Ambassador Paul Cellucci to make possible the U.S.-Canada Power Outage Task Force that was established as a result of the electricity blackout in August 2003.

Immediately prior to joining the Department of Energy, Mr. DeVito 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 DeVito is an attorney, but is not a patent attorney.

Steve Malliaris

Chairman of the Advisory Board

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


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, which has surpassed $1M ARR. 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 GMV and has made people into millionaires selling t-shirts. He is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and graduated with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.


Jason Wilson

Advisor // Public Relations

Jason's experience stems from working as an independent contractor specializing in promotional strategies. He has managed social media and public relations campaigns for brands ranging from The Real Housewives of Miami, to publicly-traded technology companies, start-ups and restaurants. Jason is a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, MA and currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.


Dillon Norton

Advisor // Marketing

Dillon started his latest company Resistance Marketing in order to advertise and promote his entrepreneurial projects. He originally served as marketing director for American Pioneer Ventures, Austin Tells LLC, and American Patent Agency. He is now a consultant for all 3 companies. Dillon currently is Founder & President of Resistance Marketing and Motor City Challenge; a non-profit in Detroit, MI. Dillon has a passion for film making and is self financing his own independent films. He is currently working on a documentary that involves entrepreneurship, passion and an amazing journey across the country. He also enjoys almost everything in the arts & entertainment field as well as the universe, philosophy and innovative technologies.

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