Expertise DescriptionI have over 50 years experience as a product designer, manufacturing executive, and consulting mechanical engineer. I have litigation experience with patent infringement, patent analysis, trade secrets, contract disputes, physical deconstruction and analysis; product liability; fraud; and class action. My expertise includes computers and disk drives; cryogenics and heat transfer; electrical equipment; electronics manufacturing; engineering and manufacturing management; fluid machinery; lasers and optics; machine design; metals, plastics, glass, and ceramics; mechanical engineering; medical and scientific instruments; and stress and vibration. I have more than 20 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes Patent infringement; Patent analysis: utility and design, U.S. and several foreign; Patent-portfolio review; Patent-claim construction; Prior-art research; Trade secrets; Contract dispute; Manufacturing and engineering custom and practice; Physical deconstruction and analysis; Product liability; Fraud; Class action.
My consulting services include engineering & manufacturing – developed and introduced to production the first mass-produced product to use the doide laser; client management, analyzed manufacturing yield; designed plastic submersible pump; designed ultrasonically-welded plastic cassettes for analytical gel; surveyed operations of plant fabricating heavy steel structures.
My background is in mechanical design and manufacturing. I have designed and developed plastic parts made by injection molding and extrusion and I have been employed by a manufacturer of plastic extrusions. As an employee of a manufacturer of mining machinery, I have inspected copper mines in Arizona and I have been consulted by a company performing electroplating of large parts. I am experienced in applying adhesives and sealants, technologies related to the patent.
I have supervised the design of hundreds of products and prepared or reviewed thousands of design and manufacturing drawings. I have managed a machine shop and a complete manufacturing department.
For the last three decades, I have been an independent engineer, consulting in product design and manufacturing. As part of my practice, I have served as an expert witness in more than 100 litigation cases, mostly about patents. I have testified at deposition more than 30 times and at hearing or trial, including over 15 jury trials.
|Master of Science||Mechanical Engineering||California Institute of Technology|
|Bachelor of Science||Engineering||California Institute of Technology|
|Registered Professional Engineer – California|
|Registered Professional Engineer (inactive) – Illinois and Texas|
|Certified Management Consultant (inactive) – Institute of Management Consultants|
|land and sea-Federal Aviation Administration Cert.|
Awards & Affiliation
|R&D Magazine: R&D 100 Annual Awards Judge|
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases