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Coatings expert witness candidates typically have an advanced degree and experience and expertise in materials science, polymer science, and/or chemical engineering. The selected expert could be a member of an industry organization such as the American Coatings Association (ACA), the World Paint & Coatings Industry Association (WPCIA), and/or the World Coatings Council (WCC). A coatings expert witness must have a deep understanding not only of the target technology, but also of the market and competitive landscape. It is also essential that an expert witness possess the ability to provide expert testimony in such a manner that a jury and judge can understand the forensic evidence. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a coatings specialist with prior expert witness testimony experience.

What types of legal cases require an expert in coatings?

A coatings expert witness often provides his or her expertise in intellectual property matters, such as a patent infringement litigation or a trade secret dispute. A coatings scientist could also be called in on a product liability case or an accident investigation. Litigation support by a coating specialist could include expert report preparation, failure analysis, deposition testimony, expert opinion, and courtroom testimony. In addition, clients may seek a paint industry expert for pre-litigation consulting services. Cahn Litigation Services has been approached by numerous attorney clients to locate expert witnesses, on behalf of either the plaintiff or defendant, that can support coatings technology matters. Whether the case involves:

Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn an expert witness search around quickly and provide the right balance of expertise and testimony to support each unique project and its nuances.

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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Coatings experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Coatings landscape.

Expert Witness #264745

This expert is a professor at a College of Pharmacy, is a registered pharmacist, and has industry experience. This expert is widely published in the area of coatings and pharmaceutical product evaluation.

This expert holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Pharmaceutics, an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Technology, and a B.S. in Pharmacy. An experienced expert witness and scientific consultant, this expert has supported the FTC and FDA as well as industry leaders, and is a named inventor on four patents/applications.

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Expert Witness #210447

This expert has been working with enzymes, including digestive ones, for many years. This expert has extensive experience, both research and litigation support, in drug delivery, including oral administration using tablets and capsules. This experience understands various coatings, such as enteric and modified-release ones.

This expert has started six pharmaceutical companies and has been a scientific advisor, consultant, and/or director for numerous pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology companies, as well as an expert witness in many pharmaceutical patent infringement litigations. This expert has authored numerous scientific papers and 32 issued U.S. patents, given a plethora of invited lectures, and is a member of over a dozen scientific journal editorial boards. This expert holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Enzymology and an M.S. in Chemistry.

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Expert Witness #235343

This expert has many years of experience as an R&D researcher and Failure Analyst with a chemical company, culminating as Research Fellow and as Chief Metallurgist. This expert's focus is in materials processing, design, and process control in manufacturing and industry. This expert's areas of expertise include ceramics, metal alloys, polymers, coatings, manufacturing process and litigation support.

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Expert Witness #256789

This expert is a world-renowned expert in the field of magnetic media, its materials and design. This expert is the founder, President and CEO of companies highly regarded for their research and work in tribology, mechanical testing and nano-indenting expertise and product lines. Each was acquired by a leader in the global manufacturing of high-end analytical instruments. This expert obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

In the area of magnetic media, this expert has:

-  authored at least eight papers on magnetic recording
-  a patent on particle detection.
-  organized/chaired scientific meetings/conferences on particle nano-testing
-  worked on development and testing of magnetic tape drives

This expert has significant prior patent litigation experience having written reports, been deposed and testified.

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Expert Witness #237652

This expert’s long career has involved high tech product development, intellectual property (IP) issues, projection displays, lens and optical system design, thin film optical filters, non-imaging optics, LCD flat panel displays and modules, backlighting of flat panel displays, light emitting diode (LED) product development, injection molding, chip-on-board development, and High Definition Television (HDTV) systems.

This expert’s degree is in physics and the many years of industrial experience has always involved Thin Film Coatings including:

Chalcogenide (including Selenium) based thin films, both evaporated and sputtered

Metal films including Aluminum, Moly, Titanium and Tungsten alloys

Tetrahedral base alloys including a-silicon, poly-silicon, germanium, and carbon


Various oxide and nitride alloy films such as SiO2, Si3N4, TiO2, Ta2O5, ZrO2 and others

This expert has used these thin films in a variety of devices including standard semiconductor devices, photovoltaic devices, thin film transistor (TFT) arrays, flat panel displays, and optical interference film stacks. This expert is very familiar with unit process development and process integration, has both managerial and personal hands-on, in-depth, experience in all of the Material Science and Product Development areas listed above. Several of this expert’s published papers and issued patents are on these subjects. In addition, this expert has assembled and used a wide variety of thin film deposition systems, including thermal evaporators, e- beam evaporators, ion-assisted e-beam evaporators, all types of sputtering systems and PDCVD systems.

Further, this expert is quite familiar with the dpiX llc TFT flat panel x-ray detectors.

This expert is a seasoned expert witness, has testified in District Court and before the ITC numerous times, written many expert reports in patent lawsuits, and has been deposed several times. This expert also has extensive experience in IPRs, EPRs and PGRs.

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Expert Witness #257934

This expert's multidisciplinary expertise and many years of broad technical experience cross-cuts fields of electrical engineering, optics, materials engineering, and physical sciences. From an electrical engineering perspective, this expert has extensive experience in solar cells, light-emitting diodes and displays, capacitors, memories, transistors, sensors, and circuits. This expert's materials background includes organic and inorganic semiconductors, metals, nanomaterials, biomaterials, thin-films, and material interfaces. This expert specializes in device physics, materials and thin-film processing, device fabrication, improving functional performance, analyzing failures, and understanding process-structure-property-performance relationships across material, component, device, and system levels. This expert's characterization tool skill-set includes a wide range of electrical, optical, microscopic, and spectroscopic techniques.

Prior to becoming a consultant, this expert was a university professor as head of the Nano Architectonics and Organic Electronics Laboratory, and also worked a National Laboratory. During this period, this expert developed new materials processing approaches and optical architectures to improve efficiency of thin-film solar cells. This expert's photovoltaic material expertise includes conjugated polymers/molecules, cadmium telluride, perovskite, and silicon material systems. This expert also made multiple contributions in the area of defect characterization in semiconductor thin-films. Other key works include projects on titania based memory devices, optical and bio(chemical) sensors, organic thin-film transistors, organic light-emitting displays, and photonic components such as waveguides, anti-reflection coatings, transparent electrodes, and plasmonic structures. For characterization purposes, this expert has extensively utilized a wide range of electrical, optical, microscopic, and spectroscopic techniques. During doctoral studies, this expert worked with materials such as organic semiconductors, quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, nanotemplates, and biomolecules on developing functional hybrids and embodiments pertinent to consumer electronics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology.

This expert has assisted clients in developing metrology solutions for opto-electronic thin-films, investigating performance bottlenecks in solar cells, and characterizing new synthetic materials for consumer electronic device applications. This expert has also consulted for edtech clients and has experience teaching courses on electric circuits, semiconductor materials and devices, flexible electronics, and energy systems. This expert has published 50 peer-reviewed research articles in top international journals and presented work in major international conferences. This expert has received several awards and honors, including the nationally prestigious US National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Most of this expert's consulting work is non-litigation failure and design, however, this expert is currently working as the testifying expert on an unrelated solar matter. This expert has written expert reports.

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