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What is a semiconductor expert witness?

Semiconductor expert witness candidates typically have advanced degrees and extensive experience in integrated circuits, semiconductor manufacturing, and/or electrical engineering. Semiconductors expert witnesses 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. A semiconductor expert witness must have a deep understanding of the chip 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.

What types of cases require a semiconductor expert witness?

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 before 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.

What litigation support work might a semiconductor expert witness be expected to perform?

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 analyses and allow the jury to consider the expert’s opinion with the weight it deserves. Typical expert witness activities include prior art searches, research and authoring expert reports, depositions, and expert testimony in the courtroom.

And while many semiconductor device consultants have forensic engineering expertise, the 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. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request an electrical engineer with prior expert witness experience.

Cahn Litigation Services 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 pre-litigation reverse engineering, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn the search around quickly and provide litigation support candidates with the right balance of expertise and testimony to get the job done.

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