Depending on the specific technology and product, a photonics expert witness typically has an advanced degree and a background and expertise in electrical engineering, optical engineering, physics, materials engineering, and/or mechanical engineering. Cahn Litigation Services has been approached by numerous clients to locate expert witnesses, on behalf of either the plaintiff or defendant, that can support matters involving photonic technology. The expert witness chosen may be a member of an industry organization such as The Optical Society and/or IEEE. A photonics expert witness should have a deep understanding not only of the technology, but also of the photonic technology global market, market size, market growth, market share and competitive landscape.
A photonics expert witness could provide expertise in intellectual property matters such as a patent litigation in federal court or a trade secrets dispute. It could be a patent infringement case in the District Court, an Inter Partes Review (IPR) in the PTAB, or a patent case or proceeding in the International Trade Commission (ITC). In a litigation scenario, a technical expert can expect courtroom testimony, as well as other expert witness services such as deposition, expert testimony, a prior art search, an expert report, forensic engineering, and related consulting activities. In high profile cases, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, previous expert witness experience is often a requirement. An engineering expert witness needs to not only have expertise but must also possess the ability to explain the underlying substantive technology to lay people, including judge and jury. In addition, clients may seek a photonics expert for pre-litigation consulting work. Whether the case involves semiconductor devices, fiber optic cables, silicon photonics, diode lasers, optical systems, semiconductor manufacturing, light emitting diode (LED), photonic integrated circuits, imaging or thin films, 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.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Photonics experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Photonics landscape.
This expert has many years of photonics experience. This expert's academic focus was on modern optics, electromagnetic theory, communications theory, advanced mathematics, and the chemistry/physics of optical materials. This expert has a lifetime of research and development in the highly specialized area of optical data storage, processing/computing, and communications. This expert is a well-known expert in the field of optical data storage, holography, recording media, and optical disc replication processes and technology, and large high-resolution information displays. This expert's main areas of interest are photonics (components, imaging arrays, LEDs, and solar energy), materials physics, chemistry and processes, nanotechnology, control and positioning of light beams, MEMS and MOEMS and their integration into fully functional information processing systems, lasers, and flat panel displays (FPDs).
Much of this expert's early work was for government agencies. The major goal of this work was to use photonics technology for the rapid acquisition, processing, storage and communication of data vital to national defense and space flight. This expert shifted the main research focus to (1) consumer electronics applications of photonics (CD, DVD, flat panel displays, digital cameras, LEDs and HDTV and 3D TV); (2) replication of CD and DVD media (technology, materials, processes and systems); (3) digital image processing and capture (digital cameras), and (4) the impact of MEMS/Nanotech on data storage, processing, and communication design and performance.
This expert also has significant engineering, expert witness, product and business development, and sales & marketing management experience.
With many years' experience designing electronic, optical, and mixed-technology systems, and 43 US patents issued or pending, this expert has amassed a lot of expertise in a number of fields, including optics, optoelectronics, electro-optics, photonics (especially silicon photonics), analog electronics, optomechanics, optical and atomic force microscopy, semiconductor processing, signal processing, simulation, electromagnetics, due diligence, and the drafting and technical interpretation of patents.
This expert is an expert in the design, debug, and refinement of electrooptical and mixed-technology systems. A leading designer of ultrasensitive optoelectronics and other low noise analog circuitry, many of this expert’s designs have improved the state of the art by orders of magnitude in performance, in cost, or both. This expert has done groundbreaking work in thermal infrared imaging, in situ particle detection, computer input devices, simulation software, spectroscopy, atomic and magnetic force microscopy, solid immersion microscopy, heterodyne interferometry, trace metal detection, photolithography, laser scanning, plasmonics, and silicon photonics.
As a consultant, this expert does design, expert witness work (testifying and consulting in patent and trade secret cases), contract design engineering, debug, and system bring-up tasks, as well as training in ultrasensitive detection methods and front-end design. This expert holds 43 US patents and several foreign ones, and is thoroughly familiar with the patent process, both in prosecution (i.e. obtaining a patent) and litigation.
This expert has been a testifying expert in 25 cases to date. This expert’s reports and deposition were instrumental in a $2 billion suit. This expert has written dozens of expert reports, as well as testifying at six depositions. This expert has worked with both plaintiffs and defendants.
This expert holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and serves as the Department Head of the Electronic Materials and Devices Applied Research Laboratory at a major university. In addition to work and research in an academic setting, this expert spent several years in industry managing efforts in electronic and photonic materials. This expert is also the named inventor on two patents dealing with single crystal fabrication and an apparatus to do so.
This expert’s expertise and experience includes:
20 years of experience in the PVT and CVD growth of Silicon Carbide;
Establishing the initial Silicon Carbide production capability at a manufacturing company;
Principal investigator for a military R&D project directly responsible for extensive research on all aspects of Silicon Carbide PVT process for semi-insulating and conductive materials;
Under a DARPA funded project, co-principal investigator on a highly successful program to develop advanced CVD processes for Silicon Carbide (HCVD).
This expert is very well versed in all aspects of bulk and epitaxial Silicon Carbide characterization, defect formation and correlation between growth related defects and process conditions. This expert heads a large military contract to evaluate CVD growth of Silicon Carbide for power electronics applications with enhanced device reliability. This expert’s department currently uses two PVT and five CVD Silicon Carbide growth systems for a variety of research programs and this expert has extensive experience with finite element simulations of PVT and CVD growth of Silicon Carbide. This expert has extensive expert witness experience including deposition and testimony experience.
This expert's multidisciplinary expertise and many years of broad technical experience cross-cuts fields of electrical engineering, optics, materials engineering, and physical sciences. From an electrical engineering perspective, this expert has extensive experience in solar cells, light-emitting diodes and displays, capacitors, memories, transistors, sensors, and circuits. This expert's materials background includes organic and inorganic semiconductors, metals, nanomaterials, biomaterials, thin-films, and material interfaces. This expert specializes in device physics, materials and thin-film processing, device fabrication, improving functional performance, analyzing failures, and understanding process-structure-property-performance relationships across material, component, device, and system levels. This expert's characterization tool skill-set includes a wide range of electrical, optical, microscopic, and spectroscopic techniques.
Prior to becoming a consultant, this expert was a university professor as head of the Nano Architectonics and Organic Electronics Laboratory, and also worked a National Laboratory. During this period, this expert developed new materials processing approaches and optical architectures to improve efficiency of thin-film solar cells. This expert's photovoltaic material expertise includes conjugated polymers/molecules, cadmium telluride, perovskite, and silicon material systems. This expert also made multiple contributions in the area of defect characterization in semiconductor thin-films. Other key works include projects on titania based memory devices, optical and bio(chemical) sensors, organic thin-film transistors, organic light-emitting displays, and photonic components such as waveguides, anti-reflection coatings, transparent electrodes, and plasmonic structures. For characterization purposes, this expert has extensively utilized a wide range of electrical, optical, microscopic, and spectroscopic techniques. During doctoral studies, this expert worked with materials such as organic semiconductors, quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, nanotemplates, and biomolecules on developing functional hybrids and embodiments pertinent to consumer electronics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology.
This expert has assisted clients in developing metrology solutions for opto-electronic thin-films, investigating performance bottlenecks in solar cells, and characterizing new synthetic materials for consumer electronic device applications. This expert has also consulted for edtech clients and has experience teaching courses on electric circuits, semiconductor materials and devices, flexible electronics, and energy systems. This expert has published 50 peer-reviewed research articles in top international journals and presented work in major international conferences. This expert has received several awards and honors, including the nationally prestigious US National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
Most of this expert's consulting work is non-litigation failure and design, however, this expert is currently working as the testifying expert on an unrelated solar matter. This expert has written expert reports.