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Thomas Barr Promoted to Scientific Fellow


Irell & Manella LLP announces the promotion of Dr. Thomas W. Barr to scientific fellow, effective January 1, 2022.

Thomas specializes in technical advising on patent litigation and has been an integral member of numerous Irell teams. Most recently, he served as scientific advisor to the team that secured a $2.18 billion verdict for VLSI. Additionally, Thomas runs Irell's in-house Technical Analysis Laboratory, through which he conducts and oversees product teardowns, scientific analysis and massive simulations. He advises on various technologies, including computer architecture, integrated circuit design and fabrication, telecommunications, medical and embedded devices, and operating systems/security.

Prior to joining Irell in 2013, Thomas was a research assistant at Rice University. His research has focused on computer architecture and operating systems, specifically in the areas of high-performance computing, memory systems, robotics, and embedded systems. Thomas was the original maintainer of, an open-source Python environment for microcontrollers. He is an active member of the Association for Computer Machinery and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Thomas earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University. He earned his B.S. in Engineering and Music, with distinction, from Harvey Mudd College.


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