Firmware expert witness candidates typically have backgrounds and expertise in software engineering, electrical engineering, and/or computer science. Specific expertise in signal processing or embedded system design may be requested for a litigation support role, depending on the product or patent involved.
Firmware is a set of instructions programmed in non-volatile memory (e.g., ROM, EPROM, EEPROM, and Flash memory). These instructions dictate how the device communicates with other computer hardware. The instructions remain the same, until updated. Changing the firmware of a device is a common procedure, and is often used to fix bugs or add features. Almost all modern-day electronic devices contain some firmware.
In a firmware technology litigation, expert witness services such as depositions, an expert report, reverse engineering, source code analysis, forensic analysis, and related consulting activities can be expected. In high profile cases, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, previous expert testimony experience can be a requirement. In addition, clients may seek a software engineer for pre-litigation consulting work. Cases could support either the plaintiff or defendant, and often involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement and trade secret cases.
Cahn Litigation Services has a vast expert network and is regularly called upon to locate firmware experts for litigation matters. The firm has an earned reputation for providing candidates with the right balance of technical expertise and testimony experience for each unique project.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Firmware experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Firmware landscape.
This expert brings to the table many years as a working engineer designing, among other related products, antennas and antenna arrays, multi-antenna backhaul radios and their associated hardware and firmware. This includes developing high bandwidth signal processing for advanced packet radio networks, including RF, analog, digital, and microcontroller support circuits. This expert’s expertise spans analog, digital, and RF circuit and filter design, antenna design, sampling, complex modulation and demodulation, signal processing, microcontrollers, multiprocessing, firmware, digital interfaces, C, Verilog, air protocol design, wireless networking, security and authentication, asset tracking, real time location, multipath processing, signal processing, homologation, regulatory agency and standards issues. This expert’s areas of technical proficiency include wireless data, voice and video, WLAN, WWAN, WiMax, Cellular, Wi-Fi including 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, 3G, 4G, LTE, interference management, MIMO, OFDM, Space-time processing, MMSE, Single Carrier, SC-FDE, spatial multiplexing, beamforming MU-MIMO, ARQ, transmit precoding, antennas, modulations (QAM, FSK, PSK, PPM, PCM, etc.), and other narrowband and spread spectrum technologies (FH, DSSS, CDMA, UWB), FEC, interleaving, wireless sensor networks, RFID (passive, BAP, Active, UHF, HF, and NFC), RTLS and asset tracking. This expert has worked on all forms of analog, digital, and RF hardware designs for communications systems and general circuits from baseband to 7 GHz operation and millimeter wave design issues. This expert has designed antennas, developed innovative physical layer and MAC layer designs, worked on five ASICs, built microcontroller and microprocessor based systems, wrote firmware, modeled in MATLAB, did ASIC system engineering, designed RF channel probes for analyzing multipath, MIMO signal processing, millimeter wave systems, designed protocols, ran standards groups, worked with regulatory agencies, set up long range terrestrial radio installations, developed entire systems flow and worked closely with customers to solve process and implementation problems, generate sales, understand markets, help them through pilot programs to get to sales, and overcome technical hurdles to get to a sellable position.
This expert has worked with the FCC, ETSI, IC, Anatel and MIC in developing rules for RFID, WLAN, Radar compatibility, and fixed radio operation. This expert has participated in 802.11 working groups the RFID Gen2 working group, participated in several other groups including Data Protection, ISO 18000-6, and Item Level tagging technology group. This expert is the named inventor on nearly one dozen patents including one for an Antenna for a backscatter-based RFID transponder. This expert’s expert witness experience includes more than 30 cases split across plaintiff and defendant, infringement, invalidity, rebuttals, claim construction, IPRs (petitioner and owner), and licensing disputes. This expert has been deposed 7 times, and has been prepped for trial 3 times.
This expert holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and serves as President and CTO of a highly successful consultancy specializing in digital electronic design. This expert has worked with wireless technologies for many years, including Wi-Fi, CDMA, and Bluetooth. This expert's Bluetooth experience relates to writing firmware to implement the Bluetooth link between a wearable device (a ladies' ring) and a mobile phone. This expert also has experience with streaming audio and video technologies, including push-to-talk audio over IP and streaming H264 video. This expert has been using/developing/debugging Internet technologies for many years. This expert has prior litigation experience and has been deposed, but has not yet had the pleasure of testifying in court.
This expert has many years of experience in the design, development, and reverse engineering of software and firmware in a range of systems. This expert has been involved in more than 20 cases involving copyright infringement, patent infringement, patent validity, IPR, covered business method (CBM), trade secrets, deposition, trial, and arbitration support. This expert has worked on more than 58 product reverse engineering cases involving patent infringement.
Recent projects include wireless communications links between UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and the ground station, as well as for a communications link between an adaptive racecar developed with track-side computer monitoring. Another project of note involved the design of a WiFi system associated with in-car camera systems for uploading events to a main server. This expert holds a Ph.D. Electronics Engineering / Control Systems, and BSEE.
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 brings to the table many years of experience in computer system new technology architecture definition, analysis and specification. Widely respected for the ability to generate, articulate, and critically analyze: technical proposals, concepts and specifications, this expert has extensive hands-on experience with prototyping/debugging/analysis of hardware/firmware/software. This expert is also the holder of 62 patents usually as the lead inventor; 12+ as solo inventor, and approximately 12 patents pending, in a variety of computer system areas including: operating system device drivers, BIOS, 3D graphics, serial buses (such as USB), disk caches, memory buses. For example:
This expert has extensive expertise in PCMCIA (as one of the authors of the PCMCIA software interface specifications; Socket and Card Services). In addition to expert witness work, including written reports and deposition, this expert has been involved in several PTO Office Actions to resolve questions pertaining to pending patent applications. This expert has frequently been asked to review patents from other inventors to clarify novelty of a pending patent.
This expert is the principal of a successful storage consulting firm with extensive experience in all aspects of storage technology, interfaces, backup and restore products and file systems. Among this expert's areas of specialty are flash memory (memory cards, solid state disks, flash drives), optical storage (CD, DVD, WORM, Magneto-Optical), Magnetic Storage (hard disk, floppy disk, tape), RAID/Disk Arrays, cloud storage, PCMCIA and Storage Area Networks (SAN). This expert has participated in over fifty conferences and events as speaker, session chair and conference chair. Drawing on many years of experience in the storage industry and many years of experience as a computer engineer, this expert has been retained as an expert witness and/or expert consultant in nearly one hundred engagements involving patent, trade secret, copyright and patent portfolio reviews. Cases have involved technology in the storage, IC CAD, software and hardware industries. This expert has written expert reports, been deposed and has provided courtroom testimony at trial. Flash memory firmware and drivers were at issue in one case, and flash memory card reader circuitry was at issue in another for which he provided the critical trial testimony.
This expert is a Chair of Engineering and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This expert held a variety of engineering positions in industry. This expert has practiced as an independent professional engineer. This expert’s practice areas include digital systems design and analysis, computer architecture, computer systems security, embedded systems, and signal processing algorithms. This expert is an author or co-author of over 250 technical articles and five books and is a named inventor on five US patents and five provisional or patents pending. This expert has consulted with and performed sponsored research for several different federal government agencies and industrial organizations. This expert’s research activities generally revolve around modeling, simulation, formal verification, and design of digital systems including both conventional electronic and emerging technology implementations.
This expert wrote machine-code designed to purposely exploit design errors and to invoke the test circuitry in the chip. In academia, this expert has taught digital design at the introductory and advanced levels, including embedded systems design, programmable logic, and ASIC. All of these classes include the teaching of test methods as a critical part of classes. This expert is also familiar with test standards for BIST including JTAG 1149.1, etc.
This expert has worked with both plaintiffs and defendants and has experience testifying in depositions and trials. This expert is an author of numerous expert reports and declarations for the plaintiff and defense, and also numerous declarations and IPR-related reports. Other experience includes pre-filing/due diligence analysis, prior art searching and analysis/rebuttal, forensics, reverse engineering, software/firmware/HDL listing analysis, drafting infringement, invalidity, and rebuttal contentions, claim construction/Markman preparation, tutorial development, direct examination Q&A drafting. This expert is a named inventor on five US patents and five patent applications.
This expert has many years of experience with control systems for electromechanical and mechatronic systems for a variety of applications, including robotics, industrial machines, and industrial processes. This expert’s experience encompasses embedded systems, microcontrollers, microprocessors, sensors, actuators, electronics, systems, algorithms, software, firmware, robotics, mechatronics, vision processing, artificial intelligence, and control philosophy. This expert’s Ph.D. thesis was related to advanced control algorithms for electromechanical systems. This expert’s Master’s thesis was for improving automated performance of remotely controlled mobile robots, and related work included mechanical, electrical, sensor, and computer hardware modifications along with advanced algorithm development. As laboratory manager for a Center for Automation and Intelligent Systems Mechatronics laboratory, this expert’s responsibilities included developing and maintaining hardware and algorithms for various industrial and research robots.
This expert is a named inventor on eight U.S. patents. With specific testimony on robotic systems, this expert has provided expertise for intellectual property matters that addressed claim construction, patent infringement, patent validity, and trade secrets in various venues including Inter Partes Reviews, U.S. court trials for patents and trade secrets, International Trade Commission, and Markman - Claim Construction. This expert holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, and a Ph.D. (electrical engineering). This expert also holds an MBA.
This expert has been providing independent consulting, research and expert witness services, after having worked in industry engaged in software and instrument development. This expert’s primary focus is in gaming and phone input device architecture, standards and device drivers. As far back as the1980’s this expert was developing driver software for the leading manufacturers of joysticks at the time. That work also required a lot of engineering directed to drift that might result from variations in the outputs of the joystick sensors. Over the years this expert has worked on many input devices with joysticks or joystick-like inputs. This expert is quite familiar with the design issues surrounding joysticks both in terms of their internal design and when they are used in systems. This expert led the electronic and firmware design for a joystick used to control a cardiac endoscopy system (the same technology as a joystick control used in gaming but with much more stringent performance requirements). This expert has provided trial testimony on multiple occasions in front of juries, at bench trials, at the ITC, and in front of an arbitration panel.