Industrial Design Expert Witnesses

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Industrial design encompasses the design of a product’s form, function and features with the intention of mass production. Depending on the specific product or process involved in the case, an industrial design expert witness typically has extensive experience and expertise in mechanical engineering, ergonomics, product design, biomechanics, user interface design, industrial design, and/or engineering services. Cahn Litigation Services is often called upon to locate expert witnesses that can support industrial design matters and present demonstrative evidence for a case on behalf of the plaintiff or defendant.

Often, matters requiring industrial design expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as a patent infringement case, copyright, trade secrets dispute, or a patent proceeding before the International Trade Commission (ITC). An industrial design expert witness can also be instrumental in a product liability case.

Litigation support by an industrial design expert witness could include failure analysis, an expert report, expert opinion, expert witness testimony, and trial testimony. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, counsel may request a subject matter expert with prior expert witness experience. An expert witness needs to not only have expertise but also possess the ability to explain technology and evidence to lay people, such as typical jurors. In addition, clients may seek an industrial designer for pre-litigation consultant work. Whether the case involves product failure, design defect, or intellectual property, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn an expert witness search around quickly and provide the right balance of expertise and testimony to support each unique project and its nuances.

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Industrial Design Expert Witness - Sample Bios

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


Expert Witness #209522

This expert is regarded as one of America's preeminent consumer products designers, having won many design awards and industrial design awards. This expert's designs have been showcased in museums. This expert is a frequent presenter at IDSA Annual Conferences, and in numerous design forums including The National Academy of Sciences and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This expert was an invited consultant and lecturer to The Peoples Republic of China and served as the jury chair for an IDEA competition. This expert has taught courses achieving the level of associate professor. This expert has extensive prior litigation experience including multiple depositions and courtroom testimonies.  


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Expert Witness #235621

This expert is a Professor of Industrial Design at a public research university, and has also held teaching positions in Europe and Asia. This expert holds an MFA in Industrial Design. This expert's designs have been recognized and exhibited nationally and internationally, and this expert has received many industry awards. As a teacher, this expert encourages students to be innovative thinkers and to solve real problems for people with mass-produced designs. This expert's students have consistently been recognized for their creative designs in numerous competitions. This expert has received six patents for designs. Additionally, this expert has served as an expert witness on over 20 patent infringement cases involving a variety of companies. This expert has testified at trial in about 5 of the cases and been deposed in several others.


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Expert Witness #246640

This expert is a Ph.D. Product Designer providing expert witness services and specializing in user interface and industrial design. This expert provides consulting and expert witness work and was an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design. This expert's specific hand-held mobile interface work for wireless browser-enabled mobile devices and hand-held remote-control devices includes qualitative research, evaluation and testing, interface prototyping, usability evaluation and the actual interface design. This expert has testified at deposition, in federal court and before the ITC.


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Expert Witness #247537

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 received a Bachelor of Industrial Design, and since then has received numerous design awards for work. The holder 56 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 is frequently invited to speak at design conferences around the world. This expert has designed notable products such as:

-  Water Filtration Pitcher
-  Coffee maker
-  Ice cream maker & dispenser apparatus
-  Coffee Urn

This expert has designed dispensing packages for lip balm and ear swabs, as well as disposable medical assay capsules and surgical devices. This expert also designed water filtration pitchers which feature replaceable filter cartridges. This expert has provided expert services in over ten different cases. These cases involved infringement of design and utility patents, trade dress, IPRs, EPRs, and royalty disputes. This expert provided expert reports, declarations, been deposed four times, and testimony at trial.


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Expert Witness #247540

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.


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Expert Witness #249833

This expert has many years of experience as an industrial designer and design manager for the U.S. Government, consultant design firms and as head of corporate design for a pharmaceutical company and head of personal care company's POP Display department. This expert retired as a tenured full professor, having taught both undergraduate and graduate industrial design courses, and was the founding head of the graduate Design Management Program. This expert has lectured internationally and taught and wrote about "universal design" and the ADA. This expert has served as an industrial design expert in intellectual property cases involving: design patents (66); utility patents (24); trade dress (22); trademarks (11); trade secrets (3) and copyrights (8). This expert also served as an industrial design expert in 163 product liability cases. Regarding the design of logotypes, this expert has designed at least 12, the most famous of which is still being used which this expert personally designed when Head of corporate design for a pharmaceutical company. This expert is a member of the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) and the HFES (Human Factors Ergonomics Society).  


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Expert Witness #254474

This expert is an electrical engineering expert with many years of hands-on experience in industrial controls, automation, machinery, equipment, industrial safety and machine safeguarding. This expert applies expertise to forensic casework involving industrial controls, machine safeguarding, workplace safety, industrial/commercial/residential electric power systems, electrical related fires, electric shocks, and electrocutions. This expert is proficient in the National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, Electrical Safety in the Workplace, OSHA Standards for General Industry, and OSHA Electrical Safety Standards.

For many years this expert was a controls engineer for a control system integrator, where this expert was involved in control panel design, industrial automation, machine control, electrical design, software programming, installation, electrical contractor supervision, machine safeguarding, commissioning, project management, electrical power distribution and workplace safety. This expert was a corporate engineer performing electrical engineering in 4 different manufacturing facilities, including industrial controls, automation, process control, process engineering, quality control, robotics, industrial safety, machine safeguarding manufacturing supervision, and product development.

This expert is a licensed Professional Engineer in more than 20 states and a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), American Association of Safety Engineers (ASSE) as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

This expert provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving design, construction, operation, maintenance and training of electrical systems, equipment and devices.

This expert’s areas of expertise include:

Automation, controls, automated manufacturing, automated assembly lines, conveyors, robotics, material handling, packaging, robotic cells, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), test cells, gantries, cranes, elevators, conveyors, lifts, turn tables, pumps, fans, scales, instrumentation, motion control, process control, boiler control, steam control, speed control, industrial controls, HVAC systems, air conditioners, air handling, boilers, compressed air, exhaust, centrifugal and absorption chillers, heaters, ovens, presses, grinders, cutting, broaching, stamping presses, hydraulics, pneumatics, vision, inspection, weighing, RFID, barcode, RF Radios, recipe/batch management, gas analyzers, motor controls, motion control, electrical control panels, control panel design/build (UL certified), PLC, HMI, MES, SCADA and software development, industrial communications (wired and wireless), information systems, data collection, data reporting, alarming, and industrial safety.

This expert’s expertise also extends to:

Industrial control software, programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interface (HMI), graphical user interface (GUI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). Other software Visual Basic, C++, Microsoft SQL.  PLC Software, Allen Bradley/Rockwell RSLogix/5/500/5000/IPDS, Siemens S5/S7/TIA Portal, Mitsubishi MEDOC/GX Developer/GX Works, Omron, Telemechanique, Modicon,B+R, Opto22, Steeplechase VLC, PC Worx, Wago, Automation Direct, Koyo HMI / GUI / SCADA Software, Rockwell RSView, Rockwell FactoryTalk, Allen Bradley Panelbuilder, Siemens WinCC, Mitsubishi GOT, Mitsubishi GX Worx, Wonderware, Intellution, Iconics, Cimplicity, Proficy iFix, Indusoft, Automation Direct C-more, Industrial Communication Networks, Ethernet, Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet I/P, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Interbus, and ASi-Bus.


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Expert Witness #256370

This expert has been learning, practicing, and teaching industrial design for many years. Having bachelor's and master's degrees in Product Design, this expert is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and has served as an expert witness in design patent infringement and as a design expert in utility patent cases, where this expert relies on educational background, on many years' experience as a practicing professional designer, on many years as a design educator, and appropriate available science to formulate expert opinions. This expert has worked on three ITC cases. This expert has supported 27 IP matters and has provided testimony at deposition 8 times. As a Professor of Industrial Design this expert is tasked on a daily basis to articulate design principles and concepts in order to make design concepts clear, accessible and understandable. This expert has recent experience in designing switch panels for VIP aircraft, luxury yachts, and fishing boats and has designed consumer products.


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Expert Witness #256699

This expert has a Masters in Design (Terminal Degree) and a PhD in engineering with course work that spanned product design, safety, industrial systems design, robotics, kinematics and mechanical engineering. This expert's expert witness experience includes intellectual property (patents, trade secrets and trade dress), product design, product liability and mechanical failure analysis, manufacturing system failure, safety analysis, and automotive and motorcycle system failures. This expert is a recognized artist, award winning producer, interior designer, author of a robotics text, journal and conference papers that include automation systems, alternative fuels and automotive engine design, a racing car engine researcher and designer, and the holder of six US patents that include alternative automotive fuels and furniture design. This expert is an Associate Professor in a Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems and an Associate Professor in a School of Visual Arts and Design.


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Expert Witness #247351

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.


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Expert Witness #266727

This expert has worked in industry and academia for many years, and is currently a professor of electrical engineering. This expert has significant industrial experiences in electric motors and their controls, and has worked for several oil and gas companies. This expert’s main research interests include motors and generators, analysis and design of electrical machines, multi-phase variable speed drives for traction and propulsion applications, condition monitoring and fault diagnosis of electric machinery, magnetic gear integrated electric machines, sensorless control of electric machines, and PWM effects on electric machinery and their mitigation techniques. This expert is very familiar with various tools used in the oil and gas industries such as electric submersible motors and pumps, diagnostics tools for downhole applications, pump jacks, submersible compressors and motors, subsea power systems cables and transformers, subsea power distributions, floating production storage, and offloading (FPSO). This expert has been involved in a number of IPRs and invalidity and non-infringement reports, has been deposed 15 times, and has testified at the ITC on several occasions. This expert has published 500 technical papers, presented more than 95 invited lectures all over the world, and has 29 issued and pending US patents. This expert earned PhD, MS, and BS degrees in electrical engineering.


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