Expert in Polymeric Materials, Flooring, Innovation Management, Ideation, Intellectual Property
Expert ID: 722958
Expert spent 34 years in new product development at Armstrong World Industries. He was technical leader/project manager on specific projects and successful developments of new flooring products. He has experience with "Stage/Gate" processes. He held multiple positions in developing flooring and foamed insulation products.
He was responsible for developing short- and long-range strategic research planning. This included utilizing external resources for assessing trends and technology. Research projects and cooperative projects with external sources were established based upon strategic research planning. As Intellectual Property Manager, Expert provided input to strategic research planning of R&D unit managers.
His expertise in polymer processing includes those polymers used to manufacture vinyl flooring, including rotogravure sheet flooring, vinyl tile, and commercial sheet flooring. Processes within his expertise include plastisol processing; melt processes such as calendering, extrusion, and roll press/stencil consolidation processing; and lamination processes, including printed films. He has experience in processing non-PVC polymers such as polyolefins, polyesters, and polyurethanes for flooring applications. He also has broad experience in processing polymeric coating formulations.
Expert is a registered patent agent with experience in drafting patent applications and dealing with the US Patent Office working with Duane Morris LLP. He also has experience in patent litigation both as a fact witness, as well as multiple Expert Witness experience. Expert developed expertise in flooring materials during his 34 years at Armstrong World Industries. He has been an R&D Senior Scientist/Project Manager, and held multiple R&D Management positions. He is experienced in carpet, ceramic tile, wood, and vinyl flooring materials. He holds 37 U.S. patents related to flooring materials and processes.
Expert has 14 years of experience as a Senior Scientist/Project Manager and 13 years of management experience in vinyl flooring products. He has held the position of Innovation Manager--Residential Flooring Products, responsible for R&D and Styling & Design for new vinyl flooring products. In this position he had a staff of 65 professionals and budget responsibility of over $12 million. He had responsibility for development of advanced coatings for use in flooring products. This includes solvent-based, water-based, 100% solids, and sol-gel compositions. They include UV coating, e-beam, and thermal curing technologies. He established the correlation of coating properties to flooring performance. He executed cooperative research agreements with university resources to study the mechanics of abrasion resistance of coatings for flooring products. He also developed technologies for gloss control.
He is experienced in UV coating materials including urethane acrylates, polyester acrylates, epoxy acylates, and ceramer organic/inorganic materials. He has broad experience in composite coatings on PVC layers, films, and UV cured/sol-gel composite coatings. His experience in release coatings include UV coatings, water-based, and melt-based materials. He built on his Ph.D. in organic chemistry to develop a knowledge of polymer chemistry, including polymer synthesis and polymer modification. He has a technical and practical understanding of the relationship of polymer chemistry/structure to polymer physical properties. He has applied his knowledge of polymer chemistry to coating formulation development and composite structures for flooring products.
Expert is a registered patent agent. He holds 46 U.S. patents and multiple international patents. He has experience working with law firms in: drafting and executing patent applications; preparing responses to U.S. Patent Office actions; and conducting preliminary patentability searches. Experience as Expert Witness in patent litigation : Interface Inc. vs J&J Industries; Pregis Innovative Packaging Inc. vs Sealed Air; Valenge vs Halstead and Home Depot. Expert spent seven years as Intellectual Property Manager for Armstrong World Industries. He established a worldwide IP strategy and process across multiple flooring businesses, increasing the number of valuable patent applications by 300%. He has conducted ideation and invention-on-demand. He was co-leader with an Armstrong attorney in defending Armstrong in a patent infringement lawsuit versus Mannington. He has experience in providing depositions and testifying in court during patent litigation. He has conducted competitive patent analysis and strategy, and developed "blocking strategy."
He participated in developing Armstrong World Industries’ Floor Division strategy in his position as Innovation Manager--Residential Flooring and as Intellectual Property Manager. He also participated in a "Market Expansion Team" composed of Marketing, Advertising, Production, and Logistics personnel. In his R&D Management positions, he had responsibility for strategic research planning.
Consulted with Armstrong World Industries on chemical embossing and vinyl flooring processing problems.Consulted on a patent application and and response to office actions.Consulted on a patent infringement issue for one of their clients. Expert has consulted with three different law firms as an Expert Witness in thee different patent litigation trials. Expert has consulted as technical expert with multiple large and medium companies.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Allentown, Pennsylvania - Reading, Pennsylvania - Scranton, Pennsylvania - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - Trenton, New Jersey - Camden, New Jersey - Wilmington, Delaware - Baltimore, Maryland - Alexandria, Virginia