Manager of Intellectual Property Analysis and Assessment
Dr. Kirkbir joined AMI-USC as a Patent Advisor in 2008. He advises on a wide array of intellectual property issues related to medical devices, analyzes patentability of inventions, works with inventors to guide their research for intellectual property generation, and develops IP strategies. Fikret coordinates IP matters with internal and external patent attorneys in drafting, filing, and prosecution of patent applications.
Dr. Kirkbir has more than 30 years’ experience in research and development in the fields of materials science, chemistry, and chemical engineering. Fikret’s research experience includes nanotechnology (nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes), aerogels, optical fibers, optical coatings, sensors, bulk glass, and ceramic materials, organic and inorganic polymers, sol-gel processing, chemical vapor deposition, and high pressure chemical technology.
He joined Yazaki Corporation’s research division, YTCA, in Camarillo, California in 1990. He became responsible for intellectual property activities of the company in 2002.
Dr. Kirkbir is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent agent.
Dr. Kirkbir obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from METU (Ankara, Turkey) and his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Tokyo University. He conducted his post-doctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Materials Science Department between 1988 and 1990. He also graduated from the University of Southern California’s (USC) Regulatory Science program with a Master of Science (MSRA) degree in 2012 and USC’s Marshall School of Business with an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2017.
Dr. Kirkbir may be contacted at kirkbir AT usc DOT edu.