Consumer products expert witness candidates typically have a background in an engineering discipline, marketing or consumer behavior, economic damages, or product design. An expert witness should not only have substantive 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 United States Consumer Product Safety Act has an extensive definition of consumer products, which includes:
The term ‘‘consumer product’’ means any article, or component part thereof, produced or distributed (i) for sale to a consumer for use in or around a permanent or temporary household or residence, a school, in recreation, or otherwise, or (ii) for the personal use, consumption or enjoyment of a consumer in or around a permanent or temporary household or residence, a school, in recreation, or otherwise; but such term does not include— (A) any article which is not customarily produced or distributed for sale to, or use or consumption by, or enjoyment of, a consumer.
A consumer products expert witness could provide expertise in intellectual property matters such as a patent infringement litigation, trade secret dispute, or trademark infringement allegations. Product liability and personal injury cases could also utilize the support of a consumer electronics expert witness. In a litigation scenario, an 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 expert 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 Products experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Consumer Products landscape.
This team leads a full-service consumer, public opinion and business-to-business market research company, and services corporate and law firm clients. Their team of in-house analysts, telephone researchers and in-field researchers has conducted over 1,800+ qualitative and quantitative research projects across a wide range of categories throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. These include diverse subject matter for the following industries:
They provide professionally trained In-Field Researchers located throughout the United States. Their services include: Telephone Surveys, On-Site/In Store Surveys, On-Line Surveys, Focus Groups/One-On-One Intercepts, monitoring/validation, Cell Phone Mix, Stratified Sampling, and Random Digit Data.
This expert is a consultant to national and international corporations in the areas of product development, manufacturing, packaging, warnings and instructions. This expert has consulted on more than five thousand matters involving human factors, safety, personal injury and product liability. A licensed P. E. with a specialty in Safety Engineering and Design, this expert has many years of experience consulting to insurance companies, municipalities, government agencies and the legal profession. In addition to participating in numerous product liability cases, this expert has authored and presented on the topic extensively. In addition, this expert holds a PhD in Chemistry, has many of experience in polymers and is the named inventor on numerous U.S. patents involving plastics that have been commercialized, including protective headgear and numerous household products. This expert's areas of specialty include new product development, human factors, OSHA, safety, voluntary standards, statutes, labeling, custom and practice, technology and cost in relationship to the hazards, and dangers and risks involved in the use and application of consumer products. An active member of the ASTM for years, this expert has been involved in the creation of the standards and testing involved with polymeric products. Directly involved with the safety and design analysis of consumer products, warnings and instructions, this expert has created and pioneered an innovative approach for evaluating the adequacy and communication effectiveness of the warning and instructional materials associated with any product. This expert has created and critiqued warnings and instructions for a large variety of products and standards used throughout the world. This expert is well published in the areas of plastics, safety engineering and design, and household and industrial product safety. In addition to participating in numerous product liability cases (testified 9 times, deposed 20+), this expert has authored and presented on the topic extensively.
This expert is the principal designer and founder of an executive creative consulting business focusing on branding, development and design. This expert has considerable experience in intellectual property matters and as an expert witness in design infringement matters, trademark and unfair competition matters, and serving as a consultant for design through manufacturing of consumer goods in Chinese and Hong Kong factories. This expert lived in Hong Kong to complete a project for a luxury handbag line and created the overall brand strategy for the Chinese investors/factory owners.
This expert brings to the table many years of domestic and international hands-on experience formulating, testing, developing and manufacturing superior personal care products. This expert has held senior-level positions at Fortune 500 companies. As the inventor or co-inventor of more than 29 U.S. patents, this expert's expertise blends an understanding of consumer needs with in-depth knowledge of hair care/skin care formulation technologies and testing methodologies across the full spectrum of products including hair coloring, shampoos, conditioners, leave-on products, aerosol and pump hairsprays, mousses, gels, permanent waving, hair straighteners, ethnic hair relaxers, and skin care products.
This expert leads a highly successful consultancy offering full service hair and skin care product development, testing services and manufacturing for the Personal Care Industry. Partnering with clients needing a technical partner to develop superior personal care products based on an in-depth understanding of consumer needs, this expert provides services such as:
This expert has served as an expert witness for litigation on three matters.
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 a rare combination of an expert who has both substantial experience as a senior executive in industry and as a distinguished and accomplished academician. This expert's branding, advertising, marketing, media techniques, and intellectual property expertise coupled with a depth of experience in consumer confusion services makes this expert a highly sought-after authority. This expert has been called a "branding guru" and "consumer behavior expert" by the media and is known for academic and empirical research on the subject. This expert has experience teaching as a tenured full professor of Marketing, where this expert regularly lectures on branding, trademark, media and survey issues, makes this expert adept at explaining difficult concepts to lay judges and juries with minimal experience in branding, marketing, consumer behavior and media techniques. This expert has significant litigation support experience, having been engaged as a testifying expert in over twenty-five district court matters including advertising-related strategies and tactics, intellectual property, branding and brand management, and consumer behavior or confusion research. This expert has been a guest on a television morning show on consumer behavior in the retail environment and is a frequent speaker and industry and academic conferences. This expert is well written and speaks eloquently.
This expert is the principal design engineer in an eponymous consulting firm dealing with design, usually from an intellectual property standpoint. This expert has designed many household appliances and their accessories. This expert has extensive experience working with Chinese manufacturers to ensure the correct production of new or redesigned products. This includes traveling to China to meet with executive general managers and production engineers of over 30 Chinese manufacturing plants. This expert has analyzed manufacturing capabilities and ways to align their capabilities with the designs, or vice-versa. This expert has experience reviewing the first test production pieces, providing feedback of changes to the tools before full production begins.
This expert is a practicing product design consultant with many years of experience designing industrial, medical, and consumer products for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. This expert’s expertise includes product design, human factors (ergonomics), graphic and packaging design, and user interface design. This expert holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design. This expert has received numerous design awards.
The holder of 57 US design patents and 11 US Utility patents, this expert is an active member of the Industrial Design Society of America, the Design Management Institute, and the American Institute of Graphic Artists, and has spoken on design at conferences around the world. Additionally, this expert has significant prior litigation experience, including report writing, deposition and testimony.
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 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.
This expert has been a design engineer for many years on products electrical, mechanical, and electronic. This expert is a consultant and expert witness in the analysis of video game designs, GPS devices, Hybrid Vehicles and more. This expert has a deep focus on video games for consumer use as well as arcades and casinos, many of them utilizing joysticks as part of their controllers. This expert has served as a testifying expert specifically in video games, and across the spectrum of technology, has provided deposition and trial testimony on numerous occasions. This expert is the named inventor on fifteen US patents – some of which are on video games / displays, and one is on a controller for computerized aircraft simulators. This invention utilized a joystick – the first for a P.C. This expert has written and reviewed over a million lines of code for utilization in designs and analysis.