A wafer fabrication expert witness typically holds an advanced degree in electrical engineering, with specific expertise in semiconductor fabrication, semiconductor material, semiconductor equipment, and/or the semiconductor industry. A wafer fabrication expert witness must have a deep understanding not only of the manufacturing process, but also of the semiconductor device market, market share and the developing technologies of the industry’s leading players.
Basic information on technology and the semiconductor manufacturing equipment market is available through a market report from an industry analysis provider. But a wafer fabrication expert witness must have a deeper understanding of the 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.
While many competent consultants have the basic knowledge to get the job done, the expert witness carries the additional responsibility of providing testimony before the court, in a manner whereby lay people (the judge and every juror) can understand the technical nuances, such to make an informed decision.
An expert witness in this field will typically provide his or her expertise in intellectual property matters — a patent litigation in the federal court. It could be a patent infringement case 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).
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 Services has completed numerous searches for an expert witness in the semiconductor and wafer fabrication 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 failure analysis, Cahn Litigation Services 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 Wafer Fabrication experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Wafer Fabrication landscape.
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.