Typically, a jewelry expert witness has a background and expertise in jewelry appraisal, estate appraisal, gem identification, jewelry design, and/or is a certified gemologist appraiser. Experts in jewelry may have an affiliation with an industry organization such as the Jewelers of America, the American Society of Jewelry Historians (ASJH), the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), and/or the Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA).
Cahn Litigation Services has placed expert witnesses in a variety of jewelry industry issues including copyright, trade dress, trademark, trade secret, branding, insurance, and jewelry appraisal matters.
Litigation support by a jewelry expert witness could include research, jewelry item valuation, an expert report, expert opinion, deposition and/or courtroom testimony. In a high-profile dispute, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may require a specialist with prior expert witness testimony experience. Counsel may also seek a jewelry consultant for pre-litigation work. Whether the project involves diamond appraisal service, gem identification, precious metal, fine jewelry appraisals, or precious stones, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search around quickly. History has shown that the firm consistently provides experts with the precise 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 Jewelry experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Jewelry landscape.
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.
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 a unique insight in establishing the likelihood of consumer confusion between brands and how that influences purchase behavior. Specializing in trademark infringement and the likelihood of consumer confusion, this expert has served as the principal of one of the nation's most respected brand identity and design consultancies. There, this expert developed branding for more than 50 consumer product companies. This expert has designed and analyzed more than 1,000 consumer research surveys, and thus, has market-proven knowledge of what generates consumer awareness/perception and what generates secondary meaning for "famous" marks. This expert has served as an expert witness in the jewelry category, including a trademark infringement based on a jewelry design.
This expert is an accounting and advisory partner and the Leader of the Firm's Food and Beverage Industry Practice, providing accounting, business, and tax planning services to privately held companies and investors throughout the industry, including many emerging brands, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. In addition to a keen focus on food and beverage companies, this expert retains some other consumer product clients including manufacturers and distributors of jewelry, fashion, and furniture.
As a prominent thought leader in the food and beverage industry, this expert is often sought after as an expert panelist at industry events. This expert assists the growth of emerging brands as a strategic partner with various investors and accelerators. This expert also authors the Firm's Food and Beverage industry news alerts, highlighting business issues, distributes the only regional industry survey, and hosts regular industry events.
This expert is frequently interviewed by various publications. This expert is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the a State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
This expert is a highly respected member of the jewelry industry. This expert has been actively involved in the Jewelry Business for many years, as well as a full time Professional Appraiser of Gems and Jewelry. This expert's gemological and appraisal education has earned :
These, coupled with the required advanced gemological and appraisal training and testing, have earned this expert the title of Master Gemologist Appraiser, a title that must be recertified every five years.
This expert is an active member of the committee which is the sole legal compliance expert in the jewelry industry. This committee is considered the industry's leading authority on legal compliance and is a champion of safeguarding the industry's integrity. This expert has been retained on numerous occasions as an expert witness to appraise jewelry for the purpose of determining the value for prosecution or defense.
This expert has owned and operated an independent lab. This expert provides a testing/grading laboratory and is an appraiser of diamonds & gemstones & all types of jewelry & watches, coins & currency, silver and related personal property. This expert also provides consultation regarding gemstone and jewelry industry practices. This expert has many years of gemstone cutting, re-cutting and treatment services. This expert is also a jewelry designer and broker of jewelry, watches and coins in the resale market.
This expert is a copyright infringement and trade dress consultant, forensic expert, jewelry appraiser and broker, and has served the jewelry industry for many years. This expert has been under contract with the Federal Trade Commission, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs Bureau, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Trustee's Office, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and The Ontario Attorney General as a forensic expert witness, consultant, mediator, and trustee. This expert's expertise is frequently sought by banks, museums, foundations, insurance companies, the jewelry trade (both wholesale and retail), law firms, accounting firms and individuals, and this expert has been called upon to testify as an expert witness in major court cases throughout the United States, Canada, Singapore and The Bahamas. This expert has been on staff as a research associate with a major Museum of Natural History, earth sciences division, and serves on its Board of Trustees. This expert also has experience teaching classes in gemology, gem sciences and jewelry.
This expert's focus is on jewelry design issues for copyright, trademark and trade dress matters, as well as valuation and appraisal matters for the courts and insurance claims. This expert researches design elements found in antique jewelry, art, architecture and other media to determine originality in jewelry design. This expert is a respected instructor for some commercial courses in jewelry design, jewelry buying and appraisal, and often presents at industry conferences on the subject. This expert has been published in industry journals, and has experience as an expert witness in court and before the PTAB.
This expert is the principal designer and founder of an executive creative consulting business focusing on branding, development and design. This expert's focus has been on jewelry and bags and this expert has significant experience in the design and manufacture of fabric bags and handbags. This expert has considerable experience in intellectual property matters and as an expert witness in design infringement matters, trademark and unfair competition matters, and serving as a consultant for design through manufacturing of consumer goods in Chinese and Hong Kong factories.
This expert is a Vice President at a successful intellectual property damages consulting firm. This expert has worked, either as a consultant or an expert, on a number of cases involving various types of apparel, including sportswear, jewelry, tags and trim, and other clothing articles. The claims in these cases have been related to patent, trademark, design patent, trade dress, or copyright infringement, as well as more generally commercial damages (e.g., breach of contract). This expert’s most recent testimony involved claims of trademark infringement, in which this expert responded specifically to damages claims regarding lost profits, royalties, and other forms of damages.