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Expert in Intellectual Property, Patents, Validity Invalidity, Infringement Noninfringement, Product Liabilty

Expert ID: 731697 Michigan, USA

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Expert has extensive experience in product liability which include: Direct participation in more than 300 litigation cases with in-depth evaluations of multiple high-dollar claims and lawsuits. Forensic Analyses. Expert witness reports, inspections, accident reconstruction, photographs, occupant kinematics & injury causation, component and system analyses. Development of case and trial strategy, summary judgment proceedings, evidentiary hearings, motions in limine, opposition and reply briefs. Deposition, hearing and trial experience in state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States as Expert Witness and Corporate Representative. All areas of discovery, preparing and/or obtaining sets of requests for production, interrogatories, requests for admissions. E-discovery. Preparation of other witnesses prior to their depositions and trial testimonies, including all potential cross-examination questions. Forensic Analyses. Product Liability Law, indemnification, injury thresholds and regulatory requirements, including all FMVSS interpretation/compliance. Optical/vision systems, warning systems, forward collision/lane departure warning, medical devices, wheelchairs, and handicap assistance devices. Automotive, truck (including tractor-trailer) systems, sensing systems, including all crash recorders (Direct design experience in these modules for over 20 years). Accident reconstruction and analysis of crash pulse information. Electrical, electronic, electro-mechanical components and systems. Design validation plans and reports, failure modes and effects analyses, product prove-out, design verification, reliability/durability analyses/assessment. Analysis of component defects including seats, seatbelts, curtains, airbags, roof crush, structure, doors, all modes of sensors, crashworthiness. Electrical systems and architecture, fire cause and origin, lidar/radar, sensors, camera/optical/vision, warning & diagnostic system & fault code analyses. Insurance law, no fault insurance law, subrogation. Automotive domestic/international OEMs, customers, suppliers, manufacturing, operations. Field Analysis of Product Liability Issues and the Implementation of Design Changes to Reduce Exposure. Forensics. Analysis of Alternative Designs. Regulatory pre-emption arguments, express, implied, or fact-specific analyses. Workplace safety/standards/polices, Fall Protection, - OSHA, ANSI, etc.

He also has extensive experience in intellectual property services which include: Evaluation of patent infringement/non-infringement, and patent validity/invalidity, including America Invents Act, and 101, 102, 103, 112 and prior art arguments including analyses under literal infringement and the under the doctrine of equivalents. Prosecution history estoppel. Development of claim charts for Markman hearings, ITC cases, and federal cases. Expert reports, depositions, hearing and trial testimony. Technology standards boards and licensing authorities, antitrust/DOJ, technology development and transfer, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, data rights, trademark infringement/dilution, unfair competition/trade, false/deceptive advertising Lanham Act, etc. Georgia-Pacific factors analyses for determining reasonable royalty for plaintiff or defense. Willful infringement arguments. Development and Analysis of Markman briefs, claim charts, conducting prior art searches, and the analyses of patent file wrappers. Discovery and motion practice, summary judgment proceedings, evidentiary hearings, motions in limine, opposition and reply briefs. Patent Cooperation Treaty Applications, U.S. applications, international filings. Post-Grant Review, Inter Partes Review. Prior art/patentability research in technical literature, publications, product specifications, and dissertations to analyze validity and obviousness. Litigation support and technology education in patent disputes, Federal Cases, ITC cases, & re-examinations, derivation proceedings, prior user rights. Represent clients in all aspects of electrical, chemical, software, computers, microprocessors, and automotive components and systems involving all aspects of intellectual property litigation. Cellular, telecommunication, GPS/navigation, mobile telematics, information/data transmission, etc. Deposition, hearing and trial experience in state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan - Grand Rapids, Michigan - Warren, Michigan - Flint, Michigan - Sterling Heights, Michigan - Lansing, Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan - Livonia, Michigan - Dearborn, Michigan - Toledo, Ohio

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2002 Degree: MBA Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: University of Michigan
Year: 1993 Degree: BS Subject: Electrical and Computer Engineering Institution: Wayne State University
Year: 1991 Degree: MS Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: Wayne State University
Year: 1984 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Wayne State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Chief Scientist Office-Invention Evaluation Committee Department: Responsibilities: Prepare inventions/patents for U.S. army TARDEC Research and Development Center, including all joint research with outside collaborators. Proven ability to flesh out and convey the novel and innovative arguments for new technologies and inventions. Technologies involved cover a broad range of electrical, computer, mechanical, chemical, robotic, acoustical, automotive, powertrain, optical, and other scientific/engineering disciplines. Develop various forms of complex joint research and development contracts and licenses with defense contractors, universities, and other entities. Educate and mentor departments, outside businesses, and contractors on IP related legal matters. Review procurement contracts, and educate and mentor departments, outside businesses, and contractors on legal matters. Develop Invention disclosures and prosecute and write patent applications, respond to office actions, conduct searches, and infringement/freedom to practice analyses. Extensive experience in ITAR, FAR, and DoD government contracts and subcontracts, including data rights, and data restrictions. Develop internal and external policies, procedures, and processes related to legal issues.
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: Vivacqua Laq Title: Associate Department: Responsibilities: Represent clients in all intellectual property aspects of electrical, chemical, software, and automotive components. Develop the patent portfolio for U.S applications, as well as Patent Cooperation Treaty, and international filings. Defend and prosecute trademarks/trade secrets. Clients included General Motors and Adco products. Conducted prior art searches, analysis, and opinions, and determined best design alternatives and solutions.
Years: 2008 to 2009 Employer: Raytheon, General Dynamics Title: Risk and Decision Analysis/Principal Systems Manager Department: Responsibilities: Cross-Functional Team Leader of on-site team supporting the Program Manager, Modular Brigade Enhancements United States Government Customer located at the US Army Arsenal in Warren, Michigan. Responsible for overall contractual requirements drafting and contract fulfillment.
Years: 2007 to 2007 Employer: Dechert LLP Title: Litigation Associate Department: Responsibilities: Conduct intellectual property litigation. Conduct analyses of complex agreements, licenses, patent pools, patent acquisitions and sales, regarding all aspects of intellectual property. Review/draft commercial contracts, and analyze pros and cons related to antitrust, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, and overall legal practices and principles. Conduct all aspects of discovery, motion practice, trial and settlement procedures, and the development and implementation of trial strategies. Conduct dispute resolution and negotiation/settlement. Prepare motions, summary judgments, memos, and responses. Analyze hearings, expert reports, depositions, claim constructions, Markman proceedings/briefs, trial testimony and trials to prepare offensive and defensive arguments and strategies for future proceedings. Represent clients in all aspects of electrical, chemical, software, and computers involving all aspects of intellectual property. This includes licensing, standard boards, technology standards groups and licensing authorities, USPTO matters, joint development agreements, contracts, opinion work, infringement analyses, trade secrets, antitrust issues/DOJ, and indemnification. Proven ability to flesh out and convey the novel and innovative arguments for new technologies and inventions, and understand and convey technical similarities and differences for infringement analyses. Cases involve State and Federal jurisdictions as well as the International Trade Commission. Cases include defense of Gateway, in Lucent/MPT v. Gateway MPEG proceedings, Apple Computer-Lucent Licensing negotiations, Onstar, in Tendler v. Onstar, and Acer/Gateway v. Hewlett Packard International Trade Commission litigation.
Years: 1999 to 2007 Employer: Dechert LLP Ford Design Analysis Title: Technical Case Manager Department: Responsibilities: Extensive experience in managing automotive product liability matters nationwide. Conduct comprehensive discovery, motion practice, as well as overall case management from claim through trial if necessary. Develop trial strategies and accurate/consistent discovery responses. Conduct eDiscovery procedures and establish discovery policy and strategy. Participate in dispute resolution, negotiation, trial, and settlement procedures. Manage multiple cases and work with outside counsel nationwide. Direct technical case management of over 300 cases. Handle legal and technical analysis of lawsuits and claims. Evaluate potential corporate liability. Technical advisor to in-house and outside attorneys in numerous litigations. Educate Ford Office of General Counsel and Ford local counsel in the assessments of high-dollar (multi-million dollar) claims and the development of legal strategies.
Years: 1995 to 1999 Employer: Ford Motor Company Title: Engineering Technical Manager Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Lead cross-functional teams for the design, development, testing, and implementation of advanced-technology systems and manage engineering projects. Developed design verification plans and reports, engineering specifications, failure modes and effects analyses, control plans, product and production validation plans, and then developed the products and systems to meet these requirements. Six Sigma Black Belt, very knowledgeable in QS/ISO 9000 & 14000, TS 16949 compliance and process setup, as well as Quality Operating systems, Business Operating Systems, design for manufacturing, quality control, and quality assurance techniques. Design, develop and analyze electrical system architectures – CAN, LIN, MOST, Byteflight, IDB1394, Flexray, Bluetooth, etc. In-depth experience in vehicle diagnostic, OBDII interfaces, vehicle bus interfaces, class II and serial communication protocols. Experienced in multi-cultural environments. Interface extensively with Mazda in Japan, Ford of Europe, Ford of Mexico as well as suppliers and assembly plants.
Years: 1993 to 1995 Employer: General Motors Corporation Title: Senior Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Developed advanced research contracts, comprehensive statements of work, and technology transfer agreements for new engineering projects. Responsible for the design, development, testing, and release of safety, sensing and electrical systems and overall system performance to meet FMVSS, corporate, and do-care requirements. Extensive experience in reporting and presenting issues and appropriate next steps to senior management.
Years: 1992 to 1993 Employer: AlliedSignal Automotive Title: Senior Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Negotiated and developed contracts, statements of work and comprehensive design and testing requirements for complete restraint system development for domestic, Asian, and European suppliers and customers.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Six Sigma Black Belt – American Society for Quality & International Quality Federation.
Licenses / Certifications
Licensed Professional Engineer; Certified Project Management Professional; Eagle Scout; Certified in Accident Reconstruction

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