|Product Development||Expert Witness Services|
|Patent & Patent Related Issues||Design Analysis|
Gabriele Goldaper has over 45 years experience in the Fashion, Garment, Textile Industry, as a retailer, manufacturer, consultant, and college instructor. Ms. Goldaper is a perceptive and articulate Expert Witness who has been involved in more than150+ Apparel Industry Legal Disputes. She has been deposed and testified in bench and jury trials and arbitrations, for both defendants and plaintiffs.
Ms. Goldaper has owned her own clothing manufacturing company and has held key executive positions in major public and private companies in Southern California. She has been a Management Consultant to over 200 new, failing or growing apparel companies, and completed assignments for USAID in Romania, Egypt, El Salvador, Moscow, Thailand and Bulgaria as an apparel expert.
Ms. Goldaper is a 30-year member of the faculty at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
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Murat Okcuoglu is an Automotive Engineer and Designer with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with most United States and European automotive manufacturers.
Mr. Okcuoglu has invented and developed QuadraDrive, VersaTrak, and various other traction control and all wheel drive systems which went into production on many make and model vehicles including Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Mustang Cobra R, Dodge Viper R/T, Buick Rendezvous, Pontiac Aztec, Saturn Vue, Chevrolet Venture, and Oldsmobile Silhouette.
Driving race cars for 40 years, Mr. Okcuoglu has tested and developed vehicles with all major U.S. and most European manufacturers and manufacturers' on proving grounds around the world. He has unparalleled experience on both the hands on and academic aspects of automotive engineering and vehicle systems.
Mr. Okcuoglu has produced several publications and papers and has been awarded 9 U.S. and over 7 foreign Patents. He currently works as an independent consultant, doing research mostly on Vehicle Dynamics and Electronics.
Litigation Support - Murat Okcuoglu provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. His experience includes approximately 70 depositions and testimonies in Federal and State courts. Mr. Okcuoglu's services include site review, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
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Dave Howell is a Software Development and Marketing expert, with a focus on Intellectual Property litigation. He has spoken at a number of conferences, including Apple's WWDC (World-Wide Developer Conference), NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), and One More Thing (an Australian mobile developers' conference), and has given guest lectures at Portland State University's School of Business and the University of Phoenix.
Experience: Mr. Howell has worked as a lead software engineer or software engineering executive for over 30 years. He has written code or managed development for a variety of platforms, including macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Sony Playstation, Samsung Bada, the web (front- and back-end), and hardware peripherals. His experience includes six years as an engineering executive at Apple Inc. In 2002, Mr. Howell sold the intellectual property of his first startup, Pablo Media, to Apple Inc. In 2008, he founded Avatron, a leading developer of apps and peripheral hardware for iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows.
Education/Training: Mr. Howell holds the following degrees: - BS in Computer Science & Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, with High Honors - BA in Music, Case Western Reserve University, Magna Cum Laude - MBA, Cornell University, Johnson School
Degrees / Awards/ Honors: Patents US 15/902,779: Accelerated Secondary Display System (application pending) US 9,058,759: Virtual WDDM Driver US 8,694,888: Method and apparatus for titling US 7,643,037: Method and apparatus for titling by applying effects to a number of computer-generated characters US 7,594,180: Method and apparatus for titling by presenting computer-generated characters US 7,483,041: Method and apparatus for titling US 7,199,805: Method and apparatus for titling Other Awards • National Merit Scholarship • Ohio Academic Scholarship • Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary fraternity • Mu Phi Epsilon honorary music fraternity • Electronic Musician "Most Innovative Software Product" award.
Litigation Support - Mr. Howell is available as an expert Witness for Software Intellectual Property litigation and as a Strategic Consultant. He can be helpful with claim construction, source code review, and expert reports, depositions, and testimony about infringement and patent invalidity. For the past 10+ years, he has been the Founder and CEO of Avatron, a leading developer of apps and peripherals for mobile devices and desktop computers. Under his leadership, Avatron has developed and marketing dozens of apps for iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows, including two Top Selling iOS apps, with millions of satisfied users
Mr. Howell's ideal expert-witness client would be a software development firm entangled in patent litigation. He is also available for marketing and strategy consultation with app developers and SaaS providers. As a consultant, Mr Howell's clients have included Intel, Apple, numerous tech startups, and a Swiss bank.
Rob Wallace has unique expertise in Trademark, Trade Dress, Copyright, Brand Identity and Package Design Infringement. For 35+ years, Rob ran one of the nation's top Brand Identity Strategy and Package Design Resources providing global branding expertise to Fortune 500 companies in virtually all CPG categories. His clients include P&G, Nestle, Pepsico, Unilever, Kraft, Colgate, The Home Depot, Brown-Foreman, Novartis, J&J and more than 50 market leading companies. Manhattan-based, Rob has been an expert witness for important litigation involving:
Rob has commissioned literally hundreds of consumer surveys and is uniquely qualified to determine the results of all research. He has worked for attorneys on both the plaintiff and defense sides of his cases. He is effective and efficient with the average project report requiring between 10 and 12 hours.
Peter A. Crosby has over 35 years experience in the Medical Devices Industry. He has been the CEO of six medical device companies (public and private) in four countries, and has been a member of the board (including chairman of the board) of over 10 companies.
Mr. Crosby is an accomplished entrepreneur and company builder, and has brought many medical device products to the world market. In 2017, he retired as CEO from Mainstay Medical, after spending over 8 years as the founding CEO, doing several rounds of financing, taking the company public in Europe, and bringing Mainstay’s ReActiv8 to market in Europe. Although he continues to work with the company on a consulting basis, he has shifted his focus to helping other companies grow, as a board member, advisor, and in interim management.
With a university education in Biomedical Engineering, Mr. Crosby is the inventor on over 30 US patents and applications pending. He has managed the intellectual property portfolio of several companies. His clinical domain experience includes ophthalmology, otolaryngology, cardiology, cardiac surgery, orthopedics, pain management, anesthesia, and intensive care.
Litigation Support - Mr. Crosby has served as an expert witness in many cases including product liability, intellectual property (patent disputes), and commercial contracts disputes. He has testified in three cases in which the outcome hinged on interpretation of “commercially reasonable efforts.” Mr. Crosby's services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant.
Mark A. Jackson, PE, has over 35 Years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. For clients around the world, he has successfully solved design challenges, analyzed designs, intelligently and quickly developed prototypes, and tested the designs for achievement of design intent.
Prior to starting Blue Dolphin, Mr. Jackson spent 17 years as an engineer at various companies in a variety of industries including: Abex Aerospace Division where he developed Hydraulic Axial Piston Pumps and Actuators for the Space Shuttle, the Stealth bomber and Boeing aircraft; Sunrise Medical® (Quickie®) where he designed the industry's first Titanium Alpha Alloy wheelchair and the world's first composite wheelchair; and Keiser® Sports where he designed one of the world's bestselling Aerobic Fitness bikes: the Power Pacer®.
Mr. Jackson's innovative thinking has led to several patents and many new products including: Rex EMS, LLC RexONE™ – patented design and winner of the 2010 EMS World Expo Innovation of the Year award; Sunrise Medical® Quickie® Pulse™ – patented suspension for the Pulse™ power wheelchair; Raindrip® – Simple Drip™ products – the original Clamp and Pierce system, and the In-line Hose Thread Filter / Regulator; and McLellan Industries – Control by Wire Roll/Pitch/Yaw Hydraulic Manipulator for Mill Liner Handlers.
Litigation Support: Mark A. Jackson provides expert witness services to attorneys or insurance companies involved in Machine Failure/ Machine Injury litigation, Product Liability, Vehicular Accidents, and Patent Opinions. He has participated in hundreds of projects involving machine design and product development. Mr. Jackson has provided numerous depositions and is qualified in Los Angeles and Fresno County superior court.
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Rosemary Coates, President of Blue Silk Consulting, is a seasoned executive with an MBA and 25+ years of experience in Chinese Sourcing and Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Manufacturing and ERP Systems Consulting. Background Experience - Prior to BSC, Ms. Coates was a Senior Director at SAP, the Supply Chain Practice Leader at KPMG Peat Marwick and at Answerthink, and a Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard. Ms. Coates has consulted with global and domestic clients, VCs, and PE firms on operations systems and processes. She has considerable international experience and has worked for extended periods in Asia and Europe. Ms. Coates' experience spans a broad range of industries including High Technology, Software, Chemicals, Health Care, Consumer Products, Industrial Products, Food Distribution, Transportation, Publishing, Retail, and Oil and Gas. She has extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing and outsourcing in Asia, Europe, and the US. She has written five Amazon.com books including Best Seller, 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China, and Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes, and 42 Rules for Superior Field Service, and Negotiation Blueprint for Buyers, and The Reshoring Guidebook Ms. Coates is also the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and a member of the Board of Directors at the University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute. She teaches Global Supply Chain Strategy at UC Berkeley. She earned a BS in Business at Arizona State University and an MBA at the University of San Diego. She resides in Silicon Valley. Rosemary Coates: Supply Chain Management OverviewLitigation Support - As an Expert Witness, Ms. Coates has assisted attorneys in their understanding of relevant Supply Chain Operations and Practices in sourcing, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, inventory, and Chinese Imports. She has worked on legal cases for the past 10 years, writing reports, giving depositions, and testifying at trial. Case Opinions:
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