Hardware

A hardware expert witness typically has experience and expertise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, computer hardware, and/or computer science. Hardware engineers need to understand the interconnection between hardware and software; the embedded systems engineering industry increasingly solicits software engineers with a background in hardware engineering.

A hardware expert witness could be engaged to provide expert witness services for intellectual property matters, such as a patent infringement litigation in federal court or a trade secret dispute. A forensic expert has experience reverse engineering components to prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. A hardware expert could also be called in on breach of contract disputes to consult on technical issues, which could require computer forensic engineering work. A hardware expert witness might also provide testimony in a product liability case involving the failure analysis of a consumer electronics device.

Litigation support by a hardware expert witness could include reverse engineering, an expert report, an expert opinion, patent invalidity arguments, and courtroom testimony. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a testifying expert with previous experience. An expert witness needs to not only have the appropriate substantive expertise, but should also possess the ability to explain evidence to lay people, including a judge and jury. In addition, lead counsel may seek a hardware or computer expert for pre-litigation consulting work.

When the need for a hardware expert witness arises, top law firms call on Cahn Litigation Services. The firm has the experience required to turn an expert witness search around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony to support each specific project and its nuances.

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Hardware Expert Witness - Sample Bios

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


Expert Witness #212686

This expert has many years of experience in software and hardware development for embedded systems, and has served as an Expert Witness. This expert has hands-on experience developing software on portable wireless communications devices, including the development of over 30 smartphone applications, generating over 50 million user installs. This expert has worked on numerous embedded systems projects which have included wireless communications, including game consoles, handheld gaming devices, first generation (J2ME/Brew) "feature" phones, present day smartphone devices and browser-based online games. As an expert in over 20 computer software languages, including assembly language [TMS1000, AMI S2000, 6502, 65816, 6800, Z80, 8080, etc], C, C++, Java, Javascript, Objective C, Lingo, Swift, and others, this expert has performed extensive source code analysis and reverse engineering from object code to source code. This expert has development experience with embedded systems utilizing ROM-based software. As an early pioneer in the handheld electronic toy and video game industries, this expert designed software on systems where the delivery mechanism was ROM-based cartridges. This expert also has strong knowledge of microprocessor and microcontroller architectures used in embedded systems, having designed the hardware and software of early microcontroller-based handheld electronic products. This expert designed, developed and coded one of the earliest tokenized interpretive languages for a commercially released software product. The architecture of the language was based on processor-independent, bytecode "object code," which was compiled on-the-fly during program design and interpreted in real-time by an assembly language-based virtual machine. The language was highly optimized, allowing for the development of real-time, graphic-intensive applications executing at 15 frames per second (on 8-bit hardware). This expert has been retained as an expert and accepted by the court in over 25 patent infringement cases, on both the plaintiff and defendant sides. This expert has written numerous reports on patent infringement and non-infringement, validity/invalidity and claim construction, been deposed over 25 times and has testified in court or at an arbitration hearing seven times. Outside of this expert's expertise in video games, this expert has worked on numerous other cases involving software development for general applications, including image processing, vector graphics, virtual reality, embedded control systems for location-based amusement machines, and a handheld language translator.


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Expert Witness #121559

This expert holds a Ph.D. in electronics engineering and control systems and has a very strong background in embedded systems, both hardware and software, which is what the IoT is built upon. This expert has been working on and designing microcontroller based systems for many years. This expert has design experience in digital, analog and RF electronic hardware and understands the hardware aspects of IoT based system. This expert has also designed and developed the software to run many embedded systems, including systems that tied into the internet. This expert is working with the Air Force researching, designing and developing the control of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones). This project involves going from sensor inputs to control of the UAV and coordinating control over wireless networks between multiple UAVs and a ground station. Additionally, this expert is working on a control system for a wheelchair to make it possible for quadriplegics to drive and control the wheelchair through head movement controls. This project involves electronic hardware design of the system, and all the software design and development to go from sensor inputs to control of the chair. The system uses wireless network interfaces to get sensor data from the head to a computer control system and tie in remote computer monitoring. This expert has extensive litigation experience including multiple depositions and trial testimony.


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Expert Witness #223021

This expert has designed ASICs, FPGAs, and PC boards for RISC-based parallel processor systems, vector supercomputers, laser printers, hardware emulators, network switches and routers, and various real-time systems. In addition to technical work, this expert provides technical consulting and serves as an expert witness for technical litigation providing experience in reverse engineering hardware and software, analyzing and interpreting patents and trade secrets, and testifying at depositions and trials.

This expert has written technical papers on hardware and software design methods, and has taught courses on Verilog, ASIC, and FPGA design at engineering conferences throughout the world. This expert holds 22 patent and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. This expert is also the president of a leading provider of software forensics tools for litigation. This expert is certified in the use of CodeSuiteĀ® and has a master's degree and two bachelor's degrees.

This expert worked on touch sensitive user interface technology in a high profile case. This expert is also well versed in power constraints generally. This expert has extensive litigation experience having been deposed at least a dozen times and testified at trial.


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