Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc. is a company that specializes in Rapid Product Development. Their engineers have had over 20 years developing the skills of new product design. Our innovative approach to product design can be seen in over 100 patents held by their engineers. When we create a product, we must sell it to our customer. We use resources such as our model shop, computer graphics and animations, full size prototypes and written descriptions to communicate our ideas to our customers. We effectively teach them about the product and its merits. We apply the same skills we use in developing new products to our work as expert witnesses. We give honest, understandable opinions with the underpinning required to help attorneys, judges and jurors make good decisions.
Alpine Engineering's Design Experience reaches a number of industries including Refuse Equipment, Hydraulically Operated Equipment, Trucks and Related Equipment, Aerial Lifts, Manlifts, Industrial Equipment, Mobile Equipment, Material Handling, Forklifts, Pallet Trucks, Boom Trucks, Suspension Systems, Garbage Trucks, Front Loaders, Side Loaders, Automated Loaders, Rear Loaders, Rolloffs, Liftgates, Exercise and Sports Equipment, Trucking Equipment, Turf Care Equipment, Farming Equipment. Alpine Engineering's Comprehensive Services include:
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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.
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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Brooks Hilliard, CMC, CCP is the only actively practicing expert witness in the world who is both a Certified Management Consultant and a Certified Computing Professional specializing in computer system selection and problem resolution. He has testified more than 30 times as a computer expert witness and has been engaged on more than 90 such matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Hillard has done expert witness and consulting assignments in 25 states, and has qualified as an expert witness on computer software and hardware (including ERP, SCM and CRM systems) in both state and federal litigation. His expert witness engagements have included courtroom and deposition testimony in lawsuits, arbitrations, mediations and formal governmental hearings.
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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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Oded Gottesman, PhD, CTO of Compandent Inc., technology IP expert witness in such areas as telecommunications, cellular phone, and signal processing, provides technology expert witness services, prior art search, and consulting for Technology Patent Infringement, Patent Invalidity, Trade Secret Disputes, source code review, hardware analysis, and related matters. Dr. Gottesman has more than 17 years of experience as an expert witness, deposed 14 times, testified 4 times in Jury trial and 2 times in ITC trial, worked on IPR and Ex Parte Reexamination petitions, and wrote numerous reports. Among his areas of expertise are:
Litigation Support - Dr. Gottesman has more than 17 years of experience as an expert witness, deposed 14 times, testified 4 times in Jury trial and 2 times in ITC trial, worked on IPR and Ex Parte Reexamination petitions, and wrote numerous reports.
Selected Clients - Dr. Gottesman's clients have included: Alston & Bird, AZA Law, BakerHostetler, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Comcast, Cooley Godward Kronish, Cummins, Dechert, Echelon, Fenwick & West, Fish & Richardson, Google, Hill Kertscher & Wharton, Kirkland & Ellis, Sidley Austin, Weir & Partners, Woodcock & Washburn, MagicJack, Microsoft, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Nokia, Parts Geek, Samsung, Toshiba, TruePosition, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Wiav, and Williams & Connolly LLP.
Ray Horak provides litigation support as a consulting expert and testifying expert in cases involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), product/service misrepresentation, contract disputes, and intellectual property (patent, copyright, and trademark/service mark infringement) disputes, as well as issues of taxes and fees allegedly owed to 911 districts and municipalities. Those cases have involved a broad range of technologies, including Automatic Telephone Dialing Systems (ATDSs), text messaging, cellular, DSL, E911, fax, PBX, prepaid cellular, push-to-talk (PTT), videoconferencing, VoIP, and voice processing.
He also has performed technical compliance reviews for several clients of the telephony systems they and their third party vendors employ in sales, collections, customer service and opinion polling. The objective of those engagements, several of which are ongoing, is to determine the specific nature and capacities (present, potential and theoretical) of the telephony systems (e.g., ATDS and PBX) and subsystems, the systems of record (i.e., databases), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, Receivables Management (RM) systems, and any and all other peripheral systems, both premises- and cloud-based.
Ray is an Independent Consultant with a General Practice in Wireline and Wireless Telecommunications and Related Fields such as the Internet and Voice over IP. His 45 years’ experience includes management and executive positions with Southwestern Bell, CONTEL, and Executone. Ray authored the best-selling Communications Systems & Networks, (John Wiley & Sons), Telecommunications and Data Communications Handbook (Wiley-Interscience), and Webster’s New World Telecom Dictionary (Webster’s New World). He was Senior Contributing Editor for Newton’s Telecom Dictionary (12th through 21st Editions). He has written hundreds of technical white papers, case studies, articles, and columns for major print and electronic publications such as CommWeb, Computer Telephony, Network World, The Prepaid Press, and Teleconnect. He also has served as Technical Editor for several book-length works, including Deploying Secure 802.11 Wireless Networks with Microsoft Windows (Microsoft Press, 2003).