Consumer electronics expert witness candidates typically have an advanced degree in electrical engineering or electronic engineering, along with extensive experience. An expert witness should not only have substantive technical expertise, but also possess the ability to explain technology and evidence to a judge and jury. In high profile cases, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, law firms may require previous expert testimony experience. The chosen expert witness could be a member of an industry organization such as IEEE or the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
Consumer electronics is loosely defined as electronic products intended for everyday personal use and primarily include devices used for entertainment, communications and recreation. A consumer electronics expert witness could provide expertise in intellectual property matters such as a patent infringement litigation or a trade secret dispute. Product liability and personal injury cases could also utilize the support of a consumer electronics expert witness. In a litigation scenario, a technical expert can expect courtroom testimony, as well as other expert witness services such as a prior art search, failure analysis, expert report preparation, expert opinion, forensic engineering, and related consulting activities. A law firm may also request an electrical engineer for pre-litigation expert consultant work.
Over the years, Cahn Litigation Services has been approached by many attorney clients to locate expert witnesses that can support matters involving consumer electronics products and technology. Whether a case involves:
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Consumer Electronics experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Consumer Electronics landscape.
This expert has many years of experience as an industrial designer in corporate, consulting and academic environments. Experienced in design within multiple markets, including infant products, exercise equipment/accessories, consumer/commercial electronics and housewares, this expert is the founder and Principal of a highly sought-after consultancy. This expert has worked with startups to Fortune 500 companies. This expert also works as an expert witness in Design patent cases and teaches Design Thinking in several schools. Previously this expert was a Business Development Manager, where this expert practiced Design Thinking methods on small and large corporations. This expert has also taught Industrial Design and Design Thinking at a polytechnic university. This expert's background in design and new product development spans both large and small corporations as well as consulting. Prior to teaching, this expert worked in the consumer and commercial electronics, infant products and sporting goods industries. This expert has been working with manufactures and clients in Asia and Europe, and holds 14 design patents and 4 utility patents in the US and Europe. This expert is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America. This expert holds a BED in Industrial Design, and a Masters of Design. Knowledgeable in design patent and trade dress law, this expert has served in several prior litigation matters providing expert research, report writing and deposition.
This expert is the principal of a successful computer consulting firm with extensive experience in innumerable aspects of technology, interfaces, products and systems, primarily for consumer electronics. Among this expert’s areas of specialty is USB technologies. This expert has been a software developer, project lead, industry analyst, seminar leader, technical marketer and technical writer. This expert has participated in over 80 conferences and industry events as a speaker, session chair, conference chair and conference advisory board member.
This expert has been retained as an expert witness and/or expert consultant in nearly one hundred engagements, including IPRs, involving patent, trade secret, copyright and patent portfolio reviews. This expert has written in excess of 30 expert reports, been deposed 21 times and has testified at trial eight times. Several of these have dealt with USB technologies. This expert has studied the USB specs extensively, and has performed USB bus analysis re: state transitions and bus operation. This expert has also performed product teardowns of various consumer electronics devices to study bus and circuit operation.
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.
This expert has an extensive background in the physical sciences and mathematics: engineering and science degrees plus many years in the high-technology defense/aerospace industry. This expert's forensic experience includes cases dealing with electric circuits, electric shock, lightning damage, electrically ignited fires, wire and radio communications, radio interference, cellular and wireless telephone technology, audio and video reproduction, surveillance and tracking systems, industrial machinery controls, traffic radar and lidar, automotive electronics, and other electrical and electronic equipment.
One project required this expert to examine and disassemble a free-standing ATM in a laboratory in order to find the design flaw that led to its occasional malfunction (and of other similar ATMs).
This expert's expertise in electronic computing and controls includes:
This expert's training and experience with hundreds of incidents involving failures, mis-designs, and malfunctions allows this expert to understand and analyze the "next new thing" -- from smartphones to the smart grid -- accurately and efficiently.
This expert has contributed to a variety of legal matters all based on electrical equipment and electronic computing and controls technology including: electric shock, electrical wiring, electrical fire and lightning damage, audio and video recording, radio broadcasting, traffic radar and lidar, electronic control circuitry, cellular phone localization, electronic surveillance, consumer electronics capabilities, automobile control systems, radio and telephone communication, electrical accidents, and industrial machinery. This expert has been deposed 30 times and testified in state and federal courts 30 times (different cases).
This expert brings to the table many years working experience in electronics/firmware product development of various and diversified technologies. This expert is intimately familiar with PCMCIA card technology, having designed with this technology numerous times requiring this expert to be familiar with all aspects of operation (timing, DC/AC characteristics, etc.). This expert designed a unique memory card based headphone for a client which won an Engineering Innovation Award. This expert has managed and implemented the invention technologies yielding numerous patents in consumer, industrial, medical, and military products. This expert designed all circuit hardware containing microcontroller, FLASH memory, SRAM, D/A and A/D converters, instrumentation amplifiers, custom power supply to medical isolation specification levels. This includes high speed FLASH memory, SRAM and both serial and parallel I/O interfaces for Clinical Diagnostic Products. This expert has also designed Telecomm Security Devices for National Defense Centers utilizing DRAM DIMMS, FLASH SIMMS, Battery Backed SRAM, PCMCIA, USB, Fast Ethernet, and high speed Enhanced Serial Communications Controllers performing Timing Analysis and Verification under Chronology Timing Designer. This expert has prior litigation experience including deposition.
This expert holds a PhD in Communications (digital imaging) and brings to the table many years of direct and relevant experience in home automation and building control systems. Often invited to write papers for the trade press and to deliver presentations at conferences, much of this expert's business involves explaining complex concepts to business executives so they can make competent decisions; this expert knows how to facilitate high-tech decisions by persons who are not technical specialists and applies these skills to deliver clear declarations and depositions.
This expert is involved in the international standards committee for home and building automation standards. Among these standards are communication protocols for home networks, device interfaces, and a gateway to enable remote control of applications including security. This expert wrote and edited a document which describes home security with applications for intrusion detection, activity monitoring, duress monitoring, and safety monitoring of personal well-being, with extensions for commercial building security functions. This expert is also involved in the national standards committee for home automation and energy management at the Consumer Technology Association. They are the ones who develop American National Standards for ANSI, the American National Standards Institute. In addition to these committees, this expert has written the specifications for many home- area-network communication protocols to enable home automation applications.
This expert is a Registered Professional Engineer with many years of experience in the biotechnology field. This expert holds PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering, is an ASME Fellow, and an IEEE Senior Member. This expert is also a member of ASM International (the Materials Information Society) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). This expert has many years of consulting and expert witness experience including design, application, analysis, and failure/reliability issues for a variety of MEMs and sensor projects. This expert is very well versed in MEMs and sensor technologies and brings strong experience in electromechanical systems. At a prominent corporate research laboratory, this expert developed a unique piezoelectric sensor with integrated electronics for telephone and telecom applications. This expert has worked with haptics and MEMs applications for cell phone and game controller applications, consulted on vehicle dynamics and stability issues, and has dynamics, vibration, and damping experience for consumer electronics and other applications.
This expert has testified in both trial and depositions for patent cases and other types of litigation. This expert has authored numerous expert reports, filed 8 IPR Declarations, and testified in a patent trial with others upcoming. This expert has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Mechanical Engineering Department at two prestigious universities.
This expert is a consultant and patent owner with many years of experience in developing and supporting the development and commercial exploitation of new technologies in the areas including audio and video encoding, decoding, recording, storage, transmission, and presentation, consumer electronics, digital television, broadcast, mobile, and fiber telecommunications, and computer and storage networks. This expert is specifically experienced in speech processing technologies and details of recognition and insertion of service signals in video programs.
This expert has supported numerous licensing negotiations and reexaminations/IPRs as well as over 50 patent-related District Court and ITC cases, in consultative preparation of cases, characterization of accused products (by testing, reverse engineering, source code review, etc.), preparation of declarations and reports, and, as needed, testifying.
This expert is a Member of the Audio Engineering Society and an Observer Member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC).
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With specific MPEG experience, this expert has been a specialist in software work especially as it applies to audio/video compression systems, consumer electronics, and communications. This expert has reversed engineered code and through expert witness work, has become patent savvy. This expert has published papers, is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, and has worked on numerous standards committees. This expert has provided litigation support in a number of high profile patent litigations matters.
This expert has designed and analyzed the microelectronics and software for systems managing media remotely and performing music downloads for many years and is an award winning inventor for innovative digital audio engineering design and valuable contributions to the advancement of audio engineering. This expert has been involved with the technologies behind the remotely-managed media and uploaded and downloaded music files. This expert has designed cable TV multiprocessing systems for managing media remotely and performing music downloads. Most of the microelectronics circuits this expert has designed at the transistor/resistor/capacitor and chip level involved amplifying signals, controlling impedance and output speed characteristics, and included the design of timing circuits, level converters and latching digital signals. While on the Editorial Board of a renowned publication for electronics engineers, this expert analyzed the internal design of memory chips (including memory bit cell arrays) and state-of-the-art integrated circuits for processing and storing media. This expert has worked on the engineering design of audio signal processors and memory systems, including emitter-coupled design with controlled impedance, as well as user interface design for content selection and control. Further, this expert has designed user interfaces for media content selection and control. This expert also has designed and developed processors and memory systems as well as high fidelity digital-to-audio and audio-to-digital conversion circuitry, included timing circuits, impedance control, level control, signal amplification, latches and memory design. This expert has worked on the engineering design of a multiprocessor media server. This expert has analyzed hundreds of patents and has researched, reverse engineered and analyzed microelectronics and software.
This expert has a background in electronics, software, and systems design. This expert’s career journey includes designing lab instrumentation, medical devices, smart battery systems, ultrasonic welding and cleaning, and semiconductors. This expert’s engineering consultancy worked in multiple industries with varied applications: including LED lighting, sensors and motor control, medical devices and consumer devices. Every job change has been an industry change: from lab instrumentation to medical devices, from ultrasonic plastics welding to smart batteries, from sensor design to semiconductors. This expert’s varied experiences and interests give a unique and valuable perspective on problem solving both technically and in business. This expert has spent most of a career in OEM product development, focused on embedded systems, experiencing the role of engineering in many different markets: from consumer electronics to industrial controls, from medical products to LED lighting, and much more. This expert is a named engineer on 5 patents and has done his masters work in Computer Science, holds a Six Sigma Black Belt, and is a certified Scrum Master.