Les Baxter - Expert Witness

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Les Baxter


Mr. Baxter has over 35 years of experience in Electrical Engineering, Networks and Telecommunications. He is a Registered Professional Engineer. Mr. Baxter was a technology professional with Bell Laboratories for 24 years, and subsequently provided consulting services for numerous clients, including Lucent, Sterlite Technologies, and York Telecom. His primary areas of expertise include copper and fiber-optic cabling, communication network architecture and protocols, and circuit, packet and optical switching systems.

Mr. Baxter is a testifying expert, author, and patent holder. He holds 8 U.S. patents, has authored more than 30 technical publications (including 2 books) and has given technical presentations on 5 continents. He was named an IEEE Fellow in Jan. 2009 for “contributions to high-speed digital communication networks”. He has provided Trial Testimony, Expert Reports, Deposition, and Technical Tutorials in more than 10 patent cases in Federal District Court and the ITC, as well as Inter Partes Reviews at the USPTO.

Testifying Experience

Mr. Baxter is a registered PE, IEEE Fellow, and testifying expert with over 35 years of experience in telecommunications, data communication, and networking. He has provided expert testimony and technical tutorials in patent cases in Federal District Court, the US PTAB, and the ITC. His testimony in Superior Essex v Belden was instrumental in reaching a favorable verdict for his client, and was cited numerous times by the judge in dismissing post-trial motions to overturn the verdict. His declaration and testimony in an IPR was referenced numerous times in the PTAB’s Final Written Decision which invalidated the independent claim and 3 of the 5 dependent claims of the patent in suit.

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Local Area Networks
Structured Cabling Systems
Optical Fiber Networks
Electrical Engineering
Case Types
Patent Litigation
International Trade Commission
Inter Partes Review

Professional Summary

Telecommunications 13 years Provided consulting, engineering, and expert witness services -- including systems engineering, product/prototype design, network design and implementation. Major areas of emphasis include telecommunications, local area networks, structured cabling systems, and residential networks.
Cabling Systems and Local Area Networks 24 years Member of Technical Staff, Technical Manager, and Director in the Customer Switching Systems, Network Cable Systems, Optical Fiber Solutions, and Optical Networking business units. Played a key role in the development of the Definity™ PBX and SYSTIMAX™ Structured Cabling System product lines.
Expert Witness 6 years Have provided Trial Testimony, Expert Reports, Deposition, and Technical Tutorials in more than 10 patent cases in Federal District Court and the ITC, as well as Inter Partes Reviews at the USPTO.

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Education, Licensure, and Certifications

M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1975, University of Delaware
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1977, Rochester Institute of Technology
Registered Professional Engineer, 1993, New Jersey Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

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Professional Experience

2001 to Present - Founder and President, Baxter Enterprises - Little Silver, NJ

1999 to 2001 - Manager of Advanced Optical Networking Elements, Bell Laboratories - Holmdel, NJ

1988 to 1999 - Cabling Systems and Local Area Networks, Bell Laboratories - Middletown, NJ

1977 to 1988 - Switching Systems and PBXs, Bell Laboratories - Holmdel and Middletown, NJ

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Publications & Presentations

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Professional Organizations

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Focus Areas

  • Telecommunication networks
  • Transmission and Switching
  • Local Area Networks (LAN)
  • Physical layer networking (PHY)
  • Structured cabling systems
  • Unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable
  • IEEE 802.3 / Ethernet
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • IEEE 1394 / FireWire
  • Fiber optic cable and connectors
  • Circuit design and firmware
  • Telecom. and LAN Standards

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