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What is a source code expert witness?

Source code expert witness candidates typically have years of experience in computer sciencesoftware engineeringcomputer forensics, and/or computer engineering. A source code copyright expert witness provides expertise for patent infringement cases, with the ability to perform code review, along with software code comparison expert witnesses. For instances that require code analysis, a software code comparison expert witness can evaluate source code for security gaps and violations. The chosen expert could be a member of a technical industry organization such as The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), The Software Alliance, or the IEEE.

What types of cases require a source code expert witness?

Often, matters requiring source code expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation, copyright infringement, or trade secret misappropriation. A software forensic expert has experience reverse engineering software source code to determine if there is evidence to reveal intellectual property infringement or theft. A source code expert witness needs to not only have software expertise but must also possess the ability to explain technology to lay people. 

Source code expert witness case examples

Example projects that Cahn Litigation Services has placed source code experts for include:

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

Litigation support by a source code expert witness could include source code review, software analyses, prior art searches, research and authoring expert reports, providing expert opinions, and expert testimony at a trial. In addition, clients may seek a consulting expert for pre-litigation work. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a testifying expert with prior expert witness experience.

Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a source code expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience. The firm has a vast network of professionals with expertise in many operating systems and programming languages (e.g, Python, LinuxJavascript), and often receives requests from law firms to help locate a software expert that can provide source code analysis. At Cahn Litigation Services, placing software expert witnesses for patent litigation is a particular area of expertise.

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