Dr. Kerry Litvin

Founder & President

Dr. Litvin can provide patent portfolio asset reviews with regard to the value, relevance, practicality, industry impact, ease of detection, and the potential for infringement of the invention holdings including formulating claims tables or evidence of use charts. Since the inception of H-Bar Omega, LLC, Dr. Litvin, to date, has evaluated multiple intellectual property portfolios for clients using these criteria. The portfolios comprised approximately 2500 patents.

He has extensively been involved with intellectual property law matters in all areas and aspects of optical fiber communications technologies, broadband communications technologies, optical sensor and instrumentation technologies, and photonics. He has provided expert advice to corporate IP attorneys in this regard.

About the Founder

Dr. Kerry Litvin is a results-driven ivy educated technology leader with a keen eye towards new innovations and difficult problem solving. He has an extensive expert background in optical network architecture, optical transport, optical sub-systems, optical instrumentation, optical sensors, and optical components within the broadband cable and telecommunications industry.

As an inventor or co-inventor on fourteen issued patents he has a demonstrated ability to advance the state-of-the-art in all of these areas. Dr. Litvin has formulated original analysis methodologies both for computer simulations and laboratory measurements and invented ground-breaking new technologies for the broadband cable and telecommunications industries. He has extensive experience developing mathematical models for these industry sectors to simulate complex physical systems that accurately predict new behaviors. His modeling and simulation results have been confirmed both in the laboratory and in real-world scenarios. Dr. Litvin also has extensive wireless experience with millimeter-wave and microwave devices and circuits, as-well-as photonic technologies.


Dr. Kerry Litvin



Dr. Litvin provides technologically based due diligence consultations to investment and business professionals such as private equity firm directors, hedge fund directors, venture capital-fund managers, family office investment portfolio managers, management consulting firms, and other private financial institutions all with keen monetary interests in:

  • Fiber optic networks
  • Optical Communication Devices and Systems
  • Broadband cable MSO or telecommunications service providers
  • Optical communication and sensing instrumentation
  • Optical sensors
  • Integrated fiber optic and Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) technologies.
  • Related component manufacturer spaces
  • Hybrid Fiber Coax Networks (HFC)
  • Passive Optical Networks (PON)
  • Radio Frequency Over Fiber (RFOG)

Dr. Litvin has also performed in-depth on-sight technological due diligence reviews with regard to start-up company investment prospects.

He has been a “go to” person when building relationships with customers and suppliers in order to achieve technologically based business goals. Dr. Litvin has an instinctual “take-charge” attitude with key strengths in strategic leadership, complex technical analysis, peer mentoring, and multi-tasking. He has extensive professional experience in all aspects of Fiber Optic Network Architecture Engineering, TV Signal Transmission Over Optical Fiber, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Mathematical Modeling, Optical Communications Laboratory Measurements and Prototyping, RF/Microwave/Millimeter-Wave/Wireless Engineering, Technical Due-Diligence, and Intellectual Property Matters.


Dr. Litvin holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Applied Physics from Cornell University where he was also a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology where he was an Institute Graduate Fellow, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University where he graduated amongst the top 2% in his class.

Dr. Litvin is a member of these professional organizations and honor societies:

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member
Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)
Optical Society of America (OSA)
American Physical Society (APS)

Eta Kappa Nu (National Electrical Engineering Honor Society)
Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)


  • Linear Analysis
  • Spectral Analysis
  • Non-Linear Analysis
  • Stochastic/Statistical Analysis
  • Quantum Methods
  • Parameter Extraction
  • Optimization Methods
  • Numerical Methods
  • Complex Physical System Characterization
  • Modeling and Analysis using Mathematica


  • Optical Transport
  • DWDM and CWDM Optical Networks
  • Commercial Transport/Ethernet Over Fiber
  • Broadband HFC Products & Architecture
  • QAM TV Transmission Over Optical Fiber
  • BC/NC Video Overlay Architecture
  • Dispersion and Dispersion Compensation
  • Nonlinear Optical Distortions/Raman Effects
  • Optical Layer Monitoring and Metrology OTDR/OFDR
  • Polarization Multiplexing
  • Polarization Mode Dispersion
  • CSO, CTB, CNR, Distortion Analysis
  • RFOG


June 2014: Founded H-Bar Omega, LLC based in Huntingdon Valley, PA

Prior to founding H-Bar Omega, Dr. Litvin held several principal and senior level advanced development positions at world renown technology companies including Huawei/Futurewei, Motorola (now Arris), and Lockheed Martin. He also spent a period of time at the Hughes Research Laboratories as a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Litvin has engineered cutting edge optical communications technologies, optical measurement techniques, and modeling methodologies for the purposes of advancing the state-of-the-art and, providing new products and services that are designed to meet the ever evolving requirements and increasing network performance demands of the broadband cable MSO and telecommunication service providers.   

He has been responsible for overseeing and initiating innovative technology advances applicable to passive optical network (PON) communication system architectures and led a worldwide engineering team in a variety of applied research and development efforts related to fiber optic data and video transport technologies. 

Developed mathematical models and hardware for coherent PON architectures.
Developed mathematical models and hardware for dynamic spectrum managed PON architectures.
Developed mathematical models and hardware for WDM PON architectures.
Developed mathematical models and hardware for self-seeded colorless PON transmitters. 
Developed Coherent OFDR technology for optical metrology and optical network integrity monitoring.
Developed fine spatial resolution reflectometry methods for optical network integrity monitoring.
Developed Raman Crosstalk Mitigation technology allowing for TV signal video overlay with 10G data transport on PONs.
Successfully supported various FSAN and ITU standards initiatives.

Dr. Litvin has been responsible for overseeing and initiating innovative technology developments applicable to broadband optical communication networks deployed by traditional cable industry MSO’s and telecommunication industry service providers.  He's lead engineers and technician staff in a variety of applied research and development efforts related to fiber optic and photonic communication technology. He's consulted for senior management assisting in both strategic and tactical decisions as-well-as in legal matters relating to intellectual property concerns.

Pioneered CWDM fiber deep architecture and technology that, for the first time ever, allowed multiple near zero dispersion 13xx nm broadcast signals to co-propagate on a single fiber network with minimal Raman crosstalk. This reduces cost and complexity for MSO’s while expanding network capacity and reach enhancing the potential for increased revenues with an expedient return on investment.

Invented a methodology for selecting DWDM optical channel wavelengths that minimizes four-wave mixing crosstalk in fiber-deep networks allowing MSO’s to increase network capacity while minimizing the impact on signal quality.

Awarded multiple patents for inventions related to all-optical “networks/architectures of the future.”

Granted a total of fourteen issued patents in the field of optical communications.

Recipient of two corporate “Bravo Awards” for excellence in technical contributions.

Provided key insights and developed methodologies to counteract the impacts of fiber nonlinear effects and dispersion on analog and QAM signals in broadcast/narrowcast overlay HFC networks. These inputs were critical to ultimately achieving promised industry leading network performance goals for major MSO customers. The measures increased both reach and signal splits enhancing the network economy of scales.

Diagnosed the limitations and impacts of the original FTTH/PON architectures with regard to optical signal transmission in both the upstream and downstream paths. Resulted in adjusting the standard upstream data transmission rate from OC-3 to OC-12 in order to minimize the crosstalk impact on analog video transmission.

Acted in an expert “behind-the-scenes” advisory role to senior management providing critical technical and scientific insights and strategic guidance when addressing MSO and other customer concerns regarding potential future products and network architecture proposals. Responded to customer requests for proposals or requests for information.

Advised on issues impacting customer field installed equipment. Key player in providing assistance to field engineers and MSO’s in resolving system failures and difficult to diagnose subpar optical performance problems that arose unexpectedly.

Managed optical component vendors to ensure optimal price and performance points were met.

Responsible for technological due diligence with regard to start-up company investment prospects.

Responsible for intellectual property rights reviews and provided expert advice to corporate IP attorneys.

Dr. Litvin also has extensive wireless experience with millimeter-wave and microwave devices and circuits, as-well-as photonic technologies. In the past he has designed  military grade space qualified satellite communication hardware for a variety of U.S. government agency customers and was also responsible for the analysis of the end-of-life and expected worst case performance of a 60 GHz secure satellite cross-link. He's been involved in IR&D and proposal authoring and presentations in the area of optical DWDM distribution of microwave signals on-board spacecraft.

Developed the first 60 GHz space qualified power amplifier utilizing monolithic millimeter-wave integrated circuit technology for the ACSS military satellite program. This implementation provided substantial cost reductions to the U.S. military while also significantly increasing the life expectancy and reliability of the amplifier. Subsequently, the useful lifetime of the entire satellite communications constellation was positively impacted.

Developed fiber optic communication/data links for satellite payload applications.  

Kaizen team member, provided manufacturing continuous process improvement innovations which lead to higher first run yields and reduced production and re-engineering costs on custom manufactured hybrid microwave and millimeter-wave circuits.

The extremely competitive Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellowship supported his Ph.D. studies at Cornell University. As part of the fellowship program he spent regular periods of time as a full time researcher working at HRL in the area of monolithic microwave and millimeter-wave integrated circuit design, modeling, fabrication, and laboratory evaluation using material systems such as AlInAs/GaInAs on InP. These efforts lead to world class performance in the areas of millimeter-wave amplifier gain and noise figure. He was instrumental in developing ultra low-noise monolithic millimeter-wave and microwave integrated circuit amplifiers having world record noise performance (0.78 dB @ 12 GHz, < 1.2 dB up to14 GHz) and developed monolithic millimeter-wave integrated circuit amplifiers with 8 dB gain at 55 GHz.