Research & Consulting, Inc. provides consultant, expert and expert
witness services focused on the development, evaluation and application of
light sources, lamp ballasts, LED drivers, luminaires, lighting controls, and
associated intellectual property. Our clients include lamp, ballast and
fixture companies ranging from startups to global corporations, energy
technology information services, government agencies, legal firms and venture
capital firms. These clients are located in the United States, Canada and
Product development activities are focused on new energy efficient light
sources and lighting systems for a variety of applications, including
lighting systems for novel applications, such as light-activated biomedical processes.
Lighting technology evaluation activities include evaluation of
lighting-related patents for novelty and technical accuracy, review of
research & development proposals for new energy-efficient lighting
systems presented to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of
the US Department of Energy, plus dissemination of information related to the
operation, characteristics and use of the latest lighting technology via
technical papers, handbooks and targeted invited presentations at conferences
and private companies.
Litigation activities have included: lighting-related patent infringement;
breach of contract; product performance; and product liability cases,
including fires caused by metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps, and
fires ignited by tungsten halogen incandescent lamps. Dr. Roberts has
testified as an expert witness in Federal Court, State Court, the United
States International Trade Commission, and during arbitration. He has also
served as a technical expert during mediation.
Dr. Victor Roberts has over 55 years' experience conducting research &
development in electrical engineering, laser physics, plasma physics,
discharge physics and related disciplines, including more than 48 years'
experience conducting and managing research & development on high
efficacy fluorescent, compact fluorescent and metal halide lamps,
electrodeless induction-coupled fluorescent and metal halide lamps,
capacitively- and cavity-coupled sulfur lamps, selective emitters for high
efficacy incandescent lamps, electronic ballasts and drivers for conventional
and electrodeless fluorescent and HID lamps, and electronic power supplies
for LED light sources. Dr. Roberts holds 43 U.S. Patents and numerous foreign
patents on advanced light sources and ballasts, plus one U.S. Patent on
advanced appliance controls.