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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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.
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.
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 CodeSuite® 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.