Copyright Infringement Expert Witnesses

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Typically, a copyright infringement expert witness has a background in intellectual property law, contract law, and/or economic damages. Depending on the specifics of a copyright case, specialists such as a software expert, design expert, or music industry expert may be called upon to support a case.

An intellectual property protection program stops others from using an owner’s intellectual property (e.g., trademark infringement, trade secret, trade dress, patent infringement, copyright) without a licensing agreement. Copyright law specifically protects authors of original creations such as poems, fictional characters, plays and other literary works, motion pictures, choreography, musical compositions, sound recordings, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, computer software, radio and television broadcasts, and industrial designs. Copyright law encompasses both published and unpublished creations.

There are many facets to copyright law, mostly due to the broad coverage areas and advancements in technology. The Music Modernization Act, as an example, was introduced in 2018 to address online music distribution and streaming services. In the U.S., reverse engineering of software is protected by the fair use exception in copyright law, and can be instrumental in software copyright cases. Landmark software copyright cases include the dispute over the Android operating system for smartphones in Google v. Oracle, the Apple II operating system in Apple Computer. v. Franklin Computer, and Microsystems v. Scandinavia Online which illustrated issues of reverse engineering and the need for copyright notices in code.

Litigation support by a copyright expert witness could include research, an expert report, expert opinion, expert testimony and/or testimony in court. An economic damages expert is often called upon to provide lost profits and damages calculations occurring from copyright infringement. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may require a testifying expert with prior expert witness testimony experience.

From music to jewelry, Cahn Litigation Services has placed experts for a wide variety of copyright infringement matters. Cases have involved Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), software code infringement, reasonable royalty, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA), first sale doctrine, and music distribution, among others. The firm is skilled and experienced at identifying the ideal expert to provide for all types of intellectual property matters, and is frequently called upon by law firm clients to locate specialists for copyright cases, representing either the defendant or plaintiff.

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


Expert Witness #123933

This expert has deep experience in jewelry design, copyright, manufacturing, and analysis. With many years of design and manufacturing expertise, this expert maintains an active copyright consulting practice for numerous artists and designers, and holds a number of design copyrights, personally.

This expert's primary focus is on jewelry and although the bulk of this expert's business is centered around forensic appraisal this expert specializes on research to document design origins and influences, as well as the finite details of design, branding and marketing.

This expert is has been an expert witness in a copyright infringement matter, supporting the defendant and was also retained in a trade secrets and copyright infringement matter supporting the plaintiff. This expert has additional experience as an expert on a design and branded trademark infringement matter for the defense.


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Expert Witness #227330

This expert is a musicologist and the president of a music consulting firm. This expert and her team of musicologists regularly advise clients on musical works for their commercials, films, and television series. This expert also frequently advises attorneys, advertising agencies, entertainment and recording companies, publishing firms, and musicians, addressing copyright issues, including those arising from digital sampling, electronic technology and Internet musical usage.

In addition to successful consultancy, this expert teaches forensic musicology, and has testified quite often in copyright infringement matters, as well as in valuation disputes, including collaborative and derivative musical works. This expert has written numerous articles and a book in the area of contemporary music and copyright infringement.


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Expert Witness #123989

This expert has many years in the jewelry industry concentrating on trade dress, copyright infringement, and component design, appraisals and valuation issues. This expert is an experienced expert witness and has provided invaluable consultation on the current marketplace for intellectual property matters. This expert utilizes painstaking research utilizing historical sources that transcend jewelry, evaluating design in architecture, artwork, and other media to determine originality in IP matters. This expert presents at industry conferences and has been published in industry journals. A respected instructor, this expert teaches courses in jewelry design, wholesale and retail buying, and market trends. Additionally, this expert is a noted appraiser (with current accreditation) and has served as a consultant in numerous jewelry and gem cases for private and government parties. This expert has written expert reports, and given depositions in copyright, trademark and appraisal-based matters, but has yet to testify at trial.


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Expert Witness #217141

This expert holds a PhD in Computer Science from an Ivy League School and is a nationally recognized computer scientist and attorney whose expert testimony was vital in two of the most important technology-based copyright/trademark infringement cases in U.S. history. This expert has served as an expert witness in multiple computer software and electronic voting cases. Total: 224 cases: 173 patent, 13 electronic voting, 11 trade secret, 10 copyright, 18 other. Affidavits, reports or declarations submitted in 151 cases. Deposed in 91 cases. Testified at trial or hearing in 42 cases. Participated in 3 reexams, 14 IPRs and 23 CBMs.

This expert was lead witness in the first Court test of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which established the legal principle that distributing or linking to software that circumvents the copyright protection on digital videodiscs is illegal and a pivotal expert witness in recent precedent-setting technology cases. This expert, who holds seven degrees from major universities in different fields and is a registered patent attorney, has been affiliated with the School of Computer Science at a research university. This expert is now Principal Systems Scientist and Director of a company where this expert started a project developing a lexicon of all words in all known languages, specifically for use in machine translation. This expert’s research interests include digital libraries, language identification, electronic voting, automated negotiation, experimental mathematics, and Internet law and policy.


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Expert Witness #249847

Unlike academic experts, this expert has many years of branding industry expertise in developing brand names, brand imagery, brand messaging, package design, advertising and communications for the market-leading, global brands of more than 50 Fortune 500 consumer product and service companies. This gives this expert unique insight in establishing the likelihood of consumer confusion between brands and how that influences purchase behavior.

Expertise:  Experienced in Lanham Act and TTAB infringement issues including infringement of

• Trademark and Copyright 

• Package Design  

• Product Design

• Brand Identity/Logo

• Web Site

• Branding Industry Best Practices

Services include:

• Survey Development/Analysis

• Likelihood of Confusion Determination

• Brand Dilution Confirmation

• Damages Assessment

• Corrective Advertising Calculation

Unique Credentials:

• Works with top consumer product /service companies on branding strategy and communications

• Created/analyzed +1,000 consumer survey/research projects

• The industry thought leader on quantifying brand value


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Expert Witness #256912

As a technology expert with many years of litigation experience in over 50 cases, including 17

patent infringement cases and 25 IPR/CBM/GPR cases, this expert has authored reports and declarations, generated over 100 claim charts, inspected tens of millions of lines of source code, and examined numerous systems. This expert has a Master of Science in Computer Science as well as many years of experience in engineering, development, consulting, and management in data networking, monitoring, Web/Internet, software, and systems. This expert’s professional background includes cofounder of an Internet company providing human communication online rating and evaluation tools and services; cofounder and president of a provider of automated Web-based telecommunication test services; cofounder and CEO of an Internet eCommerce and portal company; general manager of data storage business unit and general manager of data networking business unit at a supplier of data storage and data networking systems; founder and president of a supplier of data storage manufacturing systems; and many years as telecommunication engineer and software developer.

This expert has extensive experience with networking and test and monitoring systems. As general manager of a data networking business unit, this expert was responsible for a data networking analysis tools business unit that designed and built network protocol analysis and monitoring products sold, under OEM agreement, by the largest network protocol analysis and monitoring products supplier. These products, among other capabilities, could trap and record IP addresses and data packets matching criteria in the various layers of the TCP/IP stack.

This expert designed data storage test systems and was involved with data storage protocol analyzers and monitoring products, including the best-selling data storage protocol analysis and monitoring products. For several years, as an engineer, this expert designed and implemented computer networks, data communication systems, test systems, and monitoring systems. This expert also has many years of experience in and deep understanding of Web/Internet technologies.

This expert has litigation experience with several cases and IPRs involving data networking cases and monitoring. This expert worked for a year on a trade secret and copyright case dealing with data networking load balancers.


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Expert Witness #237557

Unlike academic experts, this expert has many years of branding industry expertise in developing brand names, brand imagery, brand messaging, package design, advertising and communications for the market-leading, global brands of more than 50 Fortune 500 consumer product and service companies. This gives this expert unique insight in establishing the likelihood of consumer confusion between brands and how that influences purchase behavior.

Expertise:  Experienced in Lanham Act and TTAB infringement issues including infringement of

-  Trademark and Copyright
-  Package Design
-  Product Design
-  Brand Identity/Logo
-  Web Site
-  Branding Industry Best Practices

Services include:

-  Survey Development/Analysis
-  Likelihood of Confusion Determination
-  Brand Dilution Confirmation
-  Damages Assessment
-  Corrective Advertising Calculation

Unique Credentials:

-  Works with +100 top consumer product /service companies on branding strategy and communications
-  Created/analyzed +1,000 consumer survey/research projects
-  Managing Partner of a brand identity strategy and communications firm
-  The industry thought leader on quantifying brand value
-  Serves attorneys for both plaintiffs and defendants

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