Legal: Case Histories

These case histories exemplify the services and expertise we can provide to our legal clients. Contact CECON to help you find the expert you need.


Intellectual Property - Patents and Trade Secrets

Medical Device Manufacturing Trade Secret

Situation
Engineer at manufacturer of disposable torque wrenches used in cardiac surgery left his employer, established his own company in competition, and then sold that company to a larger company so it could enter the business.

Expertise Required
Analysis and Infringement – Medical Device Manufacturing

Service Provided
Medical-manufacturing expert examined the designs, tooling, and documentation of both parties and advised plaintiff on distinguishing trade secrets from other knowledge. Parties settled.

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Parenteral Drug Development

Situation
In a pharmaceutical patent infringement litigation, client needed an expert in drug development and formulation.

Expertise Required
Analysis – Drug Development

Service Provided
CECON expert had specific knowledge of the development of parenteral drug products and aseptic recrystallization. Parties settled.

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Power Transmission Cable

Situation
A manufacturer of high voltage electrical equipment claimed patent and trade secret infringement from a competitor related to the design, materials of constructing and production of a high value composite component.

Expertise Required
Analysis – Composites

Service Provided
Composite expert opined on the prior patent art, component design and uniqueness of the material combinations used in the high voltage component. Parties settled.

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Expert Witness

Chemical Explosion in a Refinery Unit

Situation
A worker was injured in an explosion and fire while operating a refinery unit. There were multiple safety and insurance claims to resolve.

Expertise Required
Root Cause Analysis – Chemical Processing Engineering Forensics

Service provided
After exhausting other expert searches, the plaintiff attorney selected a CECON expert engineer with hands- on operation knowledge regarding how a fluid coker works, the role of the bag house, safe operation of a coker, and control procedures and analysis of the opposition's deposition. Chemical expert determined the cause of the explosion was too rapidly drying the product.

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Cell Tower Placement Dispute

Situation
An ocean community was informed by a large cell phone service provider that a new cell tower would be located in their community.

Expertise Required
Analysis – Radio Frequency

Service Provided
The community contacted CECON and hired a radio frequency (RF) expert to testify before the County zoning board. Utilizing RF modeling techniques and his experience with similar assignments, the RF expert successfully refuted the carrier’s claim that the selected location was optimal and necessary.

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Jet Ski Injury

Situation
While operating a jet ski, the user seriously injured his leg.

Expertise Required
Analysis – BioMechanics

Service Provided
A CECON biomechanical and mechanical product design expert prepared an analysis of the jet ski footwell design, a demonstration video, slide presentation, and also participated in a deposition and trial.

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