Semiconductor manufacturing expert witness candidates typically have advanced degrees and extensive experience in electrical engineering. A semiconductor manufacturing expert witness must have a deep understanding not only of semiconductor technology, but also of the semiconductor industry, market share and the developing technologies of the industry’s leading players.
Basic information on semiconductor technology and semiconductor device manufacturing is available through a chip market report from an industry analysis provider, but a semiconductor manufacturing expert witness must have a deeper understanding of the integrated circuit market, its history, the progression of the technology and often an understanding of which competitors were working on various designs at different points of time during the initial development stage.
An expert witness in the semiconductor field will typically provide his or her expertise in intellectual property matters, such as a patent litigation in the federal court. It could be a patent infringement case or trade secrets matter in the District Court, an Inter Partes Review (IPR) in the PTAB (where the only expert testimony is through a deposition), or a patent case or proceeding in the International Trade Commission (ITC). Less frequently, a semiconductor expert might provide testimony in a torts matter like a product liability case involving the failure analysis of a consumer electronics or medical device.
And while many semiconductor manufacturing consultants have forensic engineering expertise, the semiconductor expert witness carries the additional responsibility of providing testimony before the court, in a manner whereby lay people (the judge and jurors) can understand the technical evidence.
A testifying expert, or expert witness, is generally the only one in the court who is allowed to provide testimony as to his or her opinion — because it is an expert opinion. Regardless of whether this takes the form of testimony in a deposition or trial, or in an expert report, the engineering component will provide credibility to his or her analysis and allow the jury to consider the expert’s opinion with the weight it deserves. Cahn Litigation has completed numerous searches for an expert witness in the semiconductor space, providing candidates for each case to the specifications provided by the attorney in charge. Whether it’s for a semiconductor patent case, or for pre-litigation reverse engineering or searching for prior art, Cahn Litigation has the experience required to turn the search around quickly and provide the right balance of expertise and testimony to get the job done.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Semiconductor Manufacturing experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Semiconductor Manufacturing landscape.
This expert is a noted independent semiconductor manufacturing and processing consultant. This expert has served as an expert in a number of plasma etching and semiconductor packaging matters. This expert holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and worked developing semiconductor manufacturing technologies for four companies. This expert's work in the various positions led to three patents related to manufacturing processes and three patents related to circuits. This expert supervised the integration of the device and circuit technologies into one functioning semiconductor product. This expert has worked on 39 cases as a testifying expert or as a consulting expert and has testified at trials and in eighteen depositions, all of which were very successful. This expert also has approximately 20 IPRs under the belt, several of which, as mentioned above, are related to packaging diced wafers and plasma etching. This expert maintains a blog with more than 1,200 readers, an extensive educational semiconductor website, and a database frequently accessed by the USPTO, US Department of Justice, major technology companies, attorneys, and investors.
This expert earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from a prestigious university and has devoted much of a career to reducing variation in manufacturing quality and optimizing production. This expert is well-published, having authored or co-authored over forty publications in manufacturing technology, and is author to six publications related to the Chemical Vapor Deposition of polysilicon. This expert is also author of 77 patents, including two specifically related to polysilicon. As Director of Automation Applications, this expert helped a major semiconductor company develop and implement advanced control algorithms in manufacturing, including the design, build and application of control systems. Now a consultant, this expert has been engaged on matters related to IP portfolio assessment and has provided expert witness support, though has not yet been deposed or provided testimony.
This expert is a Professor and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has served in various capacities at major semiconductor manufacturers and research and development firms. This expert's focus was on IC and microcontroller design and manufacturing and this expert managed and coordinated with semiconductor equipment based (MEMS) fabrication facilities during tenure in the industry. This expert is well versed in semiconductor plasma etch technology and has authored a number of technical conference papers on the subject which are available upon request. Due to work in industry, this expert has served as an internal subject matter expert on a number of IP matters related to deep-reactive-ion-etch (DRIE) techniques, MEMS-semiconductor process flows, accelerometers, gyroscopes, infrared temperature and pressure sensors, but has never provided testimony in this capacity.
This expert received a Ph.D. and is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. This expert's research interests include investigations of fundamental mechanics of manufacturing processes and utilizing those insights for designing effective and efficient processes with unique capabilities.
This expert's research has focused on various aspects of Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) process used in semiconductor manufacturing, specializing in prediction of instability as well as defect tolerance & mitigation. This expert is particularly interested in Data Driven Prognosis and application of Multi-scale and Multi-Physics analysis techniques applied to various life prediction, design & control problems. This expert has conceptualized, designed and fabricated a new generation Chemical Mechanical Paired Grinding (CMPG) machine.
This expert has served as Project Director and Principal Investigator on more than 25 research and educational projects funded by the U.S. Govt. and private industries. This expert is the author of a book, and has published over 100 technical articles in international archival journals, with several others in conference proceedings. This expert holds eight U.S. patents, currently serves as Associate Editor/Editorial Board of three international journals, and regularly serves as a reviewer for various international journals and funding agencies. This expert has also served as a consultant to several US and International companies in areas of product and process designs.
This expert has prior litigation experience; has written expert reports, been deposed and testified in court.
This expert is a full professor of Computer Science at University. This expert has a clear focus on CMP and planarization. This expert's research is primarily in CMP, very large scale integrated (VLSI) computer chip manufacturing, CAD, algorithms, RFID and intellectual property. This expert is an experienced expert witness, having served in 20 patent litigations for national law firms and their high- profile clients in prior art, validity and infringement matters including hardware, software, methods and processes for both plaintiffs and defendants. As an academician, this expert is well-published with over 160 writings including books and book chapters, refereed journal papers, refereed conference papers, technical reports and the like. This expert has been the subject of over 30 articles and is a frequent presenter of industry and academic conferences.
This expert worked for a specialty reverse engineering company, becoming a Senior Fellow/Technology Analyst, dealing with the microstructural characterization of devices, both process and package analyses. This expert is also a Contributing Editor for a website covering news and industry trends in the semiconductor business.
This expert gave a deposition as a fact witness, and attended another deposition as an observer.
This expert is an independent semiconductor manufacturing and processing consultant. This expert holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from a prestigious university where the focus was, among other topics, the multi-purpose processing chamber for CVD, etch, and sputtering with measurement capability. This expert performed all wafer processing to construct MIS capacitors, including lithography, etch, CVD and PVD. As a consultant this expert reviewed new semiconductor technologies for etching and particle reduction in semiconductor processing chambers. This expert also suggested advanced semiconductor process equipment engineering for a military laboratory. This expert has strong experience as an expert witness, having served in five matters, and having given depositions and testified at trial on semiconductor manufacturing and semiconductor processing. This expert is well-published, and holds four utility patents.
This expert has many years of experience in microcircuit and semiconductor technologies and has developed skills in areas of circuit design and analysis, device fabrication and assembly, testing, marketing, control system design and analysis, manufacturing operations and respective areas of quality, reliability, and defect / failure analysis.
This expert worked for a technology company in design, production, and QA, and was the QA manager of a DRAM Wafer Fabrication Facility.
This expert has in-depth experience in semiconductor manufacturing from a hands-on perspective as well as a management and operations perspective. This expert has served as an expert in numerous cases involving semiconductor manufacturing. This expert began a career in semiconductor device research many years ago with multiple patents and publications, but moved to manufacturing, starting as a section manager and eventually becoming the operations director of a 24/7 CMOS/BiCMOS wafer fab. In that capacity this expert was responsible for the production and delivery of tens of millions of packaged chips for cell phones and WiFi products. More recently, this expert has used his experience to lead chip design and prototyping projects using a variety of fabs. This expert has a solid perspective on past and state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturing trends in technology and economics.
This expert holds a PhD in Electrophysics. This expert began research in CMP and has served as PhD thesis advisor or co-advisor for PhD graduates in various areas on CMP, all working on full-wafer CMP tools using a conventional polishing table. This expert has co-authored two books, over 40 refereed journal articles and presented over 20 invited or contributed papers at international conferences on different aspects of the CMP process for a variety of applications. When there was increasing acceptance of CMP as a vital process in IC interconnect technology, this expert's programs were in the forefront of university research.
This expert worked with companies interested in becoming a CMP consumable supplier, mostly polishing pads and slurries. Working with such companies expanded this expert's knowledge base in these important consumables and enriched ongoing research programs. This expert's experience with industrial researchers on industrial-sponsored programs allowed this expert to better describe IC company needs during the decade of CMP expanding importance in IC manufacturing.
This expert has been a consultant and testifying expert in a variety of patents cases, mostly in the CMP area but also in other areas. One case involved using an aperture in a polishing pad to sense end-point detection during the CMP process. This expert has had appreciable experience in analyzing validity and infringement issues, being deposed and testifying at trial.
This expert’s life-long experience is in semiconductor manufacturing related technologies in both development and fab (OR2), specifically on 0.12, 0.16, 0.18 and 0.25 micron technology process development, and on 65nm, 90nm and 120nm technology manufacturing for IC processing specifically in SiTD , Kfab and DMOS 6. Most recently working with a federal research grant at a small scale cleanroom. This expert is the recipient of numerous awards and holds 16 patents in semiconductor manufacturing devices and processes. This expert is well-published and is a frequent presenter at industry and academic conferences and symposia.