Stephen W. Melvin

  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley
    High-performance computer architecture and microarchitecture; Microcode-based performance analysis tools
  • Computer Engineering
    Advanced microprocessor architecture; Embedded system design
  • USPTO Patent Agent
  • Intellectual Property Consulting - Patent Litigation
    Consulting expert, testifying expert and court-appointed expert
  • Inventor


Zytek Communications Corporation

Founded Zytek Communications Corporation (formerly Zytek, Inc.), as an engineering, consulting and small-scale manufacturing company. Zytek currently provides consulting services related to intellectual property litigation and licensing, patent prosecution as well as services related to the design, implementation and testing of embedded systems. Zyteks general areas of activity have also included source code analysis and comparison, forensic hard disk analysis and file recovery, industrial control and measurement, Internet related services and computer engineering research services.

Stage Innovations, Inc.

Formed Stage Innovations to hold and develop patents in the area of Internet based voice messaging and fax and email notification. Prosecuted multiple patent applications to issuance and successfully negotiated a sale of the entire portfolio.

O'Melveny & Myers, LLP

Patent Agent and Technical Advisor in the San Francisco office. Assistance with a broad range of intellectual property cases, including patent, copyright and trade secret litigation, patent licensing and due diligence. Prior art research, patent validity and infringement analysis, source code comparison, forensic hard disk analysis. Preparation and prosecution of patents in different areas of technology.

FlowStorm, Inc.

Founder, Chief Architect and Director of RTL Development. FlowStorm developed a massively multithreaded packet processor for high performance stateful flow processing. Stateful processing of network traffic requires managing large amounts of memory at high-speed, a task not easily accomplished with current hardware, and is a fundamental requirement for emerging networking applications and services. Defined and guided the overall chip architecture and managed a group of RTL designers to develop working RTL code for the processing core, packet management and interconnect blocks.

Clearwater Networks

Senior Architect at Clearwater Networks (formerly XStream Logic, Inc.). Responsible for the architecture and microarchitecture of the processing engine of Clearwater's innovative multi-threaded network processor (CNP810SP). The Clearwater processor incorporated a simultaneous multithreading (SMT) core allowing simultaneous execution of eight independent threads with eight ALUs and two ports to memory.


  • Wide ranging computer engineering experience, including work in advanced microprocessor architecture, network security, Internet related software and forensic disk analysis.

  • Extensive experience in the intellectual property field, acting as a court-appointed expert, a testifying expert and a consulting expert in numerous legal cases involving patents, copyrights and trade secret issues.


List of Publications

List of Patents

Registered Patent Agent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Co-chaired the 29th Annual International Symposium on Microarchitecture (Micro-29), held in Paris in December of 1996.

Previously a Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked with the HPS Research Group.

General Chair of the 45th Annual International Symposium on Microarchitecture (Micro-45), held in Vancouver in December of 2012.

Professional Society Memberships:

  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • The National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP)



Zytek Communications Corporation
1275 West 6th Avenue, Suite 300
Vancouver, BC V6H 1A6
United States:

Zytek Communications Corporation
114 West Magnolia Street, Suite 400-113
Bellingham, Washington 98225

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