Patent Infringement and Trade Secret Expert Witness: Mechanical Products Liability, Theft, Contract Dispute, Fraud, Class Action

Technical Consultant #1294


Expertise

Litigation

  • Patent infringement
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Contract dispute
  • Fraud
  • Class action
  • Product liability
  • Expert reports
  • Manufacturing and engineering custom and practice - standard of care
  • Patent analysis: utility and design; US and international
  • Patent claim construction
  • Patent portfolio review
  • Patent re-examination
  • Patent validity
  • Physical deconstruction and analysis
  • Pre-litigation consultation
  • Prior-art research
  • Product liability
  • Technical consulting
  • Trade secrets (state and federal; civil and criminal)

Testimony

  • Arbitrations
  • Depositions
  • Hearings (Daubert, Markman, and evidentiary)
  • Trials(bench and jury)

Jurisdiction

  • Federal Court (Canada)
  • International Chamber of Commerce: International Court of Arbitration (London)
  • State courts
  • U.S. District Courts
  • U.S. International Trade Commission

Expert Witness Experience

  • Arbitration, deposition, Daubert and license.
  • Infringing patents involving the design and manufacture of LCD modules
  • Patent specification and interpretation.
  • Patent infringements

Industrial Experience

  • Computers and peripherals
  • Data storage
  • Document handling
  • Telecommunications
  • Electronics
  • Lab equipment and medical instruments
  • Chemical-process equipment
  • Lasers and optics
  • Semiconductor equipment
  • Appliances
  • Connectors, wire, cable, hi voltage
  • Consulting and finance

Mechanical Engineering

  • Machine design
  • Lasers and optics
  • Pumps
  • Turbines
  • Fans
  • Flow~
  • Vacuum
  • Bearings
  • Seals
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Stress and vibration
  • Cryogenics and heat transfer
  • Test and reliability
  • Blower
  • Compressor
  • Deconstruction
  • Fluid, turbocharge
  • Valve,
  • Vehicle
  • Aerospace
  • Building-construction materials, equipment , and tools
  • Chemical-process equipment: air separation, gas liquefaction, desalination, cryogenics,
  • nanoparticles, pumps, valves, heat exchangers:
  • Computers, disk drives, displays, monitors, power supplies, keyboards, laptops, notebooks
  • Consumer and home appliances: flame simulators, sump pumps, solar heaters, vacuum packagers, saunas, folding beds, razors, dry shavers
  • Data-storage equipment: magnetic disks, tapes, and optical discs
  • Design of products, tooling, and manufacturing processes
  • Digital cameras
  • Document-, card-, and coin-handling equipment
  • Electrical connectors; wire and cable; high voltage
  • Electronic equipment and manufacturing
  • Engineering and manufacturing management
  • Engineering-change control
  • Fluid machinery: flow, vacuum, bearings, seals, and pipe fittings
  • Heating and cooling equipment
  • High vacuum
  • Horticultural equipment
  • Hydraulic equipment
  • Liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) and shutters
  • Machine design
  • Manufacturing and cost management
  • Manufacturing-process development
  • Materials: metals, plastics, glass, and ceramics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechanisms
  • Medical, surgical, therapeutic, and scientific apparatus and instruments; "pen" injectors
  • Mobile phones
  • New-product introduction
  • Optics and lasers: welding, cutting, alignment, control of agricultural and construction equipment
  • Payment cards (credit cards)
  • Plant layout
  • Printers and cartridges, copiers, and scanners
  • Product and industrial design and development
  • Reverse engineering
  • Semiconductor equipment
  • Sports equipment
  • Stress and vibration
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Test and reliability
  • Tooling

Engineering and Manufacturing Management

  • Costs
  • New product introduction
  • Process development

Experience

Independent Consultant, 1985 - Present

Engineering and Manufacturing

  • Developed and introduced to production the first mass-produced product to use the diode laser. Pioneered the one-man alignment laser, marketed worldwide by Nikon.
  • Analyzed manufacturing yields and guided wide-ranging design changes to Improve manufacturing and reliability of implantable artificial heart.
  • Designed plastic submersible pump which achieved #1 market share through Sears, Roebuck. Half the cost of competitive models. Patented.
  • Designed ultrasonically-welded plastic cassettes for analytical gel. Cassettes met stringent criteria for flatness and cost.
  • Improved cooling and thermal stability of analytical instruments, to %uFFFF0.1%uFFFFC, setting new standards of analytical accuracy.
  • Investigated engineering and manufacturing operations of new ventures in due diligence teams on behalf of investors.
  • Designed cryogenic probe to treat prostate cancer using minimally-invasive surgery.
  • Developed high-voltage high-power resistive divider for fusion-energy research.
  • Operated trouble-free at national laboratory for last ten years.

Management

  • Developed new-product introduction procedures for company experiencing growing pains.
  • Recruited and staffed key engineering positions.
  • Established and installed engineering-change (ECO) procedures which eliminated production bottlenecks typical of fast-growing companies.
  • Surveyed operations of plant fabricating heavy steel structures. The recommended changes returned the plant to profitability.
  • Advised data-communication-equipment manufacturer on restructuring the engineering and manufacturing departments following acquisition of a company twice its size.
  • Coached senior vice president of prominent disk-drive manufacturer on company-wide strategies for cost management.
  • Served as interim Vice President of Manufacturing, Manufacturing Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Vice President of Engineering, Engineering
  • Manager for companies in startup or transition. Helped manufacturer of packaging machinery introduce effective systems to operate the engineering and manufacturing departments and respond to orders.
  • Developed new-product introduction procedures for company experiencing growing pains.
  • Recruited and staffed key engineering positions.
  • Established and installed engineering-change (ECO) procedures which eliminated production bottlenecks typical of fast-growing companies.

Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA, \1995 - 1997

  • Instructor, Department of Product and Industrial Design.
  • Instructor in materials and processes.

Russian-US Synergies, Saratoga, CA, 1992 - 1997

  • Director, Co-founder and Manager.
  • Engaged scientists and engineers to work on American projects in Russia.

RPC Industries, Hayward, CA, 1983 - 1985

  • Vice President, Manufacturing, 1984 - 1985
  • Responsible for two manufacturing plants, including materials, production, and test of high-voltage electron-gun and ultra-violet equipment for industrial processing and research.
  • Vice President, Engineering, 1983 - 1984
  • Designed high-voltage equipment for industrial processing. Supervised research office at Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, operated for U.S. Department of Energy.

Spectra-Physics, San Jose, CA, 1976 - 1983

  • Manager of Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Laser Division, 1982 - 1983
  • Responsible for production and industrial engineering and tooling of lasers for welding and cutting.
  • Manager of Manufacturing Engineering, Construction Systems , 1980 - 1982
  • Responsible for production and industrial engineering and tooling of construction-alignment lasers.
  • Engineering Section Manager, Construction Systems, 1976 - 1980
  • Responsible for designing construction-alignment lasers.

Raychem, Menlo Park, CA, Manager, Application Equipment

  • Designed and supervised manufacture of equipment for heating or cooling shrinkable products made of polymers and Nitinol metal alloys.

Arkon Scientific Laboratories, Berkeley, CA, 1971 - 1972

  • Manager of Electromechanical Applications.
  • Design and manufacture of infra-red spectrophotometers and of components of the artificial heart.

Houdaille Industries, Buffalo, NY, Vice President, Engineering

  • Responsible for design of valves, gauges, and centrifugal and jet pumps.

Garrett, Los Angeles, CA, Staff Engineer

  • Performed research and design of turbochargers and gas-turbine engines for heavy trucks for the AiResearch Industrial Division.

Cosmodyne, Torrance, CA, Assistant Chief Engineer

  • In charge of design of pumps, heat exchangers, and piping systems for liquid oxygen hydrogen for the USAF X-20 Dyna-Soar, the NASA Apollo mission., and commercial gases.

Joy Manufacturing, Pittsburgh, PA, Development Engineer

  • Performed research and design of oil-field drilling equipment for the, Baash-Ross Division.
  • Corporate Management Trainee, nation-wide.
  • Trained at plants and offices in compressors, mining machinery, electrical cable and connectors, and oil-field drilling equipment, as well as manufacturing, research and development, drafting, and sales.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

Certifications

  • Registered Professional Engineer-California
  • Registered Professional Engineer-Illinois and Texas
  • Certified Management Consultant-Institute of Management Consultants
  • Commercial pilot, instrument-rated: Airplane, single engine, land and sea; Federal Aviation Administration Certified
  • Airplane, multi-engine, land, Federal Aviation Administration Certification
  • Department of Defense clearance

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Life Member
  • California Institute of Technology: Institute Scholar and Teaching Assistant
  • Engineers Association of Nevada County Member
  • Forensic Expert Witness Association: Member
  • Institute of Management Consultants: Annual Confab Committee
  • Optical Society of Northern California: Member
  • Order of the Engineer: Member
  • Professional and Technical Consultants Association: Senior Member, Past President
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers: Senior Member
  • Postgraduate studies in accounting, engineering, and management

Awards

  • Research and Development Magazine: "R&D 100" Annual Award
  • Tech Briefs: "Create the Future" Annual Awards

Publications and Patents

  • Author: Presentations, peer review articles, and conducts interviews.

Patents

  • Particle Collection Apparatus
  • Particle Production Apparatus
  • Sump Pump
  • Traveling Block with Variable Air Spring
  • Swiveled Hook for a Traveling Block

Education

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  • B. S. Engineering, California Institute of Technology
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