Sidney 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. Leading contract terms and licensing expert. 2017 California CPA of the Year & 2012 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year.
Background - A financial damages expert witness with particular strength in patents, trademarks, copyrights, DMCA, toys, entertainment, oil & gas, malpractice, breach of contract, and consumer products. He served as Chief Audit Officer at Beats Electronics, nine years as an accounting firm Partner including five as a Big 4 Partner, and staff experience with Fortune 50 companies Occidental Petroleum, Unocal, and the Walt Disney Company where he was a member of the internal audit departments. While with Ernst & Young, he led fraud and forensic investigations nationally for their internal audit practice. Vice Chair (2016-2017) Board of Regents of the 80,000 member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Lead more than 1,500 financial investigations.
Litigation Support - As a Financial and Economic Damages expert witness, Mr. Blum has worked on matters from simple to several billion dollars complex litigations. He has testified on more than 40 occasions, equally for plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide variety of State, Federal, and USITC matters. Mr. Blum is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA.
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Nevium’s experts are trial-tested IP custom & practice damages experts who take a hands-on approach with all their IP litigation assignments. Whether you are in need of an expert to calculate economic damages as lost profits / unjust enrichment, give an opinion on specific business clauses in a license agreement or to leverage Internet and Social Media analytics to prove or disapprove infringement, Nevium has the experience and expertise.
Litigation Support:Nevium works closely with C-Level executives, in-house and outside counsel to implement the best possible business strategy that intertwines with the legal strategy. Nevium is part of the team early on in the litigation process assisting with discovery requests and deposition questions. Nevium’s experience and expertise allows the managing attorney to focus on the legal issues knowing that Nevium is proactively taking care of the business side of the case. As experienced Intellectual Property Consultants, they have real-word, hands on IP management, monetization and valuation experience that plays out well in front of a judge and jury. Nevium professionals provide IP expert witness testimony related to economic damages in a range of lost profits, unjust enrichment, relief from royalty, reasonable royalty, relief from pay per click, corrective advertising and IP valuation. They author reports and provide testimony for federal and state court claims, arbitration, and mediation related to false endorsement, defamation, infringement and unfair competition.
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Doug Bania, CLP, Founding Principal, has over a twelve years of expertise in managing, valuing and monetizing intellectual property and intangible assets. Mr. Bania has been a named expert in over thirty (30) cases, has been deposed seven (7) times and has testified at trial four (4) times. Mr. Bania was recently called upon to testify in the Pharrell Williams, et al. v. Bridgeport Music, Inc., et al., case as the Plaintiffs’ and Counter-Defendants’ Copyright Apportionment Expert testifying in the area of Damages and Apportionment. Mr. Bania’s industry experience ranges from apparel to automotive and publishing to music. Prior to founding Nevium, Doug Bania managed 100s of projects related to brands, intellectual property and the related intangible assets. He has assisted clients in intellectual property matters related to acquisitions, litigation, bankruptcy, tax, estate, family and marital disputes, and licensing.
Brian Buss, CFA, Founding Principal, is a Chartered Financial Analyst with over two decades of experience providing intellectual property and business valuation, expert testimony and transaction advisory. Mr. Buss provide solutions for IP owners, attorneys and licensees both in the United States and overseas. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Economics from Claremont McKenna College and completed the Executive MBA program at San Diego State University. An expert in valuation and economic damages calculations, Mr. Buss has valued copyrights, brands, patents and business interests across a wide range of industries from apparel companies to airports and from technology start-ups to global consumer products companies. Often engaged to analyze unique and proprietary assets and their economic impact and contribution to financial results, he works closely with clients and counsel to develop thorough yet clear and understandable analyses.
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Hampton IP is one of the nation’s most trusted Intellectual Property expert consulting and expert witness service firms.
Over the course of the past three decades we have worked on more than 200 cases involving high-profile intellectual property valuations, economic damages calculations, financial impact analyses, patent, trademark and copyright issues, trade secrets, false advertising, breach of contract and construction and defect matters for major corporations and law firms throughout the nation. Hampton IP has been engaged by some of the most prominent law firms in the United States including Baker & McKenzie, K&L Gates, Reed Smith, McDermott Will & Emery, McGuire Woods, Nixon & Vanderhye, Perkins Coie, Davis Wright Tremaine, Milbank Tweed and Greenberg Traurig.
Hampton IP employs some of the most experienced experts in the nation. Our principal consultant, Scott Hampton, began his career in 1986 and has earned a national reputation for his detailed, extremely thorough Rule 26 reports as well as his ability to provide articulate and convincing deposition and trial testimony.
Because we focus primarily on intellectual property damages, we know how to quickly discover the relevant facts and evaluate the conditions of your claim. Our familiarity with intellectual property law gives us the ability to produce a solid report and expert testimony that can withstand intense scrutiny.
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Scott D. Hampton is a CPA, ABV, CFF, and the founder of the Firm. He has over 27 years of forensic accounting experience valuing economic damages due to patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Drew N. Kelner, PhD, is a classically trained Biochemist with 30 years of experience in the Biopharmaceutical Industry as both a hands-on scientist and scientific leader in process, analytical, and formulation development, product commercialization, and product quality assessment.
During his long tenures at Bayer and Amgen, Dr. Kelner had the privilege of participating in the development, registration and/or lifecycle management of 15 biological drugs (9 BLAs), including Epogen, Neupogen, Aranesp, Neulasta, Prolia, Kogenate (Factor VIII), and Vectibix. He has deep experience in the development of biologicals for oncology and immune disorders, including Imlygic, the first licensed oncolytic virus for melanoma, and Blincyto, the first licensed immunotherapy (for leukemia) using a bifunctional ("BITE") antibody. His experience covers all aspects of biopharmaceutical product development, with proven expertise in the commercialization of manufacturing and quality operations for biopharmaceuticals, as well as extensive experience with global regulatory filings at all stages of the product lifecycle. Dr. Kelner’s development and commercialization experience cover both innovator (including first-in-class) therapeutics as well as multiple biosimilars.
Litigation Support - As President of Colorado Biotechnology Consultants, Dr. Kelner has experience as an expert consultant for Biopharmaceutical Patent Infringement and Trade Secrets litigation. He has written multiple declarations (U.S.) and Affidavits (Canada), largely around issues related to biosimilar patent infringement, leveraging his vast knowledge of the scientific literature and experience as a process development leader in both establishing intellectual property while designing ways around existing patents to enable unencumbered process and product development (where feasible).
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Kelner's scientific expertise covers all aspects of bioprocess development and commercialization, including extensive expertise in regulatory filings on a global basis. His areas of expert knowledge include Protein Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, and Protein Pharmacokinetics.
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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.
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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