Expertise DescriptionFormerly a corporate and intellectual property lawyer, I’ve spent more than 20 years guiding innovation through strategic product design. My background offers a unique understanding of the business side of creativity... From toys to complex medical devices, I've helped hundreds of clients bridge the gap between creative insight and commercial success. It’s a combination of experience that brings a valuable understanding of design to IP disputes, and clients appreciate how my legal training augments my credibility as an expert; it’s a decided advantage to be the only designer who brings a law degree to the deposition. With 40+ US design and utility patents, I advise on all aspects of IP strategy - protection to licensing. And when things don’t go as planned, I serve as expert witness in disputes involving patent infringement, validity, trade dress and all associated intellectual property matters. My specialties include: Design Strategy | Design Thinking | Product Design | Industrial Design | Licensing | Brand Strategy | User Research | Intellectual Property Development, Protection and Monetization. I have provided expert witness and litigation support for than a decade relating to: Design Patents | Utility Patents | Infringement | Validity | Trade Dress.
Areas of Expertise
I have been engaged as expert witness on a variety of cases since 2004, involving both design patent and trade dress infringement. I’ve also enjoyed serving in a litigation support role on a number of other patent and trade dress disputes, in which I helped frame legal arguments and high-level strategy in ways which guided clients to effective solutions in lieu of litigation.
While my experience as a designer has been key in my role as expert witness, my value as expert is enhanced through the ablility to grasp more complex legal issues involved in the protection of design and trade dress. On a recent high-profile case, for example, I rendered a report and was deposed in a developing area of design patent infringement – “Article of Manufacture” – that’s become critical to the economics of such cases.
So while I apply my design experience to effective analysis of infringement, validity and other customary aspects of intellectual property disputes, I also bring a unique authority to opinions and testimony around areas of law that design experts without a legal background could not.
I’m an award winning product and industrial design consultant, working for over 24 years with clients ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to newly-funded startups, developing cutting-edge consumer, medical and military devices.
My work involves not only functional and aesthetic design, but most importantly a focus on user research and strategic design thinking to guide clients toward optimal solutions – products and services which carefully target and capitalize on marketplace opportunities.
I would be happy to share a selection of relevant work from my design portfolio with prospective clients, in order to highlight experience that enhances my credibility as expert witness for the subject matter of a particular case.
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
|M.I.D.||Master in Industrial and Product Design)||Pratt Institute|
|B.S.||Economics and Political Science||New York University||Economics and Political Science|
Awards & Affiliation
Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA), Industrial Designers Society of America
CES Innovation Award, Consumer Electronics Association
The Good Design Award, Chicago Athenaeum
Dr. Toy Best New Toy, Toy Manufacturer’s Association
The ID 40 Award, ID Magazine
Industrial Designers Society of America