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Expert in Expert Witness & Design Thinking Trainer/Facilitator

Expert ID: 734012 Pennsylvania, USA

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Over 30 years of experience as an industrial designer in corporate, consulting and academic environments.

Experienced in design within multiple markets, including infant products, exercise equipment/accessories, consumer/commercial electronics and housewares.

Knowledgeable in design patent and trade dress law. Continuing education certificate awarded for “How to Serve as an Expert Witness in Design Patent Litigation” by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Experienced in expert research, report writing and deposition.

Facilitation of visualization of what was needed for six companies to merge as one.
Facilitation of three companies to create a new company based off of their strengths.
New product and service idea generation in the Consumer Packaged Goods and Banking spaces.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Pittsburgh

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2008 Degree: Masters of Design – Advanced Strategies Subject: Strategic Design Institution: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Year: 1989 Degree: Bachelor of Environmental Design Subject: Product Design Institution: North Carolina State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Design Thinking training & facilitation
Expert witness - Design and Utility Patents, Trade Dress & Copyright of Useful Articles
Strategic design advisor
Years: 2009 to 2015 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Business Development Manager Department: Responsibilities: New business sales and marketing
Expert witness
Strategic planning for clients
Years: 2006 to 2009 Employer: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Title: Assistant Professor Department: School of Design Responsibilities: Taught Industrial Design courses for Bachelor level students in Industrial Design and Engineering
Years: 2005 to 2006 Employer: DAKA Designs Title: Director of Design Department: Responsibilities: Managed a department of five Industrial Designers and three Graphic Designers
Years: 2001 to 2005 Employer: Elumens Corp. Title: Director of Product Development Department: Responsibilities: Developed concepts and component costs for custom simulator projects for commercial and military applications in US, Europe and Asia.

Technical Sales both at Trade Shows and on-site for customers worldwide.
Years: 1998 to 2001 Employer: Gamil Design Title: VP/Partner Department: Responsibilities: Managed new product development from initial concept sketches through manufacturing for a variety of clients.

Shared the duties of Office Management, Sales and Marketing of the firm
Years: 1996 to 1998 Employer: Evenflo Company Title: Manager of Product Development Department: Responsibilities: Designed and developed 7 lines of new products from initial concepts to production

Hired and managed one direct report
Years: 1995 to 1996 Employer: Roadmaster Title: Industrial Designer Department: Responsibilities: Designed and developed a new line of higher end treadmills
Years: 1994 to 1995 Employer: Performance Title: Industrial Designer Department: Responsibilities: Designed and developed new Bicycle Accessories

Managed product development schedules based on introduction in five catalogs per year
Years: 1991 to 1994 Employer: Gerber Products Company Title: Senior Product Development Specialist Department: Responsibilities: Designed and developed new infant feeding products from concept to production for both International and Domestic Markets
Years: 1989 to 1990 Employer: Stahlwood Manufacturing Title: Design Coordinator Department: Responsibilities: Designed new infant products

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2005 to 2009 Country / Region: Hong Kong Summary: Lived and worked

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Intellectual Property Owners of America 2018 to Present
Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) 1989 to Present
Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) 2011 to 2015
Hong Kong Designers Association 2006 to 2009.
Design Management Institute 2008 to 2011
Licenses / Certifications
Certificate in Training as an Expert Witness for Design Patents - Industrial Designers Society of Americas, 2015
Professional Appointments
US Government Liaison Officer (appointed position)
Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) May 2011 to July 2014

International Liaison Officer - Asia (appointed position)
Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) January 2007 to November 2009

Chapter VP (elected position)
Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) January 2005 to December 2006

Southern District VP (elected position)
Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) January 2003 to December 2004

Carolina Chapter Chair (elected position)
Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) January 1999 to December 2002
Awards / Recognition
Inducted into the Academy of Fellows, Industrial Designers Society of America
Publications and Patents Summary
US Design patents – 14; Utility patents – 3.. Europe Utility patents – 1. Australia Utility Patent – 1. WIPO Utility patents - 2

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
2018 (Utility Patent)
Civil Action
Research, report writing & deposition

2018 (Trade Dress)
Civil Action
Research, report writing & deposition

2018 (Utility Patent)
Inter Parties Review
Research & Report writing

2012 (Design Patent)
Civil Action
Research, report writing & deposition

2011 (Utility Patent, Design Patent & Trade Dress)
Research, report writing & deposition
Training / Seminars
• Webinar Presentation - Visual IP - The Value of Design Patents Trade Dress and Copyright – Catalyst Connection, Jan. 16, 2019.
• Presentation – Visual Intellectual Property: The Value of Design Patents & Trade Dress. Design in Plastics conference, Detroit, MI, Nov. 6-8, 2017.
• Presenter – Design Turkey Business, Design and Business Week Turkey, Istanbul, Oct. 18-19, 2016
• Presentation – Design Matters: Changing Your Business Model By Design, Pittsburgh Technology Council, Pittsburgh, PA, August 25, 2016.
• Presentation – Design Patent and Trade Dress Overview. Meetup, Pittsburgh, PA, July 16, 2015.
• Participant and Moderator - Design Your Business: Panel Discussion. CREATE 2015 Festival, Pittsburgh, PA, June 12, 2015.
• Presentation – Design Thinking. Young Presidents Organization meeting, Orlando, FL, March 25, 2015.
• Teaching – Career Planning for Integrated Innovators. Carnegie Mellon University. Integrated Innovation Institute. Fall 2015 to 2017 semesters. Business Model Development. Carnegie Mellon University. Integrated Innovation Institute. Fall 2016 semester.
• Presentation – Industrial Design in Commercial Markets. Sino-US Exchange of Industrial Design, F518 Bao'an District, Shenzhen Creative Industry Association, Shenzhen, China. Sept. 22, 2011.
• Presentation – Design Thinking; What it is, What it is not and Why it is important. LKK Design office (Beijing), ZTE headquarters (Shanghai) May 18 and May 27, 2011, Arriba Software (Pittsburgh, PA) April 17, 2013, Wuxi Design Conference (Wuxi, China) May 25, 2013 and Sichuan-Taiwan Industrial Design Awards (Chengdu, China) Dec. 4, 2013
• Teaching – Practicing Design (Professional Practices). Carnegie Mellon University. School of Design. Fall 2010 - 2011 semesters.
• Presentations & Workshops: Design Thinking. Carnegie Mellon University, Engineering, Master’s Degree in Engineering and Technology Innovation Management. 2011 and 2013; and Tepper School of Business, Entrepreneurship for High Growth Opportunities class. 2010, 2012 and 2013.
• Presentations & Workshops: Idea Generation and User Research. Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business, Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. 2010 and 2012.
• Presentation: A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing: How to be a Design Thinker in an Analytical World. IDSA Mideast District Conference. Grand Rapids, MI. April, 31, 2010 and IDSA Southern District Conference. Atlanta. April 21, 2012.
Other Relevant Experience
• Cited in The Other Side of Patents: What Design Can Gain from Looking Beyond the Lawsuits by Michael Hages. Design Management Review
• Juror – Design Turkey Awards Turkey, Istanbul
• Interview - Making the Connection: The Importance of Linking Manufacturers with Designers and It's All in the JAM. Made in PA magazine
• Board Member/Secretary - Design House,
• Juror and Jury Chairperson – Sichuan-Taiwan Industrial Design Awards
• Interview – Five Minutes with Expert (article about doing business in China). Pittsburgh Business Times
• Juror – Core 77 Design Awards – Research & Strategy category. Rochester, NY
• Advisory Panel – Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Technology Network.
• Juror – Red Star Design Awards, Beijing, China
• Interview - College Prowler soars after making switch to business model. Pittsburgh Business Times

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