Bruce Weiner is an Information and Internet Technology executive with over 30 years of in-depth experience managing product and software development for contracting companies and Fortune 100 companies. Since 2012, he has been a Technology leader at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Mr. Weiner is a Princeton trained computer scientist and electrical engineer, and a patent holder. Over his career, he has gained extensive experience in Information Systems management, program/project management, software development, software architecture, internet delivery, business applications, technology vendor selection, IT Outsourcing, and customer contact center operations.
Litigation Consulting Services: Mr. Weiner has experience as a consulting and/or testifying expert witness in software development, patent infringement, and commercial litigation matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. He is adept at translating complex software, patent, and technology issues for the lay person audience. He consulted on industry transforming anti-trust cases in the travel industry.
Bhuvan Urgaonkar, PhD, has over 15 years of experience in the field of Software Engineering and Computers. His work includes research in computer systems software, distributed computing (including systems such as Zookeeper, Redis, Memcached, Cassandra, Kafka), datacenters, cloud computing, storage systems, energy efficiency of computers and datacenters, big data (including systems such as Hadoop, Spark).
Dr. Urgaonkar has published over 80 research papers in competitive peer-reviewed conferences and journals on these topics with several best paper awards. He has procured research funding totaling more than $3 Million USD from federal agencies and industrial labs (Google, HP, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon) to lead and train several Phd and MS students who now work in industry and academia. Dr. Urgaonkar has also delivered lectures on topics including Cloud Computing and Data Centers to Faculty at Microsoft and numerous other technology companies and universities around the world.
Education / Training: Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2005) B.Tech (honors) in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
Awards / Honors: Test of Time Award, ACM Sigmetrics 2016 National Science Foundation Career award, 2010 IBM Faculty Fellowships, 2016, 2014 Several best paper awards (see CV)
Litigation Support - Dr. Urgaonkar serves as an expert / technical consultant with multiple firms helping them (i) understand technical content related to state of the art products in areas such as content distribution, distributed computing, datacenter design, among others and (ii) interpret patents in these areas and connections between them and state of the art products and services. Services are available to law firms, government agencies, schools, firms / corporations, and hospitals. They include case review, deposition, and trial testimony as needed.
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tech4cars.com is an Automotive and Transportation Electronics consultancy established to connect clients with resources and information on OEM and Aftermarket applications of electronics within vehicles of all types. Founded in 1986, Myles H. Kitchen provides a wide range of consulting services to all sizes of organizations, from technology start-ups, to Fortune 100 firms all around the globe. His client list includes auto manufacturers, automotive suppliers, investors, government agencies, other consulting firms, technology start-ups, attorneys, and insurance companies.
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Myles H. Kitchen is an Automotive Electronics Engineer with over 45 years of hands-on design, development, testing, manufacturing, and technical marketing of Automotive Electronics Components & Systems for both OEM and Aftermarket. Background Experience - A licensed Racing Driver and 3 time series champion, Mr. Kitchen is "hands-on", and has worked on nearly every electronic system used in vehicles. He also has experience with Consumer Electronics Products, Medical Devices, and Voice Recognition / Natural Language Dialogue software platforms. He is a Lifetime SAE Member, on 4 current Committees for Cybersecurity and Diagnostics, and formerly served on SAE J2657 Tire Pressure Monitoring Committee. Mr. Kitchen is a former Design Engineer for Motorola's Automotive Division (ignitions, engine controls), former Director of Automotive for National Semiconductor (semiconductors for all types auto electronics), former Director Automotive for Intel Corp (micro controllers and memories for automotive), and former VP Product Development / VP Marketing / Sales for Zemco Group (OEM and Aftermarket automotive electronics products - cruise controls, trip computers, security, remote keyless entry, clocks, modules and more). He also was part owner of Quantic Industries, an OEM vendor of airbag squibs and energetic devices.
Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of Forensic Accounting, Intellectual Property Economic Damages, Royalty Audits, and General Economic Damages. 2017 California CPA of the Year & 2012 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year Mr. Blum is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA.
As a world leading Royalty Auditor and Risk Advisor, Mr. Blum has deep knowledge of Georgia-Pacific factors and other major influencers on reasonable royalty rates for patent litigation. He led the national royalty audit practices for Big 4 firms Ernst & Young and KPMG where he also wrote the global methodologies for both firms. He is one of five members of the Board of Regents with the 80,000 member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Clients: Mr. Blum's clients have included Adobe, Amgen, Beats Electronics, DGA, Disney, Dolby, DreamWorks, DTS, DKNY, Ed Hardy, General Electric, General Motors, IGT, IMG, Marvel, Mattel, McDonalds, Microsoft, MLB, and the NFL to name a few. Commonly audited industries include consumer products, electronics, software, apparel, media and entertainment, aerospace, automotive for trademarks, patents and copyrights.
Mr. Blum’s two books published by Oxford University Press and LexisNexis on financial terms in contracts are leading sources of valuable information for attorneys and contract negotiators. He has also made numerous presentations to law firms, professional groups, universities, and others regarding contract compliance and auditing. View Sidney Blum's Expert Witness Profile.
Dr. John Strawn, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1985) has over 30 years experience in software development (assembly language, Fortran, C, C++, Java, HTML, XML). He is experienced in digital signal processing, especially for audio and music, including audio compression such as MP-3. As an employee and as an independent consultant he has worked on teams in large and small companies on cutting-edge technology. Dr. Strawn has served as testifying expert in patent and trade secret cases, conducted extensive prior art searches, and written expert reports, working for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has conducted software analysis of thousands of pages of source code. Having been a Fulbright scholar in Germany, he can easily work with source material in German. He is an accomplished public speaker and has published extensively.
Testifying Experience: includes Lucent v. Microsoft (San Diego, CA, February 2007), at $1.5 billion one of the largest patent jury awards in US history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatel-Lucent_v._Microsoft).
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Founder & CEO, Penrose Check-In Services, LLC Dallas, TX – Present CMO & VP Marketing, Walmart Sam’s Club, Bentonville, AR CMO & VP Marketing, VF Corporation VFI, Alpharetta, GA SVP, Ketchum Public Relations, Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX Global Director, Marketing Communications, UPS, Atlanta, GA Marketing Promotion Director, Nabisco Biscuit Division, E. Hanover, NJ
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: International Trademark Association (INTA) American Marketing Association Brand Activation Association, Board of Directors Council of American Survey Research Organizations American Association for Public Opinion Research Marketing Research Association
EDUCATION: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1988 Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Education / Math Resource, Illinois State University, 1984
OTHER: Adjunct Marketing Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson, Madison, NJ M.B.A. Case Competition Judge, Emory University, Atlanta, GA Board of Directors, Emory University Goizueta Business School Alumni Association Co-Founder and Board Member Emerita, Leadership Worth Following, Dallas, TX
Winner: Cartier Women’s Initiative 2017, co-sponsored by McKinsey & Co. Winner: AARP Innovation@50+ 2016