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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Dr. Thomas Maronick has provided both plaintiff and defense litigators with marketing and consumer expertise for over 25 years. Prior to that he was the in-house marketing expert at the FTC. Since leaving the FTC in 1997, Dr. Maronick has been qualified as an expert in numerous federal and state courts, providing expert reports, affidavits, and testimony on marketing, advertising, and consumer behavior matters. Dr. Maronick has designed and implemented over 300 consumer surveys for litigation and/or policy related strategies, using virtually every survey research methodology, including mall-intercept studies, telephone and mail surveys, and studies using the internet and consumer mail panels. Dr. Maronick has testified (deposition/trial) over 75 times in the past five years and is the author of research of the use of surveys in litigation. Areas of Expertise:
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"I very strongly recommend Rhonda. She’s great to work with, and her work product is absolutely top-shelf." Greenberg & Traurig, LLP
Expert witness Rhonda Harper MBA has provided expert marketing testimony in cases involving: advertising, branding, promotion, consumer perceptions and behavior, innovation, product development and product launches, market analysis, market research, share and size, marketing effectiveness, corporate and marketing strategy, media relations, public relations, communications, and packaging.
Rhonda Harper is a former Fortune 100 C-Suite Marketing Executive responsible for marketing, branding, consumer research and insights, strategy, licensing, in-store merchandising and advertising. In addition, she is a former GM / SVP of the third largest public relations firm globally, Ketchum, where she led offices covering the southern half of the United States.
Harper has a focus on Trademark and Trade Dress Infringement, Misleading and Deceptive Advertising, Licensing, and Commercial Reasonableness cases. She has conducted 50+ intellectual property Lanham Act surveys, produced 75+ reports, been deposed 50+ times, and served in 20+ trials and arbitrations.
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.
Eric Forister, PhD, is an expert Economist with testifying experience on market definition, market power, and damages. His expertise includes applying advanced statistical techniques to datasets, synthesizing information from documents, and designing and evaluating surveys. A Senior Economist at Econ One, he focuses on relevant questions to tackle complex issues with an efficient and effective style of communication. Dr. Forister also has extensive experience consulting on issues including royalty rates, irreparable harm, sampling, survey design, common impact, and materiality.
Ideal Client Engagement: For litigation-related matters, an ideal engagement would be providing an opinion on economics, damages, market power, or market definition; or providing pre-litigation advice on the economics of potential claims, or the merits of a survey. For non-litigation matters, an ideal engagement would be helping to explain the economics of different business models or consulting to those considering buying or starting an optometry office.
Experience: Dr. Forister has acted in a support/consulting role on over 100 matters. His support work has been a mix of plaintiff and defense work. Dr. Forister has designed and evaluated surveys for IP and marketing cases and worked on a wide range of other matters, including:
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